Sweet corn salad ~ is there anything better? These corn salad recipes made with fresh summer veggies and fabulous dressings make the cob sort of…irrelevant!
sweet corn salads
Yesterday at the farmers market I loaded up my market tote with so much corn it broke right through the bottom. I’m a little crazy when it comes to corn, it’s one of my all-time favorite foods and I will buy impractical amounts, especially in August. But there is a limit to how many ears a girl can eat, even when you factor in breakfast 🙂 Luckily I’ve got lots of fresh sweet corn salads on the site that go way beyond the cob. I’ll power through this in no time!
3 ways to use fresh corn in salads
- Yes, you can eat corn raw, all you have to do is strip the kernels from the cob. I reserve this for the sweetest in-season corn.
- Par cook the corn in boiling water for a few minutes, or in the microwave (wrapped in a wet paper towel.) This is what I do most of the time because it enhances the flavor and takes the raw edge off while maintaining corn’s famous crunch.
- CHARRED OR BLISTERED
- Grill or broil corn just until it starts to get blackened in spots. You can do this in or out of the husk. I like to do it in a cast iron skillet on the stove for convenience. The smokey flavor is fabulous in salads.
The glory of sweet juicy corn kernels is a given, but I had no idea that pairing them with such a simple buttermilk dressing and fresh basil was going to be quite this delicious. I could seriously eat a whole bowl of this stuff, it’s that good!
This salad celebrates corn’s refreshing side. Crunchy kernels meet crisp cucumbers, fresh dill, and a little thinly sliced red onion for some punch. I especially love this cooling salad alongside spicy entrees like barbecue or grilled chicken.
The flavors of Mexican street corn are famously delicious, and make a great alternative to your basic potato salad. Fresh juicy lime, herbaceous cilantro, creamy mayo, cheese, and a little spice all come together for a super fun summer side.
Really good sweet corn and really good watermelon are really only available in the summertime, so take advantage and team them up! I especially love this juicy salad served with fish or tacos, but who am I fooling? I just snack on it all day long.
This summery salad is a family tradition – it gets tossed together several times a summer for gatherings and cookouts. This salad is incredibly healthy, and surprisingly satisfying!
Lightly charred corn adds such a lovely sweet ‘n smoky flavor to this loaded bean salad. You can blister the corn on the grill, or under your broiler ~ it tenderizes the kernels and adds instant interest to any corn salad.
Talk about a satisfying salad…this one gets high marks for protein (salmon) and smart carbs (corn) along with tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber (asparagus, arugula.)