Summer Corn Salad

Recipes · Salads · Sides · October 8, 2017

Summer Corn Salad - a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's perfect for BBQs and will be a hit at any party!

Have you ever been invited to a BBQ or get together and were asked to bring a side salad to share?? This has happened to me on countless occasions, and for some reason I always get stumped as to which recipe to bring. I love regular green salads but feel like they get soggy fast, so I recently went on the search for another recipe that could be my go-to side dish salad. I think I found that recipe in this Summer Corn Salad. Now, don’t let the name fool you – it doesn’t need to be summer to make it but it’s especially perfect for summer time. It’s light, flavorful and delicious!! It also takes less than 15 minutes to make. It’s full of corn, basil, cucumber, feta and tomatoes – all of which are some of my favorite ingredients. It was loved by the entire family and was gone as quick as it came out. It will definitely be a new favorite, especially if you love corn.

If you are looking for a simple, quick and tasty salad to try – this is the one!! As I mentioned already, it’s light and full of flavor. I guarantee it will be a hit at your next family function, especially if you’re a fan of these ingredients, like we are. Here is what you’ll need to make it…

Summer Corn Salad - a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's perfect for BBQs and will be a hit at any party!


So many of our favorite ingredients in this salad!

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Love the flavor of this corn salad recipe!! And I love even more just how simple it is. As always, you can easily change this up by leaving out or adding any of your favorite ingredients. We loved it how it was but may add beans next time just because I know they’d be a great addition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Summer Corn Salad
Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's perfect for BBQs and will be a hit at any party!
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing (optional)
  1. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of oil, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cooking corn in a skillet with remaining oil until tender.
  3. Pour corn into a large bowl, cool slightly and add tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Right before serving, drizzle with dressing, feta cheese and Italian dressing (if desired). ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.ย 

Summer Corn Salad - a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's perfect for BBQs and will be a hit at any party!
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    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.

      Lil' Luna

      Not hard at all & perfect for summer!! I’d love to know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!


    Any reason I couldn’t swap out the feta for goat cheese crumbles? We’re all trying to cut back on the salt, and we all like the goat cheese…

    Also, what kind of beans were you thinking of adding?

      Lil' Luna

      I don’t see why not ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe black beans?? I guess you could add whatever bean you like. Enjoy!!

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    Great corn salad recipe! Gotta try it!


    Thank you for the great recipes..
    But so very envious of you clean garage.. Anytime you want to come and do ours ..

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, thank you so much! You are so sweet! LOL…once was enough for me!

    Renee Wyckoff

    Can you please check the recipe amounts of oil? It says teaspoons in one place, and tablespoons (of oil) in another. HELP!


    I’m a little confused on oil and how much to use. There is two different measures.

      Lil' Luna

      It’s 3 tablespoons total & in the first step it says to add 2, then later you’d add the remaining, which is 1 tablespoon. Hope that helps!!


        The other 2 commenters are saying they are confused because the ingredient list has 3 teaspoons of oil, divided but the instructions mentioned tablespoons. I know you explained but think it would be helpful to all if ingredients were corrected. Not everybody takes the time to read through the comments. The salad looks delicious, I’m looking forward to trying it soon.

          Lil' Luna

          I changed it. Thanks! I didn’t even catch that one said tablespoons & the other teaspoon. My mind read the same thing. Hope that clears it up for everyone.


    What is the purpose of cooking the corn if it is frozen? It would be partially cooked from the blanching, just checking to see if that step is necessary. The recipe sounds like it will be delicious and I’m looking forward to trying it. Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      It is delicious! Uncooked corn doesn’t taste the best, so cooking it will make it tender & just makes it better. Let me know what you think, if you give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚


    I have made this/similar recipe from a magazine several times in the past but have been unable to find the recipe this spring. You are a lifesaver, and so right- best salad for bbq’s. The first time I made it, I forgot to cook the corn tasted ok, but second time what a difference to have if crisped up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, thank you!! I’m glad you found it. Thanks so much!


    I love love this salad. Thanks so much. Now one of my favorites.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for letting me know! Isn’t it so yum?! Glad you like it!


    Would black beans make it taste weird with the lime juice?

      Lil' Luna

      It shouldn’t! Those would be great in there!


        What if I was to make it for 12 people? Would that be 4 1/2c of corn? I suk at math lol!!!


    Have you tried making this a day ahead of time? Just wondering if it’s still as good!


      I’m actually in the process of making this delicious salad for tomorrow. I’m just going to wait until a couple hours before we eat it to add the dressing so it doesn’t get soggy. Anybody else done it this way?

      Lil' Luna

      I agree with Sierra! Hope you all like it!


    I am making this salad today. It looks really good.


    This is the second time making this simple salad, it was such a hit at the last cookout I’m going to share once again!
    So easy to make, and is soooo good, and very lite?


      Tastes even better the next day!
      I roast my corn

      Lil' Luna

      I totally agree with you! Haha..never anything left, to try the next day, so I may need to make a little more, so there’s leftovers! Thanks so much!

    Janet Lynchard

    OMG. I love this salad. I ate the whole thing all by myself. Thanks so much

      Lil' Luna

      Haha!! That’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s that good! Thanks so much!


    I made the summer corn salad it was great…my family enjoyed it. I used goat cheese (my favorite) in place of the feta. : )

      Lil' Luna

      I am glad you liked it!! Thank you for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stacy Louderman

    How long will this last in the fridge/cooler? I want to take it camping as it sounds so refreshing!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m honestly not sure. It could probably last through a weekend camping. It’s usually gone the day I make it, so I can’t tell you for sure. One way to find out ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you like it!


    Loved this recipe! Very light and refreshing on a summer night! And also very easy — a bonus!
    Like the idea of adding black beans — may try that next time!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay..thank you so much!! Let me know if you add beans ๐Ÿ™‚


    This salad should be a part of your eating plan daily ! Anyway i would go for Fresh Corn rather than Frozen since now it’s available almost anywhere.


    Sounds delicious salads always a winner especially if you are alone and do not feel for cooking

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    This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
    I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s hard to mess up ๐Ÿ™‚ You can do it!! Let me know what you think!

    Nicole Cook

    Can this be made a day or two in advance?
    I’ve already made it and it was fantastic. Having a big BBQ and to save time I would like to make it ahead.

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t tried. I’m not sure I would make it a couple days ahead, but maybe the night before..would be the earliest I make it. You could always try? I’m glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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