Summer Corn Salad is light and flavorful, dressed simply with Italian dressing. It’s easy, quick + perfect for summer!
Corn Salad is a perfect side salad for get-togethers and BBQs! Asparagus Salad and Tomato Cucumber Salad are just as simple to prepare as this Corn Tomato Salad!
Corn and Tomato Salad
When asked to bring a side to share for a summer BBQ, I’m often stumped as to what to bring!
I love regular green salads, but feel they get soggy quickly. Recently, I 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. While it doesn’t need to be summer, it’s especially perfect for summertime. It’s light, flavorful and delicious!!
One of the main reasons we love this salad is that it takes less than 15 minutes to make. It’s full of corn, basil, cucumber, feta and tomatoes – some of my favorite ingredients.
It’s usually gone in minutes, and will definitely be a new favorite – especially if you love corn.
How to Make It
Putting Corn Salad together is as simple as you’d think!
VEGGIES. Start by cooking the corn until it’s slightly tender. Let the corn cool completely (you can chill it in the fridge). Add the tomatoes, cucumber and basil.
TOSS + ENJOY! Right before serving, add the oil mixture, feta cheese, and Italian dressing and toss!
Add additional garden veggies:
- bell peppers
- grilled zucchini
Substitute the feta for a cheese that has a similar crumbly texture: Ricotta, Halloumi, Queso Fresco, or Goat Cheese.
Make ahead of time. This recipe is perfect for making ahead! Especially if you’re planning a BBQ or gathering, and don’t want to worry about making a fresh salad right beforehand. Combine all the veggies ahead of time, and add the dressing when you’re ready to serve it at your party!
Corn. Using fresh corn makes the salad absolutely delicious. Frozen corn works well too. I do not recommend using canned corn.
Corn on the Cob. The easiest way I have found to cut the corn from the cob:
- 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.
Grill. Grilling the corn beforehand will give it a delicious, charred flavor. If you’d rather not have the charcoal spots, 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 is cooked evenly all around.
- Cut the kernels off the cob, and follow the salad recipe as written.
I love the flavor of this Corn Salad recipe!! Even more, I love just how simple it is. It’s perfect as is, but adding beans might be a great addition for next time!
Complete your bbq
Here are some of our favorite entrees and other sides that pair really well with this corn salad:
- Dr. Pepper Ribs
- Easy Fruit Salad
- Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwich
- Baked Beans
- Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda
- Grilled Corn On The Cob
For more summer salad recipes, check out:
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad
- Favorite Broccoli Salad
- Brussel Sprout Salad
- Frito Corn Salad
- Broccoli Slaw
Summer Corn Salad Recipe
- 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups corn fresh or thawed frozen corn
- 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes halved
- ½ cup cucumber finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil minced
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons Italian dressing (optional)
- 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!
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
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…
You sure could 🙂 That would be tasty!
I’m a little confused on oil and how much to use. There is two different measures.
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!
Wonderful combination of favorite flavors! Easy to make in advance, with fresh seasonal ingredients
I am so glad you think so 🙂 Thank you for sharing that!
I love this salad. I ate the whole thing all by myself.
Glad you do! Thank you for trying it!
THE SALAD RECIPE YOU SHARED IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND DELICIOUS. I WILL LEARN TO MAKE THIS DISH.
Thank you for saying that! I hope you will!
This is the PERFECT summer salad. So many yummy foods in one delicious salad.
WHat a delicious salad! The ingredients go so well together! It’s perfect as a side or a meal!
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!
Thank you for sharing that! That sounds yum!
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!
You are welcome! Those are all great options & I am glad your kids like it, too!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COOK THE CORN
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
You are so welcome! I am glad to share 🙂 So happy you like it that much!
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.
Yay! I am so glad to hear that! Thank you!
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!
That sounds yum! Thank you for trying it & for sharing what you did!
I can’t ✋ wait to try your recipes
I can’t wait for you to try them! Hope you like them!
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!
That’s a good complaint to have 🙂 Glad it was a hit! Thank you!
We loved this salad! The feta cheese adds so much flavor!!
This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make summer corn salad recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!
Amazing!! Soo flavorful! Our fam loved it!
This is delicious. It tastes great the next day too. The amounts of veggies and feta are very flexible. I used a can of corn. Also the store was out of basil.
I made the summer corn salad for Easter weekend lunch. It was a big hit! I made a double batch so that everybody could take home leftovers. I will definitely use this recipe again!
Yay! So happy to hear the salad was a success!
I made this for a family reunion and everyone loved it! Family favorite now.
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