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Easy Corn and Tomato Salad

This corn and tomato salad has become a fast favorite and is made in just 20 minutes. It’s the perfect light and refreshing dish to whip up all summer long!

Corn salad in a white bowl.
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Fresh Corn Salad

One of our favorite vegetables is corn. Especially during the summer, since it’s peak season and tastes so sweet and delicious. If we’re not enjoying it on the cob, then we’re usually making this salad recipe, Mexican street corn, street corn salad, or black bean and corn salsa.

During the summer, I love to make ALL types of salads for BBQs. And this corn and tomato salad has become a favorite side dish. It’s so light and fresh and only takes 20 minutes to throw together.

All of the combined flavors taste fabulous and are so delicious! I love to grill my corn to give it that perfect charred flavor (if you haven’t had grilled corn before, definitely try it), however, you can cook your corn any way you prefer.

This is the perfect summer salad recipe along with my broccoli bacon salad and both are on rotation in my house all season long!

Key Ingredients

Fresh is best! This summer corn and tomato salad is sure to impress all your family and friends get together. Grab your bowl and start preparing your ingredinets for the best corn and tomato salad recipe!

Corn on the cob on the granite counter top.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Corn: I love using fresh corn on the cob and cooking it on the grill. It gives it the perfect charred flavor that tastes great with the other fresh ingredients.
  • Tomatoes: Cut cherry tomatoes add the perfect flavor to this salad.
  • Basil: Fresh basil is a must for this salad. It makes the flavor pop.
  • Dressing: A simple mix of olive oil, vinegar, and salt & pepper is all you need.

How to Make Corn Salad

Easy corn salad comes together quickly and easily! All the ingredients are fresh, delicious, and full of flavor! Fresh vegetables and seasonings mixed together in one bowl are the perfect combination.

Corn tomato salad ingredients.
  1. Veggies. Combine the corn, onion, tomatoes, and basil in a medium size bowl.
  2. Dressing. Combine the vinegar and olive oil. Then pour over top and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Mix together until the dressing has evenly coated the veggies.
  3. Chill. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cooking Corn

There are lots of different ways to cook corn. My favorite method for this recipe is on the grill. You can also boil or microwave it if preferred.

  • Grilling: Simply wrap in foil and cook for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Cooking corn in the microwave: Place a wet paper towel around the corn and cook in the microwave for 5-7 minutes.
  • Boiling: Place corn in a large pot of boiling water. Cover with a lid and continue boiling for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Frozen corn: You could also use frozen corn. Simply warm in a skillet with a little butter. This honey butter corn skillet is a family favorite!
Corn salad recipe in a white bowl.

5 star review

“This is a great recipe! Love pairing this salad with almost anything! New favorite for sure.”

-Nellie

Variations

Take your salad to the next level with these special ingredinets that are packed full of nutrients as well as flavor! Add your favorite cheese, what type of protein are you wanting, or make it sweeter and add another substitution to the dressing. Make this salad your own!

  • Cheese: Crumbled goat cheese, feta cheese, or mozzarella would be a great addition.
  • Protein: Feel free to add diced avocado or grilled chicken to bulk up the salad a little.
  • Vegetables: Try adding in other summer vegetables, like cucumber, bell peppers, or grilled zucchini.
  • Substitute: If you’re not a huge fan of apple cider vinegar, you could substitute it with balsamic or red wine vinegar instead.
  • Sweeten the dressing: To make it a little sweeter mix in a little bit of honey with the dressing.
  • Herbs: You can mix up the fresh herbs and add in parsley, cilantro, and/or green onion.

Recipe FAQs

What is corn salad made of?

This corn salad is made with fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, onions, basil, and a simple dressing. You can add in avocado and feta if desired.

What does corn salad taste like?

This corn salad tastes like grilled corn with tomatoes. It is crisp and has a nice crunch to it. It has all the flavors of summer.

Can you eat raw corn in a salad?

Yes! Raw corn in a salad is actually a normal ingredient. You can mix raw corn with other fresh vegetables or even fruit.

Storing Easy Corn and Tomato Salad

This salad tastes best if eaten 2-3 days after making it. Simply cover the bowl with a lid (or plastic wrap) and store it in the fridge. Try adding leftovers to a chopped salad or even serve on a piece of crusty French bread. So delicious!

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Corn and Tomato Salad

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This corn and tomato salad recipe has become a fast favorite and is made in just 20 minutes. It's the perfect light and refreshing dish to whip up all summer long!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

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Ingredients 

  • 4 ears cooked corn , about 2 1/2 cups
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves , julienned
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar , or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • teaspoon pepper (more to taste)

Instructions

  • Cut kernels from corn and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the tomatoes, onion, and basil to the bowl. Pour the vinegar and olive oil over the top. Season with salt and pepper and stir until combined. Add more to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving. 

Notes

Cooking corn: My favorite way to cook my corn is on the grill. Simply place corn on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. 
Quick tip for cooking corn in the microwave: Place a wet paper towel around the corn and cook in the microwave for 5-7 minutes. 
Variations:
  • Crumbled goat cheese, feta or mozzarella would be a great addition.
  • Feel free to add diced avocado to bulk up the salad.
  • Try adding in other summer vegetables, like cucumber or bell peppers.
  • Substitute with balsamic or red wine vinegar instead.
  • To make it a little sweeter mix in a little bit of honey with the dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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