Summer Sweet Corn Salad by This Farm Girl Cooks

Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

Maybe it’s my Midwest upbringing but when I think of summertime, I start thinking of sweet corn and homemade summer sweet corn salad. A fresh sweet corn salad recipe practically screams summertime!

What you’ll need

To make the dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Sweet Corn Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

How to make summer corn salad with tomatoes:

I have good news for you….this easy sweet corn salad recipe uses fresh corn during the summertime, but can use frozen corn in the winter. It’s a winning recipe either way!

  1. Make the dressing: In a bowl, whisk the lime juice, cumin, chili powder and olive oil together. Taste and adjust seasoning with a little salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. If you’re using fresh corn, cut it off the cob to start. If you’re using frozen corn, add it directly to the skillet.
  3. Heat a skillet, add the corn and char the kernels slightly, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the corn from the heat and place in a serving bowl.
  5. Add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, feta cheese and dressing.
  6. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

I think it’s worth mentioning that we farm corn and soybeans on our family farm here in Illinois. One of the crops we grow here is corn, but it’s not sweet corn like the kind used in this recipe.

The type of corn we plant and harvest is field corn and it’s used for things like:

  • animal feed for cattle, pigs, poultry and fish
  • cereals, salad dressings, soft drink sweeteners, taco shells, corn meal, corn syrups
  • industrial products like soaps, paints, solvents, and other starch based products
  • ethanol fuel

So while both are useful, the corn you use in this sweet corn salad recipe isn’t the kind we grow on our farm.

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Deanne Frieders

About Deanne

I live in Waterman, IL with my husband and our four children: Ava, Carson, Eleanor and Luke. We grow corn and soybeans with Ryan’s family.

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