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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 salad topped with feta and Italian dressing in a bowl.

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!

Variations

Add additional garden veggies:

  • bell peppers
  • avocado
  • onion
  • grilled zucchini

Substitute the feta for a cheese that has a similar crumbly texture: Ricotta, Halloumi, Queso Fresco, or Goat Cheese.

Recipe Tips

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:

Summer corn salad topped with grape tomatoes, feta, and Italian dressing.

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Corn Salad is light and flavorful, dressed simply with Italian dressing. It's easy, quick + perfect for summer! 
Servings: 4
Prep: 7 minutes
Total: 7 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 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
  • cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing (optional)
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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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Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 365mg, Potassium: 270mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 550IU, Vitamin C: 17.8mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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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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123 Comments

  1. L says:

    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?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

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

  2. Bee says:

    5 stars
    Love love love love the ???? ???? salad super easy family loved it

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

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

  3. Suzy says:

    5 stars
    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!!!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Sounds perfect!! Thank you for sharing that! I am glad you like it 🙂

  4. Ann Boudrot says:

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

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

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

  5. Kathy says:

    Looking forward to more great ideas

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Thank you!! I look forward to you stopping by! Hope you find some to try 🙂

  6. Colleen says:

    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..

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awesome!! Fresh ingredients..nothing better 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

  7. Ella says:

    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.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Sounds delish!! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Patricia Barlow says:

    Can this be made a day in advance?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

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

      1. Ann Boudrot says:

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

  9. Chris says:

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

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Thanks for sharing 🙂 Nice, when you don’t have a lot of time!

  10. Nicole Cook says:

    5 stars
    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.

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      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 🙂 Thank you!