The Perfect Potluck Salad

When the temperatures are rising and the grills are smoking, you have to have the perfect potluck salad. This Frito Corn Salad is the one that will have no leftovers. It’s a perfect salad for family cookouts and potluck parties. Memorial Day is coming up soon and summer holidays are just around the corner. If you need a quick and easy make ahead salad to take to a get together then this is the perfect potluck salad for you.

A great salad for picnics, cookouts, and potlucks!

My Aunt Judy started bringing this Frito Corn Salad to all our get togethers years ago. I remember thinking…Fritos in a salad, no way is that gonna be good. Boy was I ever wrong! The bowl is always empty when it’s time to leave.

Frito Corn Salad is great for potlucks, BBQ, and parties.

My Aunt Judy always put the canned corn in the fridge to get it good and cold. When she would bring this dish to my house she would always bring all the ingredients chopped up and still separated. She would mix it all up right before it was time to eat and add in the bag of Fritos.

If I’m taking this to someone else’s house, I mix it all up ahead of time, keep it refrigerated, except for the Fritos. Then when we get to our destination and it’s time to eat, I dump in the bag of Fritos.

This Frito Corn Salad is the perfect addition to any potluck, cookout, or holiday. It's super easy and there are never any leftovers.

Go ahead and give it a try. I know you want to see if corn and chili cheese Fritos are actually good together. Like me you will want to say thank you to my Aunt Judy for giving me a great recipe years ago that I’ve used time and time again!

The best make ahead crowd pleasing salad ever. Perfect for potlucks, holidays, and events.

If you are looking for another crowd pleasing Summer Cookout Salad recipe check out my recipe for Deb’s Summer Macaroni Salad here. My Bacon Cauliflower salad feeds a crowd and is great anytime of the year…get the recipe here.

Frito Corn Salad is a quick and easy salad for any get together!

Frito Corn Salad

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cans corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 10 oz bag Chili Cheese Fritos


Mix together all ingredients except the Fritos. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in Fritos until well blended when serving.

Seriously, can it get any easier?

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45 thoughts on “The Perfect Potluck Salad

    • Thank you! When I make this just for us, I half the recipe and mix it all up except for the Fritos. Then when we are ready to eat I just mix up a small portion with the Fritos. Then mix in Fritos again with the leftovers.

    • It would be worth a shot. I’ve used Greek Yogurt and mayo for chicken salad before. Maybe mix all the ingredients without the mayo. Then mix up a small serving with the Greek yogurt to see how it turns out.

  1. Haha that’s an interesting combo, Lacie! I’ll have to try it… I don’t normally love Fritos but my step-dad always loves the most random food choices so I’m sure he’ll eat it! :p

    • Thank you Brittany! I know it’s a weird combo but it really is delicious! I bet your step dad will love this recipe! Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

  2. Yum, love the flavors in this salad! This would be a fabulous addition to my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! I would love for you to stop over! 🙂

  3. Diane says:

    This was great. Made a 1/2 batch with what I had on hand. Frozen corn vs canned. ( Less sodium), a small red & orange sweet pepper diced instead of the green. Half mayo and half sour cream (both low fat) and because I only had regular Fritos I added 1-1/2 tbsp. Of homemade low sodium chili seasoning to the sauce. A little thicker sauce and this would be a great dip to scoop up with tortilla chips. Thanks for the recipe!

    • lacier77 says:

      Hi Diane! So glad you found a version that was great with what you had! I’m thinking cream cheese and it could be a dip. I just made it and have some leftover that I didn’t add chips. I’ll have to give it a go. ????

    • lacier77 says:

      Get Amanda. I haven’t tried it with fresh corn but I bet it would be just as good!

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Amber! No I haven’t tried chives but I bet it would be good. If you try the chives instead, let us know how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Amber says:

        I decided to try the chives and it was quite yummy! I think they have a powerful flavor, though, so I may add a little bit less next time I try it. For the record, I also added some sour cream and took away some mayo– only because my husband bought a Costco sized sour cream for some reason, and I am trying to find reasons to use it!

        Thank you!

        • lacier77 says:

          It’s sounds like you were able to create your very own recipe. Thanks for the tip about the chives!

  4. hema says:

    hey what type of cheese have you used. also can I use fresh cream instead of mayo. i don’t really like mayo in salads

  5. Margie says:

    I came across this looking for something different to take to a covered dish I tried it out on my husband last night (who usually will not try anything and hates everything). I loved this and so did he. He had thirds which is very unusual. Thanks for a great recipe. I will be taking it in two weeks so I’ll see how it goes over with the ladies. Btw I was so impressed with this recipe I signed up for your email which I have never done on any other blog.

    • lacier77 says:

      Hi Margie! That is amazing. Thank you so much. This is a salad that people usually wonder about and once they try it, they love. I hope it goes over well with the ladies too. Thank you for signing up.

  6. Val says:

    how do you think this would be with cherry tomatoe halves and ranch dressing instead of the mayo and maybe red onions?

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Val. The cherry tomatoes would be great. I’m not sure about the ranch. That’s a totally different take on this recipe. If you love ranch, give it a try. Maybe mix up the ingredients and before adding the mayo, take a couple spoonfuls and mix in some ranch. Taste and see if those flavors work. Let me know how it turns out.

  7. Janis says:

    Hey Margie,
    I’m a miracle whip gal. Think I could substitute that for the mayo? This looks absolutely delightful and can’t wait to make it!

    • lacier77 says:

      Miracle Whip is a different flavor from mayo so I would be interested on y’all’s take on the flavors. I would love to know how it turned out??

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