The Weeknight Salad You'll Want Right Now — VIDEO

Making a great dinner for yourself after a long day at work can definitely sound daunting. And when you're looking for a dish that's quick, fresh, and easy to make, chances are you'll find yourself reaching around in your refrigerator for the typical components of a salad — which can get pretty boring really fast if you're eating it night after night. The solution? Break all of the salad rules and go where no weeknight dinner has ever gone before— and pair it with a pizza that's packed with fresh ingredients. This easy-to-make salad recipe from MacKenzie Smith of Grilled Cheese Social stars Southern-style cornbread and will play well with all of your favorite meals. And what's better than a delicious weeknight dinner recipe you can throw together in under 20 minutes?

In partnership with California Pizza Kitchen® Frozen Pizzas, we worked with MacKenzie to devise a simple, satisfying salad that complements the tangy flavors found in their BBQ chicken pizza. A true Southerner, she didn't let us down. The pie's sweet BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven with this salad's sweet cornbread crumbles. Plus, the zesty red onion slices found on each slice work in perfect harmony with the salad's tart pickled onions, peppery arugula, and buttermilk dressing packed with garden-fresh herbs and fresh-squeezed lime juice. MacKenzie is giving us serious inspo for upping our weeknight dinner game. Just a few minutes can make all the difference!

Arugula & Sweet Cornbread Salad With Pickled Onions And Tangy Herbed Ranch

2 cups arugula

1 cup chopped heirloom tomato

2 tablespoons pickled red onions

1 cup sweet cornbread, gently crumbled into one-inch pieces


2 tablespoon buttermilk

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon of each fresh herb (dill, chives, parsley, and cilantro work well — throw in whatever you have!)

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 pinch salt

1 pinch fresh ground pepper

1 pinch garlic powder

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together in a large container. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serves two.

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