Sweet Corn and Watermelon Salad

watermelon corn salad in a glass

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.

a corn and watermelon salad goes with everything

This is a simple salad with few ingredients, but the combination is really exciting and very healthy. It’s low calorie, no fat, and hydrating. Serve it with just about any summer meal, but it goes especially well with grilled chicken, tacos, steak, or salmon. It’s a no brainer with burgers and hot dogs. Kids just love this salad, which is a bonus.

corn and watermelon salad with glasses and limes

what you’ll need

Peak season produce makes a simple salad memorable.

  • seedless watermelon, cut into bite sized dice (scroll down for directions.)
  • fresh corn, lightly steamed to tenderize it and bring out the sweetness.
  • fresh basil ~ you could also use cilantro.
  • feta cheese ~ remember I always recommend imported sheep’s milk feta for amazing flavor.
  • fresh lime juice
  • the barest hint of sugar takes the edge off the lime juice.
cutting watermelon into small cubes

watermelon salad tips and faqs

What kind of watermelon should I buy?

Watermelons have come a long way since the seed studded behemoths of generations past. I like to use small, seedless melons for salad. These melons have dense sweet flesh that isn’t super watery. Look for one that feels heavy for its size.

Can I make this salad ahead?

Yes, this is one salad that will keep fairly well without deteriorating in the fridge. You can feel comfortable making it in the morning to serve that night. I would reserve the lime, feta, and basil for the last minute. If the watermelon has released any juice while chilling, drain it before dressing.

Can I use frozen corn?

No! Frozen or canned corn won’t have nearly the same snappy texture or fresh flavor, it’s just not worth it.

Do I have to cook the corn?

If your corn is super sweet and fresh you can use it raw, but I find most corn gets better when lightly steamed or microwaved.

ingredients for watermelon salad

how to cut a watermelon into cubes

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Step by step instructions for cutting watermelon into bite sized cubes

  1. Begin by slicing off a few inches from each end.

    Use a large sharp knife to cut a few inches off each end of the melon, to remove the rind.slicing off ends of a watermelon

  2. Remove the rest of the rind

    Stand the melon on one flat end and slice down each of the four sides to remove the rest of the rind. You’ll be left with a large cube. Trim the cube to remove any excess rind.slicing rind off watermelon

  3. Slice the cube into slabs

    Slice the large cube into 3/4 inch slices. Adjust larger or smaller as you like.slabs of watermelon

  4. Slice the slabs into cubes

    Stack the slabs and slice into 3/4 inch strips, then cut the strips crosswise into cubes.cutting melon into cubes

Make this summer salad often!

Treat your friends and family to this refreshing salad often this summer, it’s a winner. The corn and the melon will only get better as the summer goes on, and it’s the ultimate way to lean into this wonderful season.

watermelon salad in a glass cup

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5 from 4 votes

Sweet Corn and Watermelon Salad

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 super hero summer salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 -8 servings
Calories 108kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 6 cups cubed watermelon, more or less. (See post for step by step directions.)
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (you may not need it all)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Husk the corn and wrap in wet paper towels. Microwave for about 3 minutes. Plunge the hot corn into an ice bath to cool down and stop the cooking. Note: you can also boil or steam the corn if you prefer. Cook it just until barely tender, don't over cook.
  • Slice the kernels off the cooled ears of corn.
  • Combine the watermelon and corn in a serving bowl.
  • Combine the lime juice and sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Drizzle the lime juice over the salad, just enough to moisten everything. Top with shredded basil and feta cheese and serve immediately or chill until needed. Note: to slice the basil, stack the leaves and roll them together tightly, then slice into thin ribbons, crosswise.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 55mg | 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
    Tricia B.
    June 29, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Sue. I made this wonderful salad today as it looked so good I had to try it – and I had a small watermelon I wanted to use soon. One note I must mention is I didn’t have corn on the cob but did have frozen corn. I saw your note on using frozen corn but knew the type I had was sweet tasting (like corn on the cob) so I decided to give it a go. I’m sooo glad I did because it was very refreshing & tasted really good even using the frozen corn. The brand of frozen corn I used was: Kroger Super Sweet frozen corn! My husband was sceptical about this combination UNTIL he tasted it. I knew it would be good!!?
    Thank you Sue! I will be making this again before summer ends for sure – and not to mention watermelons. Although here in Texas summer last a bit longer than some places.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      I’m so glad this worked out so well for you and, yes, I agree, if you get the right brand of frozen corn it can be great.

      • Reply
        Tricia B.
        June 29, 2021 at 8:21 pm

        5 stars
        Sorry, I forgot to rate this in my first comment. It definitely deserves a 5?! I will be making it again soon – and passing recipe along to friends!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2021 at 6:13 am

    5 stars
    We lightly grilled the corn beforehand; and paired the salad with basil grilled chicken cutlets and an herby New Zealand SauvBlanc to round out the meal. Definitely a keeper.

  • Reply
    June 23, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    5 stars
    I love it when I have all ingredients in the house! Almost did with this one (basil is growing great guns this year) and probably could have done it with frozen corn — but fresh was so good. I had a small handful of blueberries and tossed them in, too. I always have melon leftover from the weekend. I’ll keep this recipe handy this summer. Tasty.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 23, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Blueberries sound great, thanks!

  • Reply
    June 23, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Happened to have made this for lunch the other day with the addition of some cantaloupe and some shrimp on top. Pretty delicious!

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