Crack Corn Salad [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 11 reviews

Crack Corn Salad is crunchy, creamy, sweet, sour, and savory all at the same time! Make this quick side dish for your cookouts this summer! Also, watch the recipe video to see how simple this is to make!

If you need a quick side dish recipe, then, make this recipe! It pairs well with our other cookout regulars like the Grilled Chicken Wings, BBQ Pork Chops, and Grilled Steak!

Image of crack corn salad with bacon in a glass bowl.

Corn Salad Recipe

Crack Corn Salad makes for a great crowd-pleaser! Not only because it is yummy, but because you can prepare so much in so little time.

I did not even think it was feasible for me to create a dish in just a few minutes with minimal effort. But I did it! You see, I forgot that some friends will come over for a cookout.

I went to the kitchen, looked over my groceries, and when I found some corn, I just knew instantly what to prepare!

I always keep my famous crack ingredients on hand for emergencies like this, so lucky me, I was able to whip up this side dish in no time!

This is just how quick and easy to prepare this tasty side dish is! It is simply perfect for emergencies like this, or perhaps, on days that you feel extra lazy. Let’s get started!

What is corn salad?

It refers to any kind of salad that has corn as the main ingredient. For this recipe, I used sweet corn kernels and ranch dressing to coat the other ingredients.

Also, I incorporated the crack trio – a combination of bacon, cheese, and ranch. These ingredients add another dimension to the sweet taste of the kernels.

Corn salad ingredients photo.

Is corn healthy?

Yes! Treated as a vegetable and a grain at the same time, it has many health benefits including the following:

  • rich in carotenoids that aid good vision
  • high in dietary fibers that are beneficial for the digestive system
  • low-fat and gluten-free

However, despite these benefits, watch your intake because it is starchy after all. The starch can elevate your blood sugar levels quickly after a meal.

What do you need to make Crack Corn Salad?

You need the following ingredients:

  • sweet corn
  • bacon
  • green onions
  • jalapeno
  • ranch
  • cheddar cheese
  • juice of one lime
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

Picture of homemade crack corn salad with bacon.

How do you make Crack Corn Salad?

  • Prepare the ingredients: Chop the vegetables, shred the cheddar cheese, and cook the bacon.
  • Combine: Put everything in a large bowl, and toss all the ingredients together. Just make sure that you are coating each piece of ingredient in the dressing.
  • Serve: Garnish with desired herbs, and then, serve chilled.

How do you make homemade Ranch dressing?

It is very simple as you will only combine the following ingredients:

  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • buttermilk
  • dill
  • parsley
  • chives or green onions
  • onion powder
  • garlic
  • salt pepper
  • lemon juice

You can find the exact steps for the best homemade ranch dressing here

Crack corn salad in a bowl photo.

What to serve with corn salad?

This is a perfect meal on its own. Similarly, this recipe is a perfect side dish to pair with:

How to store it?

  • Refrigerate: You can refrigerate the whole thing by putting it first in an airtight container. This can be stored for up to 4 days. Meanwhile, the ranch dressing will keep for about one week.
  • Freeze: Do not freeze it. However, you can freeze the corn almost .in an instant.
  • Make-ahead: Considering these storage factors, you can make it in advance, put in a cool and dry airtight container.

Recipe Tips

  • You can either buy the whole ones including the cob. Then, blanch and then, run a knife from one end to the other, placing the blade closely to the kernels. Or, you can use the commercially available ones. Just remember that fresh and homemade beats any dish.
  • If the jalapeno is too hot, then, you can remove the membranes and seeds which add up to the spiciness.
  • You can add the bacon at the last step in order to retain its crunch up to the last minute of preparation.
  • Popcorn is a healthy snack, enjoy it!

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5 from 11 reviews

Crack Corn Salad

Crack Corn Salad is crunchy, creamy, sweet, sour, and savory all at the same time! Make this quick side dish for your cookouts this summer!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins



Ranch Dressing:


Ranch Dressing:


Nutrition information

Calories: 415 Carbohydrates: 24 Protein: 14 Fat: 30 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 39 Sodium: 627 Potassium: 353 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 390 Vitamin C: 9.9 Calcium: 93 Iron: 0.9
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Dorothy Reinhold

My kids are going to love this. It has their three must have ingredients... bacon, cheese, and ranch! Win!



This salad really is the best! Can't beat anything that has bacon, ranch and cheese. ;) YUM!


Melanie Bauer

Love how quick and easy to make this! Absolutely a perfect addition on our table, so tasty and yummy!!



The bacon and cheese take this corn salad to another level!!


Beth Pierce

This was the perfect side dish with dinner last night! Looking forward to enjoying this all summer!



Dang, I want to eat that entire bowl myself!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This couldn't look any more perfect!



This turned out great! I needed a fast side dish for a potluck bc my original plan of coleslaw didn’t turn out good. I left out the jalapeño and lime juice bc I didn’t have any and instead of cheddar cheese I used 4 cheese Mexican blend. It turned out so good I’d wished I had enough corn to double it! Definitely will be making this again!


Hi Molly, thank you for the feedback! I am glad you have enjoyed it as much as we do this dish!)))



Would love to try this! Can frozen corn be substituted for fresh?





Do you cook the corn first?


You can use canned or frozen corn that you dont need to cook.



Delicious. Everybody at the church dinner loved it.



Do you serve this Chilled or warm?


Can be served both ways, its delicious warm and cold.



This looks amazing!! It has the best ingredient list ever. I can't wait to make it with left over corn on the cob



This looks absolutely delicious, but I hate jalapeños. Will this taste ok without them?


Yesss! It will be just as amazing!



Is the corn cooked at all?


you can use raw, grilled or canned corn.



Would this work as a dip with tortilla chips?


Definitely and it will be amazing! Try it, it will be a success.


Wendy Simpson

Hi~ I want to make this for an upcoming camping trip but just wanted to check to make sure 12 slices of bacon is correct. I mean I do love bacon, but that sound a bit excessive. Could someone tell me if they really did use 12 slices. Thank you! :)


LOL hi yes I used 12 slices, if that sounds like a lot start with 8 :)



Do you have measurements for the ranch dressing??


I used 1/2 cup, you can use more.


Kelley Hoff

Can someone tell me roughly how many servings on recipe makes? It sounds great and want to make for an outdoor cookout for 12...


About 6-8 servings I would say.



Can I get the ingredient measurements for the ranch dressing? Thank you.


Hello, thank you for stopping by, you can find the recipe here:



I think she is asking the measurements to make the ranch dressing homemade. You listed the ingredients to make the ranch but no details. I have the same question!


Stella, as mentioned above, I have included the link as well. Please check it out. thanks!



I see the ingredients for the homemade ranch dressing, but what are the measurements for each ingredient?


Hi Wendy, I have added the link to our dressing as well. thanks



Do you have the measurements on how to make the ranch dressing?


I have included the link to the homemade dressing as well. Please take a look! Thank you!



You list the ingredients to make the homemade ranch dressing but not the measurements for each ingredient. I would like to try the homemade dressing. Thanks!


I added them, sorry


Rebecca Williams

We loved it ♥️. Our grandchildren love helping nana (that’s me) in the kitchen. This recipe is easy to follow and you can put the bold flavors on the side so even the littles can enjoy.



Making double now with frozen corn that I roasted in air fryer. Some to be with dinner tonight and rest going to party tomorrow. Can’t wait for it to get cold to sample.


Grace Cottingham

Three of us devoured nearly all of this for dinner. I was hesitant about putting in a whole jalapeño, but definitely will the next time I make it. Also, after letting it meld in the fridge for a few hours, I felt the need to add more dressing. We thoroughly enjoyed it!



Are you supposed to use regular ranch and the homemade ranch? Or only use the homemade?


both work great


Marcy Zavacky

Wow! I have never commented on a Pinterest recipe before. This is THAT good!! I could eat the entire bowl! Definitely a keeper!


so happy that you loved it :)



I've made this several times now. It's so good! As a personal preference I began adding halved grape tomatoes & cubed cumbers. Now that corn is season I plan to roast some & use this version in the salad. I haven't tried it yet but I think avocado added last minute would be delicious.



In the recipe, you have the salad ingredients listed and it says 1/2 c ranch dressing. Then in the ranch dressing ingredients it obviously makes quite a bit more than 1/2 c. So I’m assuming you make the ranch dressing and just use 1/2 c of it for the salad and save the rest for another use??


Correct, I make more and use it for other recipes or as a dip.



I have a question: The "1/2 cup ranch dressing" in the salad directions, is that a 1/2 cup from the large batch created with the mayo/buttermilk/sour cream, or is a 1/2 cup bottled ranch? Then, do I use the entire batch of Ranch Dressing (made w/ mayo/buttermilk/sour cream) to combine w/ the salad?


You can use the homemade dressing or a store-bought dressing. I start with 1/2 cup, taste and adjust if the salad needs more.



Could you use regular ranch dressing?





Great salad. As we age our taste buds dull but this salad has zing that can make those buds come alive.


Kelli Hancock

Hi I want to know about Crack Corn Salad so freeze corn or after cook corn or what ??? You didn’t explain me about corn freeze or cold or cook????? Thanks Kelli Hancock


I am sorry, I don't think I understand the question, but I will try to help you. You can use CANNED or GRILLED/COOKED corn, do not use frozen. If you want to use frozen, you have to thaw it first.


Carolyn Mytrunec

I made this tonight hand yes it was really good!!! Carolyn


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