Summer Corn Salad

Recipes · Salads · Sides · July 26, 2018

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

Corn Salad

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.

How to make Corn Salad:

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 are the ingredients needed to make this corn salad:

  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • salt
  • fresh or thawed, frozen corn
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • basil
  • feta cheese
  • Italian dressing

Putting it together is as simple as you’d think. Begin by whisking together the oil, lime juice and salt in a small bowl. Then, cook the corn on a skillet in a bit of oil until tender.

Let the corn cool and then add the tomatoes, cucumber and basil. Right before serving, drizzle the dressing feta cheese and Italian dressing and toss! SO SIMPLE!

Corn Salad Recipe

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. πŸ˜‰

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5 from 3 votes

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!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal


  • 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)


  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!
Nutrition Facts
Summer Corn Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 365mg 15%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 21.6%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.Β 

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚


    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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚


    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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Thank you!


    Trader Jie’s Has frozen grilled corn!! Saves a lot of steps.

    Patricia Barlow

    Can this be made a day in advance?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t made it a day in advance, only morning of, but it should be good πŸ™‚

        Ann Boudrot

        I had it leftover from yesterday afternoon and it’s still delicious.


    I use fresh corn and roast it on BBQ or in my broiler with butter and paprika
    and let it cool. It multiplies the flaver by 100%. Cut off cob.


    Made the corn salad tonight… It was amazing.. Tomatoes and cucumbers from our garden.. Used fresh mozzarella instead of feta…. We will make this part of our Sunday night bbq sides..

      Kristyn Merkley

      Awesome!! Fresh ingredients..nothing better πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know!


    Looking forward to more great ideas

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you!! I look forward to you stopping by! Hope you find some to try πŸ™‚

    Ann Boudrot

    I made the Summer Corn Salad for my neighborhood social and it was a big hit. Thanks.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am so glad it was a hit πŸ™‚ And, yes, it’s still great the next day! Thank you for letting me know!


    Sooo good! Strained black beans. Did not add extra dressing. Kept in fridge for a few hours. I also roasted the corn so it was browned and sweet.

    I served this with grilled marinated shrimp. Very fresh and light!!! A real winner!!!


    Love love love love the 🌽 πŸ… salad super easy family loved it

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am so glad your family loved it! Thank you for letting me know & for giving it a try!


    Don’t have Italian dressing on hand, and am too lazy to go to the store. I know I could probably just omit it, but if I want to mimic its flavor, what would you suggest?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried making it from scratch. I would just look online homemade recipes for Italian dressing. I bet there are tons πŸ™‚


    Going to make this for my BBQ tomorrow. I am thinking of doing a little Balsamic vinagrette instead of Italian dressing… Do you think this would be okay?

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