Good Luck Layered Cornbread Salad


Happy New Year!

With the new year comes a conscious effort to eat a little healthier at our house, a least for a month or so :) I put together a layered salad with some healthy ingredients, adding a few ingredients to bring good luck for the new year too.

Good Luck New Year Layered Salad

 For good luck in the new year I added cornbread, corn kernels, black-eyed peas, and bacon. Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and smoked turkey for some protein, makes it a complete meal.


Cornbread is considered good luck for the new year since the color resembles gold. For extra luck add extra corn kernels, aka, golden nuggets to your cornbread. I added some thawed frozen corn for an additional golden nugget layer to the salad.

For the cornbread I used Jiffy corn muffin mix, baked in an 9 x 9 pan, quick & easy with the addition of an egg and milk and ready in about 20 minutes. Allow your cornbread to cool and cut into 1-inch squares.


Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is a Southern tradition and considered good luck due to their abundance and coin-like appearance. I added some bacon to top the salad for good luck and because everything is better with bacon. The custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress, since they move forward rooting for their food.


Add your protein of choice for an entrée salad, chicken, turkey or ham for additional good luck for the new year.

If you’re superstitious, a word of warning:

Chicken is considered an unlucky food for New Year’s since they scratch backwards, and could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory is that eating any winged fowl on New Year’s can cause good luck to fly away. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our turkey was balanced by our cornbread, black-eyed peas and bacon and our good luck won’t fly the coop :)


This salad is flavorful and satisfying and the cornbread is a nice addition to the salad that adds just a bit of sweetness, whether it brings good luck or not!


 I like to use a trifle bowl for a layered salad since you can see the colorful layers. No recipe is required for this salad, just layer to your taste. Frozen corn, thawed, a package of grape or cherry tomatoes and a can of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed, lettuce, bacon, and protein of choice.

Good Luck New Year Layered Salad

This is a crowd-pleasing salad and good to take to a potluck or on a picnic, packed in a jar. If you’re not a fan of black-eyed peas, you can substitute black beans or chickpeas. Add a layer of cheese if you like and serve with a buttermilk or Parmesan ranch dressing.


I have a small collection of vintage New Year post cards and one that offers a message for good luck. . .


A happy New Year, dear friend, that’s my wish for you.

And lots of good luck I also send to last the whole year through!


Wishing you Good Luck and Good Eats in the New Year!

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  26 comments for “Good Luck Layered Cornbread Salad

  1. Melissa Smith
    January 2, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Mary is there any thing you can’t do?? Hahaha!!! This salad looks sooo good! I definitely would make this… And looks like a crowd pleaser.. Lol. Love the vintage cards, I also love looking at Pinterest at the vintage New Year cards. Happy New Year!

  2. January 2, 2015 at 6:34 am

    This salad looks good and appetizing ! Yum! A great evening meal when you don’t feel like cooking.
    Happy and healthy New Year to you and yours🎉

  3. January 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This is about my speed! A lovely salad to get the New Year off to a healthy start. I adore cornbread and black-eyed peas. YeeHaw! Happy New Year, Mary!

  4. January 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I was telling a friend that my pork and greens might just be BLT Dip for New Years Day… Glad to see you were like minded:@) Happy New Year Mary, wishing you all the best in 2015-enjoy!

  5. franki
    January 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

    We got “part of it right”…enjoyed our “black-eyed peas”…”hoppin john’s!” Remembering “way back” when we moved South…couldn’t remember the name and asked for “Jumpin Jacks.” :) franki

  6. January 2, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Mary, I hope your yummy-looking cornbread salad with all its lucky ingredients does bring you the best of luck in this new year! I’m quickly glancing at your posts in the middle of the night when all else is quiet for a little bit of me time, but I’ll be back soon~~after the 24th!~~to enjoy every one of your delicious and inspiring posts more fully! And Nellie sends wet dog kisses to Chloe and Gracie. :) Linda

  7. January 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Oh Mary, you’re going to have such a wonderful year with all those good luck ingredients in your salad! I’ll take two big helpings, please, of your beautiful layered salad. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy 2015!

  8. January 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    We love every single ingredient! I hope your year will be a great one!

  9. January 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve got the trifle bowl and all the ingredients. Gotta make this sald!!! I have salad left over from yesterday but when I finish that I will make yours, need all the good luck I can get!!! Thanks for the info on why things are considered good luck!

  10. January 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    looks delish, i have been dining on cobb salads lately, can you believe even i was craving green?! happy new years, love the new banner and look forward to all you have to share this year again~

  11. January 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Happy New Year …just love this post

  12. January 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I just made the salad and it is delicious. You didn’t say what type of cheese you used so I thought Monterey Jack would look nice, and I have to tell you I am adding this to my recipe repertoire for serving next New Year’s.
    Happy New Year 2015.

  13. January 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I made my traditional corn bread, black eyed peas, and collards…and here you are combining them all in one dish in such a beautiful way!…..Love your collection of New Year’s postcards!….Happy New Year Mary!!!

  14. Louise
    January 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I really like the salad you made except I want to know if you are concerned about GMO in the corn mixes and the corn you put in the salad unless you purchased non-gmo products?

  15. Amy
    December 30, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    This salad looks so good. I want to make it right now. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday Link Up.

  16. Arlene
    December 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Looks amazing! Does the corn bread get soggy though?

    • December 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      No the cornbread is on the bottom.

  17. January 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    This is fabulous! I need to make it for my Mom. It would be her favorite new salad! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  18. January 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This looks delicious and luckily I have some black eye peas leftover from our New Year’s Day meal.

  19. Eloise Fitzsimmons
    January 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    This looks so good ! I made your tortellini wreath recipe with the Rao sauce for Christmas. BIG HIT ! You’re my number 1 go to if I need a really special recipe . THANKS!

    • January 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Thank Eloise, I’m glad it was a hit! Happy New Year! 🎈🎊🎆

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