Summer Corn Salad (With Video)

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Summer Corn Salad is a bright refreshing taste of summer. Garden fresh corn and tomatoes come together with fresh mozzarella, herbs and a glorious dressing that really gives it an even lighter fresher taste. This simple recipe is the perfect summer side!

summer corn salad

I can not get enough of salads during the summer months, but lately lettuce has not been my thing.  So I have turned to fabulous vegetable salads like my Best Ever Broccoli Salad to satisfy this craving.

Pasta salads really rock my world, but on days like today where I am longing to taste the freshness of summer.

Summer Corn Salad

 I grabbed a bunch of garden fresh ingredients (okay, they are actually market fresh) and tossed them with an incredible lemon and garlic dressing and sat down to enjoy lunch.

The fresh corn takes me back to a few years ago when Chad and I planted a garden full of corn.  I mean he is from Iowa, we should be able to grow corn…  Even in Arizona.

Well, I tended that corn, fertilized it (by shaking the tassels) watered it by hand.  That corn garden was my baby.

After a full season of tending the corn, using all natural gardening alternatives to deter pests and loving on my corn (can you tell I really babied this corn garden) the day finally came to harvest the corn.

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The harvest: 3 ears.  Yes, you read that correctly my garden of corn stalks (12 or so) yielded 3 ears of corn.

I have to tell you though, my excitement was not suppressed by the low yield.  Chad and I took 2 ears of corn and dropped them in boiling water (with nothing added).

After a few minutes we took them out of the pot and ate them.

That was the best corn I have ever eaten in my life. So what happened to the 3rd ear you ask? I ate it straight off the cob. It never made it to the kitchen.

AMAZING and it was so inspiring that I started enjoying fresh corn on the cob in dishes like this one.  I love it, and you will too.

Helpful Tips to make Summer Corn Salad:

  • You can cook the corn if you prefer, I really enjoy the fresh taste of it uncooked in this salad.  The acid in the lemon juice will mellow out the starchiness of the corn and create a fabulous flavor. You can easily make corn on the cob by following our Microwave Corn on the Cob recipe!!
  •  If you are traveling with this salad or making ahead; you can prep the salad and the dressing and wait to pour dressing over salad until ready to serve.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

What you will need to make Summer Corn Salad:

Enjoy!

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Summer Corn Salad + Video

Donna Elick
Summer Corn Salad is a bright refreshing taste of summer. Garden fresh corn and tomatoes come together with fresh mozzarella, herbs and a glorious dressing that really gives it an even lighter fresher taste. This simple recipe is the perfect summer side!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob, cleaned and washed
  • 10.5 ounce package grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite size pieces
  • 10 basil leaves, chiffonade (roll leaves and slice thinly)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut corn off the cob, place into a medium mixing bowl. Add tomatoes and mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil. Set aside.
  • Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a pint size canning jar. Shake to combine. Pour dressing over salad. Toss to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

If you are traveling with this salad or making ahead; you can prep the salad and the dressing and wait to pour dressing over salad until ready to serve. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
You can cook the corn if you prefer, I really enjoy the fresh taste of it uncooked in this salad. The acid in the lemon juice will mellow out the starchiness of the corn and create a fabulous flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 258cal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 443mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published July 2014, updated  and republished May 2020

30 Comments

  1. Wow! A salad with all my favorites: corn, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and garlic! It just doesn't get much better than this.

  2. You are so funny…3 ears! Bless your heart! Yes, I'm a southern girl and with the best of meaning, I just said, Bless your heart. Such a cute story. The recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for it and the others also! PINNING!!!

    1. haha Thank you Kim. I have to say it was so worth it though. Best corn ever. Let us know if you try the recipe and how it goes. Enjoy!

  3. The CSA box this week provided corn and lemons. The garden offered up tomatoes and basil, thanks to a permanent 34% shade structure. Gardening in the desert southwest is a true test of will and fortitude. We've never got corn to grow. I lightly steamed the corn in the husks; just enough to knock off the rawness of the corn. Sorry, I don't like corn *that* much. Result? The star of the plate! Thank you for this recipe.

  4. What a great alternative to always having a caprese salad which we love!!!! All of these salad recipes sound out of this world and this is the perfect time to receive them! Thanks so much!

  5. I've been making a version of this for years, and it is truly heaven in a bowl! To really take it up a notch, use chopped heirloom tomato – like a Black Krim or Cherokee Purple. If you've got a ripe avocado on hand, add that, and if you don't have fresh lemons, make the dressing with EVO and Balsamic vinegar.

  6. I love corn and ran across this recipe last evening and decided to make it. I followed the basic recipe but used heirloom tomatoes and added some arugula. It was pretty and very delicious!!! will be making this again and again! Thank you!

  7. Wow! I just made the corn salad, and I can't stop eating it! This is something my old friend Maria would have made. She loved fresh ingredients, and often tossed her salads in lemon juice and olive oil. I will make this one again and again!

  8. I made this salad last night with grilled chicken and wow! such a refreshing salad and will have for lunch today. keep sending your salads recipes to me.

  9. Oh my……so delicious!! I love the fresh lemon juice and olive oil dressing. I could have eaten the whole bowl, but I saved some for my husband! Very fresh!

  10. Summer is almost here and to be honest I love summer salads. I never did a recipe like this but doesn’t look too hard.

  11. Have made this twice and it is absolutely delicious! It was a big hit at a family pool party. My 12 year old liked it too, he just avoided the tomatoes. Used dried basil instead of fresh the 2nd time , but it was just as good.

  12. Made today. Blanched the corn & used cilantro instead of basil. Added a jalapeño & used Panera bread lemon dressing. Super tasty

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