Cornsalad is a peculiar name for this plant … any plant as far as that goes. It turns out that another plant in this genus, Valerianella locusta, is a European plant that has been used for centuries in salads. The French in particular cultivate that plant. ‘Corn’ is a generic term for any grain in England, and this plant tends to grow as a weed in wheat fields, thus “Cornsalad”. Now you know something useful!
Goosefoot Cornsalad is a somewhat rare plant in Indiana that grows in rich, moist soil.