From baby corn to charred corn, corn can be fresh off the cob or straight out of a can. They all do well to make some of the best corn salads in town. This fabulous list will knock your socks off and we hope you find more than one favourite!
Did you know that corn is man made i.e. a human invention. It’s not a vegetable that grows naturally in the wild.
Approximately 9000 years ago, corn was manipulated from a grass called teosinte by the native people of Mexico. Over several generations, this grass with seeds was carefully bred to give us what we know today as corn.
It has become so popular in the food we eat today, that you can buy them in a can or in bags in the frozen section of your supermarket. They withstand these processes remarkably well and perfectly ok to use in salads.
Nothing of course beats the sweetness of fresh corn off the cob. You can simply boil them, grill them on the stove top or char them on an open fire. Slice or pick them off the cob and add other vegetables to create some of the most delicious corn salads around.
We have quite the collection of corn salads here. You can choose from hearty corn salads with pasta or rice or vegan friendly recipes.
In the warm summer months, corn salads continue to be a popular choice and for our cheese lovers, we have corn salads with cojita, feta and even blue cheese.
Don’t make the mistake of just trying one recipe. Give a few a go and you just might get through the whole list!
Summer Corn Salads
What is summer without corn? We have Mexican street corn, corn tossed through watermelon and even a corn salad with bay scallops. Your family is going to love this summer!
Eye catching Red Papaya Salad with a hit of chilli that revitalises the taste buds.
Using baby gem lettuce instead of corn chips to scoop up the refreshing salad with charred corn. This recipe makes a delicious starter to your entertaining needs.
Sweet corn and watermelon salad pairs two of summer’s most iconic foods in one irresistible dish that brightens up any meal.
It’s simple, healthy, and make ahead friendly. Sort of a superhero summer salad.
This sweet Blueberry Corn Feta Salad is full of summer corn, sweet blueberries, basil and salty feta.
Tossed in a honey lime dressing for a fresh and easy salad to go with your favourite grilled protein!
Indulge in some fresh baby corn and make a salad that showcases this premature vegetable.
Topped with crispy parsnip ribbons and mixed through with a spicy salad dressing, it’s a recipe you’d make over and over again!
This zippy mango, avocado and black bean salad with fresh Mexican flavours is perfect as a side salad or light lunch. Also known as guacamole mango salad, this easy salad is dressed in a lime, cilantro and jalapeno dressing.
It is vegan, gluten-free, and a free-from lettuce salad!
This Fresh Watermelon Salad with Corn and Mango is the perfect solution to any summer potluck or BBQ dilemma.
Made with fresh summer produce and tossed in fresh lime juice, pair this vibrant watermelon salad with all your grilled summertime favourites like chicken and shrimp.
A summery Mexican twist to the traditional coleslaw by adding roasted charred corn along with julienned raw zucchini.
A mustard-heavy and punchy slaw perfect for bringing along to a backyard barbecue.
This black bean corn salad is the perfect summer side dish recipe and a great way to enjoy fresh corn!
Serve it at your next cookout or picnic for an easy to transport side dish. Everyone will love this summer corn salad recipe that is bursting with southwest flavours featuring corn, black beans and avocado.
This bay scallop corn salad is served with a savory tart cherry granola over a bed of baby kale with cherry dijon dressing.
Eating well in the summer never looked so good!
Corn Salads with Pasta and Rice
Stirring corn through some rice, macaroni or orzo is a fantastic way to give your pasta or rice salad some pops of crunch and sweetness. Not to mention some colour in your salad.
These salads are also great to have as a meal on their own or packed up for school lunch.
Golden brown pan fried gnocchi layered with tomato, corn and zucchini served with a mountain of grated parmesan cheese.
This is an easy side dish recipe that will please adults and children alike.
This Cajun salad recipe with crispy bacon and corn, is a must-try, new go-to, summer-loving must-do.
Inspired by the classic, Maque Choux, this Cajun macaroni salad recipe is easy, approachable, make-ahead, kid friendly, and pot-luck perfect.
This black bean and corn salad has an incredible homemade tangy lime vinaigrette dressing.
It’s delicious yet healthy, and you’ll want to serve it with every summer meal!
This Mexican Macaroni Salad recipe is a favorite creamy pasta salad because it’s full of flavour.
It’s ideal as a main dish, makes a perfect side dish or a great addition to a potluck.
Pasta salad gets an upgrade with this Mexican Corn Pasta Salad!
Pan roasted corn seasoned with chili powder, lime crema dressing, and Cotija cheese…this is the perfect pasta salad to summer grilling like chicken, steaks, burgers, fish and more!
Corn, herbs, and dainty little pasta, tossed in a light and simple lemon vinaigrette.
With spring happening, this very easy, VERY delicious, lovely Lemony Orzo and Roasted Corn Salad is just what we need.
Vegan Corn Salads
Corn is a fantastic addition for the vegan lifestyle. They are ever so sweet and give those vegan salads a simple boost. This collection introduces some fun ingredients such as serrano peppers, Indian spices and chipotle.
This Charred Corn Avocado Salad with Roasted Red Onions combines all the fresh flavours of summer in a salad bowl.
Sweet, smoky charred corn mixed with avocado, cherry tomatoes, roasted red onions and a lemon Dijon dressing makes it a perfect side salad for any barbecue or potluck gathering.
The easiest 5 minutes vegan Tomato Corn Avocado Salad Recipe – it’s so delicious light and fresh. Makes perfect summer salad to serve as a side dish or on it’s own.
A crowd pleasing corn salad tossed with creamy avocado and fresh cherry tomatoes in olive oil, lime juice and herbs, it talks summer in a bowl indeed!
This is a copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe…and it’s as fabulous as the ones you get from Chipotle Mexican Grill! This fresh and delicious corn jalapeños salsa is sweet and tangy, and slightly zesty from bits of jalapeños in there.
Serve as a side dish to your favourite Mexican dishes, or with tortilla chips as a dip!
Corn Chaat is a vegetarian Indian snack. It is a widely popular street food packed with sweet corn, vegetables, butter, and spices.
Sweet Corn Chaat is a perfect tea-time snack for the family.
This Cabbage Salad with Corn is made with only a few ingredients and it tastes fantastic! It makes the perfect side dish for almost any kind of meal.
You are going to fall in love with the combination of cabbage, crunchy cucumbers, and sweet corn. This Cabbage Salad with Corn is so easy to make and it’s bursting with flavours.
I make this simple but delicious Grilled Corn and Tomato salad each year as the season turns and the sweet corn becomes plentiful & the tomatoes are at their ripest.
Some fresh herbs, a twist of lemon and lime, and it’s the very essence of late summer in a bowl!
Watch out– this grilled corn salad is completely addictive.
It’s the most perfect balance of sweet, spicy, smoky and tart. The roasted corn kernels are crunchy, juicy and caramelized. They’re doused in a sweet-tart dressing, minced serrano peppers and fresh herbs.
The corn salad is quick to throw together and can be made ahead. Basically, it’s our new favourite way to cook and eat sweet corn.
This Mexican Corn Salad is the perfect summer recipe! It’s made with fresh corn that is loaded with smoky flavours from charring it on the grill.
Then it’s tossed together with a creamy and citrusy dressing and topped with vegan feta cheese.
Corn Salads with Cheese
Can’t imagine a good corn salad without cheese? We get it. Here are some great ideas of how to incorporate cheese to make corn salads even more appetising!
Smoky, earthy and salty, this Chipotle Corn Salad is accompanied by simple, fresh ingredients.
This budget friendly salad is easy to make and fantastic for those warmer months as you host a casual alfresco lunch with family and friends.
This recipe for Mexican Street Corn Salad, also known as Esquites, is corn kernels tossed in a creamy, sweet, tangy, smoky dressing, then topped with salty cotjita cheese.
It’s so easy to make and off the charts delicious. If you love authentic Mexican Street Corn on the cob, then you will love this side salad version.
Serve for brunch, as a dinner side, or all on its own. Great for summer potlucks or year round using fresh or frozen corn.
Fresh Corn Salad made with sweet corn, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and tangy feta in a light red wine vinaigrette.
Delicious any time of year, enjoy this awesome corn salad at BBQs, potlucks, and more!
A street corn kale salad is light, refreshing and totally delicious. Inspired by Mexican elote, this recipe boasts a rich variety of colours and textures in every mouthful.
Mix it all together, and you have a fiesta of flavours in your mouth! You will LOVE this Mexican elote street corn kale salad with spicy yogurt lime dressing.
It is a great Mexican inspired salad and one to test out of you are looking for a new kale salad recipe.
This light and fresh summer salad is made with corn, arugula, tomatoes, tangy vinaigrette, and creamy blue cheese!
It’s colourful, tasty, and will surely impress your family and friends any time you serve it.
Char grilled summer veggies topped with creamy, salty feta cheese and fresh herbs.
This delicious corn and zucchini salad will quickly become your go-to summer side!