Summer Corn Salad

This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It’s so simple and quick that it’s perfect for get togethers and BBQs.

There’s nothing better than cold, fresh vegetables in the summer—especially combined together in a tasty salad! If you like this corn salad, you should try asparagus salad or tomato cucumber salad! They’re just as simple to prepare.

close up of corn salad in a white bowl

Corn Tomato Salad

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!!

One of the main reasons we love this salad is because it 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.

Perfect for BBQ’s and get togethers

Putting it together is as simple as you’d think. You start by cooking the corn until it’s slightly tender. Let the corn cool completely (you can chill it in the fridge) and then add the tomatoes, cucumber and basil.

Right before serving, add the oil mixture, feta cheese, and Italian dressing and toss!

You can add some additional garden veggies if you like, such as:

  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Grilled Zucchini

You can also substitute the feta for a cheese that has a similar crumbly texture like Ricotta, Halloumi, Queso Fresco, or Goat Cheese.

Making ahead. This recipe is perfect for making ahead if you’re planning a BBQ or gathering and don’t want to worry about having to make a fresh salad right beforehand. You can combine all the veggies ahead of time, and then just add the dressing when you’re ready to serve at your party!

Corn Salad that includes corn, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, and basil

What kind of corn should I use? Using fresh corn makes the salad absolutely delicious. Frozen corn works well too. I do not recommend using canned corn.

The easiest way I have found to cut the corn off is to hold the cob perpendicular to a cutting board. Using a paring knife slice downward cutting the corn off in a long strip. Rotate the cob and slice again, Continue until all the kernels have been removed.

Grilling the corn beforehand will give it a little more of a charred flavor. Super yummy! But if you’d rather not have the the charcoal spots, you can wrap the corn in tin foil first.

Place the cobs directly on the grill over medium-hot heat. Rotate every 2-3 minutes until the corn in cooked evenly all around. Cut the kernels off the cob and follow the salad recipe as written.  

Love the flavor of this corn salad recipe!! And I love even more just how simple it is. We loved it how it was but may add beans next time just because I know they’d be a great addition. 😉

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Corn Salad Recipe

4.93 from 41 votes
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's so simple and quick that it's perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups corn fresh or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil minced
  • 1/3 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp Italian dressing (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together 2 tablespoons of oil, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Cooking corn in a skillet with remaining oil until tender.
  • Pour corn into a large bowl, cool slightly and add tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Right before serving, drizzle with dressing, feta cheese and Italian dressing (if desired). ENJOY!

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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    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…

    1. It is 3 Tablespoons divided. Use 2 T in step 1, then you will cook the corn with the last 1 T. Hope you like it!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this and even roasted corn in skillet with some diced bell peppers and added black beans to salad, great recipe and easy to follow!

  3. 5 stars
    One of our favorite salads!! Delicious! Kids eat it too. Sometimes we switch feta for goat, sometimes we add avocado, sometimes we stiCk to the original recipe. NeVer have added italian dressing— peRfect flavor with just the oil, lime and salt. Love it!! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made it twice in one week! I used fresh corn and homegrown cherry tomatoes. So much flavor for so few ingredients. Thank you for sharing this recipe as it’s now one of my favorites! Teri

      1. 5 stars
        We LOved this Recipe. We added shrimp and it was amazing. We had leftovers and it was a little soggy the next day, so we will either make less or refrain from mixing it all the next time we make it.

  5. 5 stars
    Tates like summer!!! I forgot how mucH i love feta!! We added chicKen and ate it for lunch… but no basil- i really don’t like it. Used italian dressing and it was great! Will definitely be part of our summer Rotation!

  6. 5 stars
    I used a can of corn. didn’t have the cucumber and skipped the italian dressing. it was fabulous and got so many raves. My only complaint is there wasn’t enough of it!

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