Southern Corn Salad

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.

Southern Corn Salad is one of my most requested side dishes in the spring and summertime when Florida’s Corn is at its sweetest, and vegetable gardens are mass-producing fresh, delicious produce. This salad literally flys of the table even when I make a double batch.

 

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.The most frequent compliment that I get on this Southern Corn Salad is how clean-tasting, as well as fresh the taste and textures, are. There is a reason for that. I only use locally grown NON-GMO and organic produce that is fresh from the garden or farmers market. If you cannot purchase organic, the next best thing is locally grown. Always ask questions. One of the biggest questions I always ask is, Is it NON-GMO? That’s the most crucial question for me.

 

Questions to ask when buying produce

  1. Is this produce Non-GMO verified? 
  2. Where was this produce grown?
  3. Is this produce certified organic?
  4. How long ago was this crop harvested?
  5. What type of fertilizer do you use on your crops?

 

These are essential questions to ask when purchasing your fresh produce. The farmers at the market usually do not mind answering these questions when asked in a polite, professional manner. Especially if they have nothing to his, so feel free to ask away!

 

 

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.

 

 

Equipment Needed

  • A pot large enough to hold five ears of corn
  • Potholders
  • Indoor/outdoor grill
  • Kitchen thongs
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Heat-resistant cutting board (wood)
  • Salad spoons
  • Salad bowl
  • Small jar with lid

 

 

 

 

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.

 

Southern Corn Salad

  • Five Fresh corn on the cob, grilled
  • Olive oil, to coat corn
  • One Small Red onion, chopped
  • Two Jalapeno peppers, membranes and seeds removed
  • Eight Vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, cut in four
  • Two Hass Avocados, diced
  • Choice of Fresh herbs such as fresh basil, flat-leaf parsley, or Culantro (Sawtooth herb)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

 

Homemade dressing

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Three tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Two tablespoons pure honey or 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • A pinch of Kosher salt

 

 

Method

  1. Fill a metal pot with salted water and place the metal pot on high heat until the water comes to a boil.
  2. Heat Indoor/outdoor grill to high.
  3. Remove the husks and silk from the ears of corn and rinse the ears of corn. Place the corn in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and drain corn for a few minutes.
  4. Next, place the corn on the grill for about 4 minutes on each side to char the corn slightly. Remove the corn and put it on a heat-resistant cutting board. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Once cool, remove the kernels from the cob—place in a bowl.
  5. Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup pineapple juice, extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey or sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small jar. Place the lid on the jar tightly and shake well.
  6. Chop one red onion, remove seeds and membranes from jalapeno peppers and dice, slice tomatoes into fours, dice the avocado, add choice of fresh herbs. Immediately place in the bowl with the corn, add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Shake the homemade dressing again and add it to the salad. Use salad spoons to toss the Southern Corn Salad gently. 

 

 

 

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.

 

4.94 from 30 votes
Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.
Southern Corn Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Cool
5 mins
Total Time
43 mins
 

Southern Corn Salad is hands down one of the best Iconic salads for summer. This summer-friendly salad is made with grilled corn on the cob, avocados, fresh organic tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, fresh herbs, and a homemade dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Corn Salad, Southern Corn Salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 5 large ears of sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil to coat corn
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers membranes and seeds removed, diced
  • 8 vine-ripe cherry tomatoes each sliced in fours
  • 2 Hass avocados diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs parsley, basil, or culantro (sawtooth herb)
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
Homemade dressing
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure local honey or ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt or to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill a metal pot with salted water and place the metal pot on high heat until the water comes to a boil.

  2. Heat Indoor/outdoor grill to high.

  3. Remove the husks and silk from the ears of corn and rinse the ears of corn. Place the corn in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and drain corn for a few minutes.

  4. Next, place the corn on the grill for about 4 minutes on each side to char the corn slightly. Remove the corn and put it on a heat-resistant cutting board. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Once cool, remove the kernels from the cob—place in a bowl.

  5. Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup pineapple juice, extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey or sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small jar. Place the lid on the jar tightly and shake well.

  6. Chop one red onion, remove seeds and membranes from jalapeno peppers and dice, slice tomatoes into fours, dice the avocado, add choice of fresh herbs. Immediately place in the bowl with the corn, add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Shake the homemade dressing again and add it to the salad. Use salad spoons to toss the Southern Corn Salad gently. 

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions

  1. I do not have fresh corn can I use frozen or canned in the offseason? I recommend using fresh, but in the event, you want to make this offseason, your best bet is a quality organic frozen corn. Just skip the grilling steps as it will no longer apply to the recipe.
  2. Can I use another type of tomato in this recipe? Absolutely! I like using cherry or grape tomatoes because of their size. You can always dice the tomato of your choice and add it to the Southern Corn Salad.
  3. I don’t like Pineapple juice can I use something to replace it in the dressing? A suitable replacement is a lemon or lime juice. Cut the amount slightly, so it’s not too tart.
  4. Does the Southern Corn Salad store well? Yes, just place it in a tightly sealed plastic container, and it will be fine for about three days to four days.
  5. What herbs do you typically use in your Souther Corn Salad? My favorite to use is the culantro, aka sawtooth herb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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