When I post recipes like this Perfect Picnic Corn Chip Salad, I inevitably get emails from people shaking their heads or finger-wagging saying “this is not an Amish recipe, shame on you for posting it." I’ve said before that Amish cooking is very difficult to define.
There are plenty of “classic recipes “that do capture the essence of Amish culinary culture, staples like shoofly pie and chicken corn soup. But then they’re also legions of “adopted recipes “that will get passed into an Amish community and become very popular, like this Perfect Picnic Corn Chip Salad. I've seen this exact recipe in several settlements.
Perfect Picnic Corn Chip Salad is right up the wheelhouse for many Amish cooks. First of all, you’d be surprised how popular salty snacks are in Amish communities. Sometimes it’s a little disheartening to see how a once very locavore diet has become filled with canned and bagged processed foods. This is the case in many Amish communities, whenever I visit an Amish home I see bags of chips, potato chips, Doritos to a lesser extent, and Fritos corn chips are very popular, I have found. So, what could be better than Fritos in a salad?
I’m not sure who dreamed up this recipe originally, but they were genius. It’s got a little bit of everything in it: “healthy “stuff in the form of lettuce… I guess… But the rest is sort of not so healthy: bacon, cheese, eggs, miracle whip salad dressing, and sugar. So, yes, if you are on a diet, don’t for a second think the salad is healthy. But if you are not on a diet, and you just want a good salad that makes for a fun conversation, then look no further.
I do know that many Amish who make this will add lettuce grown from their garden into it, and perhaps some garden carrots. This would make it a hair healthier, but not much....So, let's get started!
Corn chips are the star of the show, I wouldn't skimp on these...I mean, you could use a generic brand, but I'd go for the real thing.
The dressing is really easy to make and not very healthy: Miracle Whip, sugars, and vinegar, basically.
I don't like chopping eggs, not patient enough, but here they are!
At least my bacon turned out nice and crisp but, geez, this salad is something!
I just put the corn chips in a gallon-sized zip bag.
And then I just used my fists and crushed them, a good way to take out any anger you might have pent up!
Makes a perfect salad for a potluck or picnic! This recipe version makes a lot of salad, so feel free to halve this recipe if you're just making it for a few people.
🥗 Perfect Picnic Corn Chip Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce
1 /2 pounds shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 1 /2 cups corn chips, crushed
1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 /4 cup milk
1 /4 cup brown sugar
1 /4 cup white sugar
Boil eggs, cool, and peel.
Toss together lettuce, cheese, bacon, and eggs.
Mix together salad dressing, vinegar, milk, and sugar and toss with lettuce mixture.
Add in corn chips and toss just before serving.
🥗 More Popular Amish Salads
Ultimate Tossed Salad - A little healthier!
Haystack Salad - Another popular one!
Famous Macaroni Salad - so good!
Refreshing Fruit Salad - wow!
🖨️ Full Recipe
Perfect Picnic Corn Chip Salad
- 1 head iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce
- 1 1 /2 pounds shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled
- 6 hard boiled eggs chopped
- 2 1 /2 cups corn chips, crushed
- 1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 /4 cup milk
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Boil eggs and set aside to cool.
- In a LARGE bowl, toss together lettuce, cheese, bacon, and eggs.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together salad dressing, vinegar, milk and sugar and toss with lettuce mixture.
- Add in corn chips and toss just before serving.