Bushels upon bushels of corn waiting to be husked are a sure sign that summer is here. While a good old straight up cob is a pleasure and a seasonal rite, corn has a sweetness and a savoriness to it that is too good not to spread around. It pairs and contrasts beautifully with other summer produce, practically demanding to be tossed into a colorful and chunky salad. Here are nine corn salad recipes that will have you making the most out of those kernels.
1. Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing
Juicy, crunchy, and creamy, this salad combines the tartness of tomatillos with sweet corn, cool jicama, and fleshy tomatoes, topping it all off with a thick avocado dressing. Get our Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing recipe.
2. Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad
Simple yet stunning, this easy salad would fit right in at any summer potluck or barbecue. Get our Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad recipe.
3. Maque Choux
A Cajun classic (that’s “mock shoe” to all you non-Louisianans). Featuring crispy okra and a boost from cream and bacon, it’s the perfect side for Cajun shrimp or jambalaya. Get our Maque Choux recipe.
4. Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta
Zucchini and corn are a pairing that sings of summer. But what really sets this recipe apart is the addition of zucchini blossoms, the delicate, sweet buds that are as stunning as they are succulent. Get the recipe here.
5. Shrimp, Avocado, and Roasted Corn Salad
This one calls for a bit of skillet multitasking: the pan is used to give a nice browning to the corn, crisp the bacon, and put a sear on the shrimp. Keep this one in mind for lunch or a light dinner. Get the recipe here.
6. Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes
The Southwestern salad gets an upgrade: built around the usual suspects of corn, beans, jalapeño, and cheese, it introduces quinoa for a healthy, protein-packing twist. Get the recipe here.
7. Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chipotle Black Bean & Corn Salad
These bean and corn-filled sweet potatoes are a delight just to look at. But what you can’t see is the smoky chipotle dressing that ties all the flavors together and makes the whole package a pleasure to savor. Get the recipe here.
8. Chilled Black Bean, Feta & Cucumber Salad
Built around cool cucumbers, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, this salad gets pumped up through the addition of tangy lime, red wine vinegar, and feta. Get the recipe here.
9. Bacon, Corn, and Avocado Salad
There’s no such thing as bacon overkill and this recipe proves that point. Here, all the corn and veg gets infused with its smokiness, showing that even the salad course is a prime opportunity for bacon time. Get the recipe here.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.