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Fresh Corn Salad is so light and so easy to make-it’s the perfect addition to your summer dinners. So grab some corn on the cob the next time you see it, cause this salad is delicious!

Corn salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

Fresh corn salad is super yummy and easy to make. The vinaigrette-style dressing is tangy and light. This salad is a great addition to a potluck or summer gathering and goes awesome with any and all picnic fare. It is also great because it stays crisp and a little crunchy even when green salads wilt. The next time you see a fruit and vegetable stand, stop and grab some corn on the cob for a terrific summer treat!

Can I use canned corn or frozen corn?

You can use canned corn, but then it wouldn’t be fresh corn salad. Canned corn has been cooked and sits in water, so it won’t have the same texture and flavor as fresh corn. Frozen corn is a better option as it was removed from the cob and flash frozen. Be sure to thaw it and drain it thoroughly of all excess moisture if you choose to go this route.

How do I cut the corn off the cob?

Make sure you use a sharp knife and be careful! You can lay the corn down on its side or stand it up and make sure you have a tight grip. Start by cutting one side off, close to the cob. After that, you can rotate the corn and, using a scraping motion, cut the corn off row by row or as close to that as you can.

Bird's eye view of Corn Salad in a white bowl.

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Corn salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.
Fresh Corn Salad is so light and so easy to make-it's the perfect addition to your summer dinners. So grab some corn on the cob the next time you see it, cause this salad is delicious!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 5 ears of corn shucked
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 english cucumber diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add ears of corn to boiling water and boil 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Use a sharp knife to cut the kernels from the cob and place into a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss corn with tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, onion, basil, and mint.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corn Salad
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Meredith Willis Vautour
June 26, 2020 11:20 am

5 stars
My family absolutely loved this salad! We have friends that do not like basil (crazy,I know!), so I’m wondering if you have a suggestion for another non-basil&mint fresh herb combo?

June 10, 2020 9:27 am

from your Italian buddy you are a super chef. I have tried many of your recipes and not making any changes they work just fine . Your recipes are similar or almost the same as my Italian home mom use to make . My favorite on Friday is clam sauce with added shrimp and macaroni. Its great with garlic, olive, parsley etc. If you want let me know.

June 8, 2020 6:04 am

5 stars
Everyone loved it. I’ll definitely make it again.

LaRue Hamilton
June 6, 2020 6:38 am

This salad is a meal by itself! Yummy!

July 24, 2019 6:24 pm

This was delicious! I made it today, maybe not with the exact proportions stated in the recipe due to what I had in the fridge, but it was tasty nonetheless. I will definitely make again. Husband loved it too! Thanks!

Becky Woods
July 7, 2019 5:29 pm

Great picture caused me to gather ingredients, made it for dinner!! It is even better than it looks!!!
Thank her for your recipes!!!

Charlene meidinger
June 27, 2019 11:23 am

LOVE THIS CORN SALAD,been looking for a different kind of salad to make for an upcoming family reunion later this summer this will fit in just fine,as we all grew up on farms that grew most of ingredients ,so sure will be a great memory reminder!!!!!and lead to some great conversations!!! thanks for sharing

Laverne Hilt
June 27, 2019 10:42 am

Salad looks delicious, I will try this on my family. Thank you!

Marie E
July 29, 2019 5:13 pm

5 stars
Yummy! And easy too.

April 29, 2020 4:18 pm
Reply to  Marie E

5 stars
Love you Rachel! You have absolutely the BEST recipes. Thank you, and I can’t wait to make this again, as I am a corn-aholic, and this recipe is delicious. It is my total comfort food.

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