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Corn and tomato salad is like summer on a plate, with quick-roasted sweet corn tossed with zucchini, crisp sugar snap peas and beautifully multi-colored cherry tomatoes. 

A platter with colorful corn salad and orange and red cherry tomatoes, fresh peas, basil and a spoon for serving.

When corn is at its summer-sweet best and you’re looking for more ways to enjoy it, make this fresh and delicious corn salad.

When to make a summer corn salad

Ironically, the season when all the produce is on beautiful display — ripe tomatoes, lots of summer squash, beans and greens — sometimes the thought of cooking just seems like too much.

So isn’t a great thing that you don’t need to? Seriously, when summer produce is at its peak it’s best to let it take the wheel.

There’s not much you else you need to do but enjoy it while it lasts, and succotash salad is a perfect dish to celebrate the ingredients of summer.

A platter with colorful corn salad and orange and red cherry tomatoes, fresh peas, basil and a fork for serving.

What is succotash?

Classic succotash is a traditional New England dish that originated with the Narragansett Indians, made with corn, squash and shell beans.

Over many years (we’re talking centuries here), cooks have come up with endless versions of succotash. But one thing that doesn’t vary is that corn is the main ingredient, along with the beans — usually lima beans.

I don’t know about you, but canned or frozen limas aren’t my first choice in a fresh vegetable salad, especially when they’re other kinds of beans available.

Come to think of it, while I often shop at farmer’s markets and find beautiful heirloom tomatoes, I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh lima beans.

A baking tray full of small, medium and large red tomatoes.

Instead, I went with sugar snap peas for this succotash.

They’re nice and sweet and have a juicy, snappy crunch that goes very nicely with sweet corn and tomatoes.

Considering how easy this dish is to put together, every time I make it I’m amazed at how good it is.

And it’s all based on vegetables just doing their thing!

A platter with colorful corn salad and orange and red cherry tomatoes, fresh peas, basil and a spoon for serving.

How to roast corn in the oven

To get a good sear on the corn, you do need to turn on the oven to roast the corn.

The high heat intensifies the flavor of the corn and the other vegetables, and you don’t want to miss that.

Spread the corn in an even layer on a parchment-lined sheet pan along with the other vegetables and oil.

Roast until the corn becomes fragrant and turns golden brown, usually under 15 minutes depending on your oven.

Roast corn on the grill

If you’d really rather not heat the kitchen, use a preheat grill to roast the corn:

Just put the sheet pan directly on the grill rack over medium-high heat and close the lid. Keep an eye on it, stirring every 5 minutes or so.

Tasty corn salad additions:

This salad is so flavorful as is, but if you want to turn it up a notch, trying adding

  • Fresh burrata or mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sliced avocado
  • A spoonful of basil pesto

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Summer Corn Salad with Tomatoes

Karen Tedesco
The very essence of summer on a plate — roasted corn succotash salad with zucchini, sugar snap peas and sweet cherry tomatoes. So easy to make and incredibly delicious! 
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4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 ears corn, yellow, white or bicolor
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot or 1/2 of a small red onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • ½ pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 pounds cherry tomatoes in assorted colors, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, torn


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Cut the kernels from the corn and put into a bowl. Add the zucchini, shallot, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and the chili pepper. Toss everything together and spread out on the baking sheet.
  • Roast until the corn starts to turn golden in spots, 12 – 15 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas and the lime juice to the hot corn and toss.
  • Drizzle the 1 tablespoon olive oil, the vinegar and a pinch of salt over the tomatoes and gently toss.
  • Transfer the corn mixture to a serving bowl. Spoon the tomatoes over the top and sprinkle with the basil.


Try these tasty additions when you make the salad:
  • Fresh burrata or mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sliced avocado
  • A spoonful of basil pesto


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1528IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Still looks good to me! All my favorite summer flavors on a plate! XO

  2. Hi Karen! Thanks…hope summer is treating you right.

    Deborah, nothing like a little corn to brighten up a photo, eh?

  3. Corn, basil and tomatoes- could there be anything more summer-full? You look amazing with your corn!

  4. Looks great Karen! So do you… as always you are an inspiration!

  5. My favorite food, corn, in mom’s bowl – Cool!
    I did not notice that the other day.
    And, congrats again on the article
    looked to me as though you got a lot of

    1. Yes, that bowl is oh-so-lovely, and even nicer to be a family heirloom! Thanks…

  6. Hey, Karen! I just saw you mentioned on Alanna’s Blog Her post, and thought I’d drop by to say “hi.” Seems congratulations are in order! You deserve to be featured. And that pic of you holding the bowl of corn is so pretty!

  7. Congrats on the article! The corn salad looks amazing and I can’t wait for the corn here in New Jersey.

    1. Hi Susan! Good to hear from you. Hope things are good in So Cal.

  8. Gorgeous! (you AND the corn) And LOW FAT…which is my new obstacle in life!!! ayiyiyi…welcome home??

    1. Thanks, Dee. I’m working on some recipes for you to try. Not bacon, but still yummy.

  9. That looks great! It makes me want to eat corn — which is just starting to arrive out here. Miss you!