The Best Corn Salad

This is the best, most flavorful corn salad recipe I’ve ever made. It’s incredibly simple to prepare yet tastes absolutely amazing. I love the sweet crunch of the corn with the tangy lime juice and briny feta cheese!

Corn Salad Recipe Video

I’ve fallen hard for this easy corn salad recipe. You’ll use fresh, raw corn to make it, which makes it quick and simple to prepare. Plus, the fresh corn stays crisp and sweet in the salad. It’s seriously delicious. I’ve served this salad to friends on a few occasions, and everyone is always amazed at how good it is.

This fresh corn salad is pretty much the epitome of summer salads! It’s perfect for your next cookout and would be amazing served next to our super tender ribs, these mouthwatering carnitas, and even my favorite bean burgers! For another salad with corn, try our corn and black bean salad.

The Best Corn Salad

Key Ingredients

  • Corn: When we originally shared this corn salad recipe, many of our readers didn’t know that you can eat raw corn. I’m here to tell you that you can and that it’s incredible! Try fresh corn in this recipe, and you’ll never look back.
  • Bell pepper and green onion: Add color and fresh flavor.
  • Tarragon: I use a little fresh tarragon in this salad, which is delicious with the lime juice. If you have a hard time finding it, leave it out (there isn’t really anything similar to the flavor of fresh tarragon).
  • Feta cheese: I use crumbled feta cheese in this corn salad, which I love. However, you can try cotija cheese for more of a Mexican corn salad.
  • Lime: Fresh lime juice is the base of our easy salad dressing. It’s zippy and wonderful with the sweet corn.
  • Sour cream: Adds a little creaminess (I only use 1 tablespoon). You can substitute mayonnaise or plain yogurt.

How to Make Corn Salad

First, you’ll prep your corn. Remove the outer green husks and the silk strands, then place the corn cob vertically on a cutting board, holding it firmly with one hand.

Removing corn kernels from the cob for fresh corn salad

With a sharp knife, carefully slice downward along the length of the cob, cutting off the corn kernels. Try to cut close to the cob to get the most kernels. Continue rotating the cob and cutting off the kernels until all the corn has been removed. Watch me do this in the video!

Corn Salad Ingredients

Once you have corn kernels, toss them into a bowl with the bell pepper, green onions, tarragon, and feta cheese. Then add fresh lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and the sour cream. Toss well, and then refrigerate until ready to eat. Letting this corn salad sit in the fridge for a bit gives the ingredients time to mingle, making it taste even better.

What to Serve with Corn Salad

Enjoy this easy corn salad as a side or topping (like salsa). It’s excellent added to tacos, rice bowls, and burritos. It’s also a perfect side dish and works well with grilled meats and veggies. I love it next to grilled steak and chicken. It’s also lovely with Cajun shrimp, baked salmon, and this grilled swordfish with coriander and lime.

Serve with other sides like tomato salad, potato salad, bean salad, and cucumber salad.

Best Easy Corn Salad

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This easy corn salad recipe is a family favorite. It’s truly one of the tastiest corn salad recipes I’ve tried. This salad is crunchy, sweet, tangy, and just a little bit creamy. We love it!

Makes 3 cups

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

3 medium ears corn, kernels cut off the cobs, 1 ½ cups

Half large red bell pepper, finely chopped, 1/2 cup

3 green onions, thinly sliced, 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

2 ounces (60g) crumbled feta cheese, 1/3 cup

1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lime juice, 2 medium limes

1 tablespoon sour cream

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

4 turns on a pepper grinder

Directions

    1In a large bowl, add the salad ingredients. Gently toss them together, being careful not to bruise the herbs or smash the corn.

    2Once combined, let the salad sit for about an hour to marinate. The flavors will come together during this time, making the salad taste even better.

    3When ready to serve, give the salad another gentle toss and enjoy. Keep the corn salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Sour cream: One tablespoon of sour cream in the salad helps the dressing stick to the corn, resulting in a game-changing combination. If you don’t have sour cream, Greek yogurt or mayonnaise are possible substitutes.
  • Storing: Fresh corn salad lasts up to 3 days when stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, making this a perfect summer make-ahead salad! I do not recommend freezing this salad.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe (about 3/4 cup) / Calories 144 / Total Fat 7.9g / Saturated Fat 3.1g / Cholesterol 13.7mg / Sodium 578.9mg / Carbohydrate 16.9g / Dietary Fiber 2.5g / Total Sugars 5.9g / Protein 4.8g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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40 comments… Leave a Review
  • Diane July 15, 2024, 5:02 pm

    just made your corn salad to go with my BBQ ribs and of course as all cooks I tired it before we have supper. This is so good and so easy to put together. Only thing that I changed was using tarragon, I don’t like it so used fresh parsley/chives. This is a keeper recipe.

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    • Adam July 15, 2024, 5:31 pm

      We love using tarragon! That sounds delicious 🙂

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  • Tonya Neeley July 15, 2024, 9:02 am

    Delicious salad. Easy to prepare. I didn’t have any limes so I used white wine vinegar and a little sugar.

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  • christine July 14, 2024, 2:00 pm

    My guests raved about this dish. One of the easiest to make! The tarragon sends it over the top for sure.

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  • dandksmommy July 4, 2024, 5:36 pm

    OMG!!! What a huge hit today at our 4th of July family reunion. I loved how easy this was to prepare as well as the limited number of ingredients. I did make it two ways. One using fresh limes and the other using lime juice. AND fresh limes is the way to go. Also, the addition of sour cream IMO is genius. It really tames the taste of the salt on your tongue. I did as fresh grape tomatoes to my serving and I really liked the addition of the red fruit. All in all, thank you for a fabulous recipe I’ll add to my arsenal.

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  • Naomi June 25, 2024, 6:58 pm

    I just made this DELICIOUS CORN SALAD Absolutely refreshing, tangy, churchy. OMG I definitely will be making it for an upcoming family barbecue next weekend. Thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes

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  • Nina June 17, 2024, 2:12 pm

    Simply DELICIOUS! This will certainly become a regular recipe for me.

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  • Brenda May 30, 2024, 5:42 am

    This corn salad is fabulous. No leftovers on this one. I like it scooped in to romaine leaves. YUM! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Joanne May 30, 2024, 3:18 pm

      Wonderful, Brenda! Thank you so much for coming back and letting us know!

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  • Martha May 28, 2024, 11:09 am

    Love the recipes❤️

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    • Joanne May 30, 2024, 3:16 pm

      Wonderful, thank you!

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  • Isabel May 26, 2024, 2:57 pm

    Never made a corn salad before but will definitely be making this in the future. It is just delicious and perfect for the summer. Thanks.

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  • Marjorie May 24, 2024, 9:06 pm

    Hi Joanne and Adam, I made a single serving of the corn salad using cooked corn, mayonnaise instead of sour cream and dill instead of tarragon. A really great salad. Thank you for this recipe.

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