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25-Minute Crisp Summer Corn Salad

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Corn and tomatoes combined in a salad is like summer on a plate! This simple side dish salad has quick-roasted sweet corn tossed with zucchini, crisp sugar snap peas and beautiful multi-colored cherry tomatoes. 

Corn salad with peas, tomatoes and basil in an oval serving dish.
Sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini, basil and snap peas make the best summer salad! Bistrot Flatware by Sabre

When corn is at its summer-sweet best and you’re looking for more ways to enjoy it aside from straight off the cob, make this fresh and delicious corn salad recipe.

Summer corn salad beats the heat

Ironically, the season when all the produce is on beautiful display — ripe tomatoes for tomato sauce or salads, corn on the cob, lots of summer squash, beans and greens — it’s very likely too hot to think about cooking.

So isn’t a great thing that you don’t need to? Seriously, when summer produce has the best taste, let it take the wheel. Sweet fresh corn and tomatoes don’t even need to be cooked when they’re at their prime.

There’s not much you else to do but enjoy the bounty while it lasts. A corn and tomato salad strewn with fresh basil and zucchini is a perfect side 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 summer corn salad (succotash)?

Classic corn salad 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.

Corn on the cob, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, sugar snap peas and fresh basil in a baking pan.
Fresh summer veggies make the best corn salad.

Ingredients in summer corn salad:

  • Corn: Fresh corn kernels or frozen corn will both work in this recipe.
  • Tomatoes: A colorful mix of fresh tomatoes looks so pretty on the plate. Use what you’ve got! Cherry tomatoes, heirloom or other small varieties are great.
  • Zucchini or summer squash: Look for smaller squash because they will usually have less seeds.
  • Sugar snap peas: They’re nice and sweet and have a juicy, snappy crunch that goes very nicely with sweet corn and tomatoes. You could also use shelled edamame or fresh lima beans if you find them in a farmer’s market.
  • Red onion or shallot: Either type of onion will contribute a sweet, sharp note to the salad. Green onions are also a good option.
  • Fresh basil: Fresh herbs always tastes like summertime! You can also use another herb like fresh parsley, marjoram, dill or cilantro.
  • Crushed red chili: Use this to taste, just for a hint of spice.

Corn salad recipe steps:

This salad is so easy to put together, and every time I make it I’m amazed at how good it is. And it’s all based on vegetables just doing their thing!

  • 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.
How to roast corn in the oven:

To get a good sear on the corn, turn on the oven to 425 degrees and spread the corn out on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
The high heat will quickly intensify the flavor of the corn and you don’t want to miss that!

Roast corn on the grill

  • If you’d rather not heat the kitchen, use a preheated grill to roast the corn.
  • Put the sheet pan with the corn mixture on the grill rack over indirect medium-high heat and close the lid. Keep an eye on it, stirring frequently, until it’s golden brown.
Roasted corn on a baking sheet with sliced cherry tomatoes, basil and snap peas on top.
Add sliced tomatoes, basil and snap peas to the roasted corn, and toss it all with the dressing.

Tasty corn salad additions:

This salad is so flavorful as is, and will still taste great the next day as leftovers. If you want to tweak it a notch, trying adding:

  • Fresh burrata cheese, mozzarella, or feta cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • A spoonful or two of basil pesto or 5-Minute Green Sauce

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Corn salad with peas, tomatoes and basil in an oval serving dish.

25-Minute Crisp Summer Corn Salad

Karen Tedesco
Fresh and easy summer corn salad with ripe tomatoes, basil and zucchini is a perfect side dish. This colorful salad is so easy to make and tastes sweet, crunchy and tangy.
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4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Salad dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) white wine or rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Corn salad:

  • 6 ears shucked sweet corn, or 4-½ cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot or half of a red onion, finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper or cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes in assorted colors, halved or sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces (225 g) sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • cup fresh basil leaves, torn into large pieces

Instructions 

Make the dressing:

  • Stir together the lime juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt in a small bowl.

For the salad:

  • Heat oven to 425 (220 C) degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • If using fresh corn, cut the kernels from the cob. Put the corn, zucchini, shallot, olive oil, salt and chili in a bowl. Toss everything together and spread out on the baking sheet.
  • Roast until the corn starts to turn golden in spots, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and scatter the tomatoes and sugar snap peas over the corn.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss together.
  • Transfer the corn salad to a serving bowl and sprinkle the basil. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Make ahead: The salad will keep well up to a day refrigerated.
  • In place of sugar snap peas, use an equal amount of shelled edamame or fresh lima beans if you find them in a farmer’s market.
Suggested add-ins:
  • Fresh burrata cheese, mozzarella, or feta cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • A spoonful or two of basil pesto or 5-Minute Green Sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1251IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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17 Comments

  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?
    Cheers.

  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
    play.

    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!