summer beet and corn salad

summer corn and beet salad

This summer beet and corn salad is my sister’s recipe ~ it’s a simple healthy salad that celebrates sweet summer corn, beets, and sisterhood!

beet and corn salad in a white bowl

sweet summer corn and beet salad

It’s my sister’s signature salad, and it’s a summertime staple for me. I never actually had to make it for myself until now, because we lived in the same city for so long, raising our kids and celebrating all life’s big and small moments together. I could count on it every Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

But recent moves have separated us, and while we try to stay in touch with a weekly phone appointment, the time difference sabotages us. Sometimes one of us will miss it. Or forget. When we do connect, one of our phones might have an echo, or a delay. Sometimes I can only hear every third word (it’s a miracle I got this recipe straight!) But every once in a while the reception is crystal clear and the conversation flows just like we were sitting in the living room together, glasses of wine in hand, talking out our most intimate issues, and cracking each other up, as only sisters can.

making a corn and beet salad

what you’ll need for this beet and corn salad

I’m so glad I finally made this salad for myself, it’s so simple! If you want to get a head start on it, cook the beets up to a few days ahead, they do fine in the fridge.

  • beets ~ you can boil them or roast them.
  • fresh corn
  • red onions
  • celery ~ provides the crunch!
  • feta cheese
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper
beet and corn salad in bowl with spoon

a healthy and satisfying summer salad

The garnet colored beets are one of the most beautiful veggies on the planet, and they’re a nutrient dense superfood, as well. Combine it with corn, and you’ve got a fiber rich salad packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. It will give you energy and keep you feeling satisfied way longer than a green salad or pasta salad ever could. It might just be the perfect summer salad.

summer beet salad in a serving bowl

tips for making a beet salad

Beets are highly pigmented and so can be a challenge when combining them with other ingredients…

  • I like to toss my diced beets with a little bit of the dressing first, before adding to the bowl. This provides a little bit of a barrier to minimize bleeding.
  • I toss the corn, onion, and celery with dressing separately, too, and then add everything to my serving bowl. This way, I don’t have to mix the salad too much.
  • Add the feta cheese at the very end so it will stay white longer.
  • Of course once the salad is served, all bets are off, that gorgeous pink will take over ~ and that’s one of the joys of a beet salad!
beet and corn salad, with white bowls

if you like this you’ll love…

summer corn and beet salad
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4.13 from 55 votes

Beet and Corn Salad

This summer beet and corn salad is my sister's recipe ~ it's a simple healthy salad that celebrates sweet summer corn, beets (and sisterhood!)
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 164kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, use more to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Trim the tops off the beets and put them in a pot of water just to cover.  Boil for 30-45 minutes until they’re just tender.  Check by sticking a sharp knife into the center of one.  Cool them while you prep the other vegetables.
  • Microwave the corn kernels for about a minute or two, or just leave them raw if you prefer.  I think cooking them brings out the flavor.
  • Put the corn, celery and onion into a serving bowl.  When the beets are cool enough to handle, trim off both ends and gently peel off the skin.  Chop the beets into chunks and add to the bowl.
  • Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar and taste to adjust the proportions. Toss the salad with enough dressing to moisten it,you may not need it all. Season with salt and pepper and chill until ready to serve.
  • Add the feta cheese and parsley just before serving.
  • The salad will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week.

Cook’s notes

If you prefer to roast your beets, wrap them loosely in foil and roast in a 375F oven for about an hour and a half, or until tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Lacey
    August 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    OMGosh!!! I’m so excited about this recipe!! I just harvested corn, golden beets, red beets and parsley from my garden. This is so perfect! Thank you!!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 2, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      You’re in for a treat, it’s so nice to have it all from your own garden 🙂

  • Reply
    Carole Jane McKenzie
    May 27, 2021 at 12:41 am

    5 stars
    Wonderful, made it to take to a friends bbq and it was a smash hit. I added fresh orange slices to give it an added freshness.

  • Reply
    Todd
    February 26, 2018 at 2:22 am

    5 stars
    Blessed beets and corn, that was wonderful, thank you. I char-grilled the corn and baked the beetroot, no peas alas. I also added pomegranate and a few slices of avocado for added tart sweetness and texture. Awesome.

  • Reply
    Paul
    July 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    5 stars
    Add 2 dill pickles (I like ’em zesty) cut into small cubes. It adds a subtle but distinct flavor that compliments the corn and beets.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Yum 🙂

  • Reply
    Joanna
    July 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! Tried a version of this based on what I had on hand… no onion, peas, or celery… but I added cucumber and julienned carrots. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I adore this salad – you’ve just reminded me to get my sister to make it for me again! Love your changes!

  • Reply
    Laura
    August 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, great looking salad. I love beets so much and I love to try new recipes all the time so thanks. Xx

  • Reply
    annie
    August 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    5 stars
    Sue,

    This is so pretty! I can only imagine how good it was…the photos are gorgeous!

    annie

  • Reply
    Jane and Lance Hattatt
    August 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

    5 stars
    Hello Sue:
    We absolutely adore cooked beetroot and both beetroot and corn are plentiful in our local market at the moment. So, this receipt is very, very tempting.

    It is an absolute jewel box of a salad,pretty enough to just look at never mind eat!!

  • Reply
    Sue/the view from great island
    August 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Ocean Breezes and Hostess—I’m so jealous you are growing your own beets. Even the pick-your-own farm that I’ve been going to doesn’t have them.

  • Reply
    Sue/the view from great island
    August 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thanks, Mary. What I really need to do is stop whining and get on a plane and visit my sister!

  • Reply
    Sue/the view from great island
    August 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Susan—You could also buy some golden beets and throw them in, that would be really gorgeous. I recently upgraded to a Nikon D3100, and I like it a lot. Slrs get better clarity in general than point and shoots. I appreciate the compliment, I’ve always thought your photos were stunning!

  • Reply
    Sue/the view from great island
    August 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Maris and Gerlinde—thanks, I do highly recommend making it, it’s almost addictive with all those high sugar content veggies!

  • Reply
    hostess of the humble bungalow
    August 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    5 stars
    I love the look of that salad and I can imagine how fabulous it would be accompanied by salmon on the BBQ!
    My beets are ready to harvest and the local corn is in so I’m tempted to make this one.
    Thank you!

  • Reply
    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    August 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous looking salad! I’ve grown beets for the 1st time this year and I’ll be making this salad before the end of the season! Sorry your sister is so far away, hopefully you have some good friends to share this delicious salad with!

  • Reply
    Mary
    August 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    5 stars
    What wonderful color this salad must have. It really sounds delicious. It is good you are able to maintain the same type of relationship with your sister that you had when she was close by.That can sometimes be hard. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  • Reply
    Gerlinde
    August 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    I have never thought to add corn to a beet salad, yet I imagine that combination being delicious.. will give this a try!

  • Reply
    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    August 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    5 stars
    The farm that I frequent in Salem, NH. has the most gorgeous beets, actually all the vegetables are amazing. When I go this week I can buy almost every ingredient for this recipe with the farm fresh veggies. I can’t wait to make it. Beautiful photos!! What kind of camera do you use? Every photo is always so clear?

  • Reply
    Maris (in Good Taste)
    August 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    Vibrant, colorful and a great tribute to your sister!

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