Our grilled Corn Salad recipe is always a highlight of Summer and the most beautiful, bright and fresh side dish. It includes fresh grilled corn, onion, bell pepper, and avocado.

Great Side Dishes should be easy, but also add a WOW factor, which is why I love these Baked Beans, Macaroni Salad, Ambrosia Salad, or Broccoli Apple Salad.

A bright and colorful Grilled Corn Salad with corn, avocado, bell pepper, onion, and a simple dressing.

My Summer potluck contribution is always Grilled Corn Salad

My mouth waters just thinking about this Summer Corn Salad. It’s made with fresh corn that we give a quick char on all sides, then combine with more fresh veg and a simple dressing. It’s that side dish that instantly elevates any BBQ, and it serves well with anything.

How to make Corn Salad:

Dressing: Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl and 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. Brush corn lightly with olive oil and grill on high heat for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until golden on all sides.

Two images showing corn being grilled and a simple dressing stirred together for an avocado corn salad.

Assemble: Cut corn off the cob and add it to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Toss the fresh corn salad then serve!

Two images showing all the ingredients in a bowl for a summer corn salad, then after the dressing is added and it's tossed together.

Make Ahead Instructions:

To Make Ahead: I love to prep any steps I can, in advance, to help the dish come together quickly. For this recipe, you can chop all the veggies and make the dressing ahead of time, just keep them in the fridge. Wait to add the avocado and pour on the dressing until ready to serve. You can also grill the corn and cut from the cob ahead of time, stored in the fridge.

Corn Salad makes a great side dish with:

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Recipe

A Summer corn salad with fresh grilled corn, avocado, bell pepper, and onion ready to serve.
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 6-8 ears corn on the cob (or see notes for frozen corn)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 red onion , diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 avocado

Dressing:

Instructions
 

  • Whisk dressing ingredients together and 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. 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 corn to cool and then cut corn off of the cob and add to a bowl.
  • Assemble: Add salad ingredients to a bowl and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: Make dressing up to 1 week ahead. Chop veggies (excluding avocado) 1-2 day in advance, stored in the fridge with a paper towel under them to absorb excess moisture. Grill corn and cut from the cob up to a day ahead of time, stored in the fridge.
To use frozen corn, I recommend using Trader Joes fire roasted corn, if possible. Thaw frozen corn and then cook in a skillet on high, until lightly charred.
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Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 361IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.4mg

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I originally shared this recipe June 2019. Updated June 2022 and June 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this corn salad as a side dish with chicken burgers. Every time I follow a recipe from “It tases better from scratch” it’s just perfect and I want to keep the recipe:
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  2. 5 stars
    Such a great salad! I hate when people do this (modify a recipe and then rate it!), but I used cherry tomatoes vs. red pepper and added cilantro.

    Fabulous dressing, great flavors. It will be a summer staple. Thank you!!

  3. I love this simple salad and have been making it for years. I like fresh raw corn, and I use fresh squeezed lemon instead of vinegar. Simply delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I crave this recipe every summer. Such great flavor and texture- I always make it to serve with burgers!