If there is one food that signifies the return of summer for me, it would be corn on the cob. Once summertime hits you find this gem of a vegetable everywhere. My personal favorite variety is silver queen (white corn). I find it to be a bit sweeter than its yellow counterparts. For this recipe, I targeted the yellow variety for the vibrant punch of color it offers.
Before living with my husband, I lived alone and had a magnificent garden. Herbs, peppers, and yes, even corn. I didn’t have to go grocery shopping. A hearty salad like this could be made by merely stepping outside my back door.
The time it takes to cultivate a garden like that is astounding. Unfortunately, this year, due to time constraints, I didn’t plant a garden. My grocery costs sure are feeling the difference too!
OK enough about daydreaming about garden’s past. I’ll do better next year and hopefully plant again.
This grilled corn salad is so simple to make. It’s also a great way to use up leftover grilled corn and repurpose it into another meal instead of tossing it. Always repurpose folks, it will save you so much money. We all like to save money, right?
The bright and colorful salad highlights some of my favorite flavors. Fresh cilantro, grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, and black beans. It’s even what I am bringing to our friends July 4th party on Wednesday.
Speaking of July 4th, does it feel odd to anyone else that it’s on a Wednesday this year? That feels wrong to me. It should always be celebrated on a Saturday in my opinion. Who wants to get up and go to work after staying up late with all the fun festivities?
I diverge, sorry. Back to the corn salad…
If you don’t have leftover grilled corn on the cob go ahead and start up your grill so you can grill some up now. While the grill is heating up soak the corn (husk and all) in water. Soaking the corn in the husk will help keep the corn from charring too much and drying out. The moisture will steam the corn inside the husk for a perfectly juicy bite.
While the corn is cooking, prep and combine all the other ingredients and store them in the fridge for later.
Remove the corn from the grill (it will take about 20-25) minutes on a medium-high heat. I use a gas grill so the time may vary on a charcoal grill. Also, try not to place your corn directly over the heat. We don’t want it to burn.
Once the corn is cool, cut the kernels off, add them to the bowl, and continue to refrigerate for 30 minutes. This salad can easily be made the day before your cookout.
Convinced to give it a try? Let’s get grilling!
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes*|
|Passive Time||30 minutes|
- 5 ears grilled yellow corn kernels cut off the cob
- 1/2 cup red onion small dice
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered
- 15 ounces black beans
- 1 large lemon juiced
- 1/2 ounce fresh cilantro torn or roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and prep all produce
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
- Serve with your favorite protein or other grilled items
*If you are using leftover grilled corn there is no cook time for this recipe
Lisa @happylifeblogspotJuly 2, 2018
I’m loving this Summer salad! This one’s going on my table ASAP!!
Aditi Wardhan SinghJuly 2, 2018
I relaly love corn in anything and this is incredibly refreshing. Totally LOVE it !
Sam | Away She WentJuly 2, 2018
I love, love, love grilled corn! This sounds delicious!
And I agree that it seems weird for the 4th of July to be on a Wednesday. I’m taking Thrusday and Friday off to make a long weekend of it.
KeatingJuly 3, 2018
This looks so yummy!! I’d love to make this sometime but my husband insists that corn is bad for you… haha he just won’t have to eat it.
adrianaJuly 3, 2018
This looks absolutely delicious! Yum, I need to try this out!
Jenni LeBaronJuly 4, 2018
This looks fantastic and I love that it comes together so quickly. It’s always nice to have a few of these dishes to pull together so you aren’t stuck in the kitchen at BBQs.
aditi bahlJuly 5, 2018
Deliciously plated indeed. This corn salad is colorful, fresh and i wish i could have a bite just now. Perfect for summers. Also i really liked the idea of grilled corn. Normally we boil, but grilled will add a lot of flavor i agree.
Whitney BondJuly 5, 2018
This looks like the perfect summer recipe! I love that it can be made ahead of time for easy prep before a party or even after a long day at the beach!
Cathleen @ A Taste of MadnessJuly 5, 2018
I love corn in the summer!!
Also, totally agree about Wednesday Holidays!! I’m in Canada, so we had Canada Day on a Sunday and Monday off which is the way it’s supposed to be 😉
Shelley @ Two Healthy KitchensJuly 6, 2018
So perfectly, gorgeously simple! With all those lovely, vibrant summer flavors, there’s just no need to make it complicated – this salad really lets those beautiful veggies shine! Terrific description of how to grill the corn so it’s exactly right in this salad – great info!
Veena AzmanovJuly 6, 2018
We love grilled corn and we love corn salad…. basically we love corn so this fits right into our meal plan. Love the flavors you have going in this salad. So refrehsing.
SaimaJuly 7, 2018
This grilled corn salad is so colourful and tempting and so perfect for the summer. Some wonderful flavours too!
prasanna hedeJuly 7, 2018
Oh this salad is so bright,colorful and refreshing! Perfect for BBQ parties and so easy to put together.
Sri MallyaJuly 8, 2018
Looks so colorful and refreshing. Perfect for summer. Loved it!
Jessica (Swanky Recipes)July 8, 2018
I’ve been living off of pasta salads all summer and it’s time to switch things up. Last week I visited a farm nearby and bought a bunch of corn for a few dollars. This salad looks refreshing and I’m sure it will be a hit at a graduation party next weekend!
Anne LawtonJuly 9, 2018
I LOVE fresh corn during the summer! This recipe is a must-try!
anneJuly 9, 2018
I love a good corn salad in the summer. I’m going to be giving this one a try soon!
VaishaliJuly 9, 2018
Living in Kansas, we have abundance f corn. Will try this for sure
Mike from Chili Pepper MadnessAugust 29, 2018
This corn salad looks super bright and colorful. It’s always the perfect side for grilling. Firing up the grill just so I can make this!
LindaAugust 29, 2018
now I’m impressed that you grew your own corn! Corn is peaking right now, so we’re eating our fair share. Will definitely give this a try soon.
TraciAugust 29, 2018
I’m always up for a veggie loaded salad like this, especially when there’s fresh corn involved. This is my favorite salad situation! Just pinned!
Sally@ Good Dinner MomAugust 29, 2018
This recipe is just gorgeous! Grilling corn makes the flavor just explode and I love how colorful this salad is. Great job. Pinned!
PamAugust 29, 2018
We are huge corn lovers over here! This looks like a great addition to our arsenal of corn recipes.