This delicious fresh Corn Salad features grilled corn tossed with onion, bell pepper, avocado and a simple homemade dressing. It’s as delicious as it is appetizing and it’s perfect for Summer potlucks and BBQ’s.

Side dishes at a summer BBQ can really make or break the meal, and this corn salad reigns supreme time and time again. It’s always the first dish gone! Some of my other favorite summer salads include this Southwest Quinoa Salad and this fresh and healthy Tomato Cucumber Salad.

Corn salad made with grilled sweet corn, diced avocado, bell pepper and onion served in a wooden bowl with a spoon.
Corn Salad

Corn salad recipes seem to have gotten so popular, and it’s not hard to see why.  Who doesn’t love grilled corn combined with fresh vegetables and a light dressing.  Unlike some corn salad recipes, I like to keep mine fairly simple to allow the true hero of the recipe to really shine; the corn!

Ingredients in corn salad:
  • Corn: If fresh corn on the cob is not available you may substitute frozen corn.
  • Olive oil
  • Purple onion: Sweet onion or green onion would also work well. I like the color contrast that the purple onion adds.
  • Red bell pepper: Any color bell pepper is fine.
  • Avocado

Overhead view of a stack of grilled corn on the cob, halved limes, halved avocado, a piece of purple onion and red bell pepper.

How to cook the corn to make corn salad:

There are several different ways you can cook the corn to use in this salad. My preferred method is to cook it in a large skillet with a few inches of boiling water, just until tender, and then to brush it with olive oil and grill it over high heat. You could also boil the corn, cook the corn in the instant pot, or cook it entirely on the grill.

How to cook boil corn on the cob:

To boil corn on the cob, start by filling a large pot with water (enough to cover the corn cobs), and bring the water to a boil. Add the corn to the water and bring the water back to a boil (this will just take a couple of minutes).  Then turn off the heat and let the corn sit in the hot water for 5-10 minutes.

How to cook corn on the grill:

To cook corn on the grill, first turn your grill to high heat.  Then brush the corn lightly with olive oil and put it on the grill for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until it’s golden on all sides.

For this recipe I choose to steam my corn for a few minutes and then grill it for a few minutes.  It creates the perfect juicy corn on the cob but also gives it a nice grill flavor that goes perfectly in this corn salad.

Can I substitute frozen corn?

Yes! Thaw the corn in your fridge overnight, or warm in the microwave just until thawed. Add the corn and a little bit of oil to a very hot skillet and cook it for a few minutes, tossing occasionally, until many kernels are lightly browned.

How to Make Corn Salad:
  • Whisk dressing ingredients.  Set aside.
  • Cook corn. Add 1-2 inches of water to a large skillet. Bring to a boil. Add corn and cook for 3-4 minutes, rotating to cook on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  • Grill corn. Brush corn lightly with olive oil and grill on hot heat for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until golden on all sides.
  • Toss salad ingredients.  Cut corn off of the cob and add it to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine.

A wooden bowl with corn salad and a spoon in the salad for serving.

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Recipe

Corn salad made with grilled sweet corn, diced avocado, bell pepper and onion served in a wooden bowl with a spoon.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 6-8 ear corn *
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 avocado

For the dressing:

  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • Juice from 1 lime (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Whisk dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  • Add 1-2 inches of water to a large skillet. Bring to a boil. Add corn and cook for 3-4 minutes, rotating to cook on all sides. Drain.
  • Heat grill on medium-high heat. Brush corn lightly with olive oil and grill for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until golden on all sides.
  • Allow the corn to cool and then cut corn off of the cob and add to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: The vegetables can be chopped and the dressing made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Wait to pour the dressing on and add the avocado until ready to serve.
Variations: 
  • Boil Corn: Fill a large pot with water (enough to cover the corn cobs), and bring the water to a boil. Add corn to the water and bring the water back to a boil (this will just take a couple of minutes).  Turn off the heat and let the corn sit in the hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Instant Pot Corn: Follow my instructions HERE.
  • Grilled Corn: Turn grill to high heat. Brush the corn lightly with olive oil and place it on the grill for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until it's golden on all sides. For this recipe, I prefer to steam my corn for a few minutes and then grill it for a few minutes.  It creates the perfect juicy corn on the cob but also gives it a nice grill flavor that goes perfectly in this corn salad.
  • Frozen Corn: Thaw corn in the fridge overnight, or warm in the microwave just until thawed. Add corn and a little bit of oil to a very hot skillet and cook it for a few minutes, tossing occasionally, until many kernels are lightly browned.
  • Vegetables: You can use a sweet onion or green onion instead of the purple onion. Any color bell pepper would work fine.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 395mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 595IUVitamin C: 21.3mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.7mg

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