Bright and fresh corn salad is packed with fresh corn, tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. It’s the perfect, refreshing side dish.
Corn is one of those vegetables that often gets overlooked, but shouldn’t be! It’s so affordable and easy to come by in the summer and fall. Making a fresh corn salad is just the thing to do when you come home with a big bag of fresh corn from the farmer’s market or grocery store.
How Should I Prepare The Corn?
The best thing about this corn salad recipe is that you don’t actually have to cook the corn. I think raw corn is so fresh and juicy. If I’m in the mood for cooked corn, I usually microwave corn on the cob, or grill it. But in this case, fresh is generally best.
Although, you will definitely find me making this salad using defrosted frozen corn when corn isn’t in season, or when I want a quick weeknight side dish.
Cutting corn off the cob can be a messy job, so after I husk and peel the corn, I chop the stem off the cob with a sharp knife to make a flat surface. I place the flat part of the corn into a large bowl and use the knife to cut down the cob to quickly remove the kernels. The kernels stay in the bowl and don’t go all over the counter. Just be sure to be careful when working with sharp knives.
How To Make Corn Salad
After the corn is off the cob, I add some fresh tomato and cucumber. Cherry tomatoes are best because they’re so sweet, but whatever you have on hand will work.
Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and add olive oil, fresh basil ribbons, and white wine vinegar for flavor.
This keeps well in the fridge for a couple days, so make this ahead of time if you’re having guests over and remove it to serve cold when it’s time to eat.
More Corn Recipes
If you like creamed corn, you’re going to LOVE the other corn-based recipes that I’m linking to here.
- Cheesy Jiffy Corn Casserole
- Creamed Corn
- Creamy Spicy Corn Salad
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Microwaved Corn on the Cob
- How To Make Grits
- How to Grill Corn
And, for more delicious side dish inspiration, check out all of my side dish recipes over here. Enjoy! -Christine xoPrint
Bright and fresh corn salad is packed with fresh corn, tomatoes, English cucumber, and basil. It’s the perfect, refreshing side dish.
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (or use defrosted frozen corn)
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2/3 cup diced English cucumber
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 4–5 basil leaves, chiffonaded
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and toss until combined.
- Serve right away, or chill in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
This post originally appeared in October 2019 and was revised and republished in May 2022.