Summer grilled corn salad

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This smoky grilled corn salad with fresh tomatoes and basil is the perfect, easy side dish and is a great way to use fresh summer corn.

Summer grilled corn salad

This salad. It’s actually hard to put into words how much I love this corn salad. I’ve professed my love for sweetcorn many times before but there is no better way to showcase this glorious vegetable than in this  grilled corn salad.

The charred, smoky corn. The salty, creamy feta cheese. Those juicy tomatoes and that bright, aromatic basil. I mean, are you drooling yet? Dressed simply with olive oil and fresh lemon juice, you won’t go wrong and believe me, you’ll be addicted too! If you don’t have leftover grilled corn, you could just grill a few ears of corn in a griddle pan. Alternatively you could toast frozen corn in a hot pan to achieve a similar result. As far as the remaining ingredients go, feel free to use your creativity and add whatever you want.

Use a variety of tomatoes and basil, exchange the red onion for spring (green) onion or chives and you could use cotija cheese instead of the feta for a Mexican twist.

This also happens to be the salad that I make most often. Need to take something to a braai (cook out)? Done. Need an easy side dish for a quick weeknight dinner? Sorted. Need a healthy, colourful salad for lunch? Yup, you guessed it. This easy corn salad recipe works every single time. It’s also one of the recipes I am most asked for when I serve it to friends and family. And it is so easy!

Summer grilled corn salad

How to make corn salad

Brush corn on the cob with a little olive oil and grill until caramelized and golden. Holding the corn upright, slice the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife (this is easiest if you set a glass/cup inside a large bowl and place the corn on the glass so that the kernels fall into the bowl). Add the tomatoes, onion, basil and feta to the corn and mix well. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice, season to taste and serve.

Can I make corn salad in advance?

Yes, absolutely. This salad can be made up to a day in advance and kept covered in the fridge. Stir in the basil just before serving to prevent it from turning black.

Summer grilled corn salad

What to serve with corn salad

  1. Hawaiian chicken skewers
  2. Easy grilled steak

  3. Greek pork souvlaki
  4. Lemon herb chicken breasts
  5. Peri-peri baked chicken
Summer grilled corn salad
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Summer grilled corn salad

This smoky grilled corn salad is the perfect easy side dish to bring to a barbecue and makes for an excellent light lunch.
Course Barbecue, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy salad, gluten free, salad, Summer recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 214kcal
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of fresh corn shucked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

for the salad

  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cups ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the corn in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Drain then brush with olive oil and grill in a hot griddle pan (or over hot coals).
  • Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes then slice the kernels off the cobs.
  • Combine the grilled corn kernels with the remaining salad ingredients.
  • Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix to combine.

Notes

This salad lasts well and can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Dress just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 17.2% | Vitamin C: 14.1% | Calcium: 14% | Iron: 3.8%

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Showing 16 comments
  • Veronica Holliday
    Reply

    Made this with a Braai tonight, there’s nothing yummier than a combo of flavors with basil. I was thinking of adding maybe some honey in or perhaps sweet chilli..?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s the perfect braai side. If you wanted extra sweetness, you could definitely add honey or sweet chili. 🙂

  • michelle
    Reply

    Does He corn really need to boil for 10 minutes? Seems too long.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You can definitely boil it for less, I like to make sure the corn is cooked through so it is at its most sweet and juiciest.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    Bring on summer! This is so gorgeous, the perfect salad for all of summer’s bounty! 🙂

  • Reply

    This is my favorite kind of summer salad Alida! I can’t wait for summer corn and tomatoes!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Mine too Mary Ann! There’s nothing quite like summer produce, is there?

  • Milena |
    Reply

    Love this salad. Fresh corn stands way up there on my list of favorites and I love it when it is charred. And with feta and tomatoes? Sign me up for this one.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      So do I Milena! I could eat charred corn all the time!

  • Julie
    Reply

    Such a simple and gorgeous salad. Thanks for sharing Alida.

  • Naomi
    Reply

    I once had a similar salad at a barbecue and seeing your recipe now, I’m totally craving it. Definitely adding it to my summer recipe list!

  • Barbara
    Reply

    Yum! I’m making it this weekend!

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