Recipe: Summer Corn Salad

updated May 17, 2022
Summer Corn Salad
Jump to Recipe
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Megan Gordon)

In the summer I’m always planning meals around what produce is in season at the farmers market. Gone are the days of cheesy casseroles and braised meats or stews — summer’s all about celebrating fresh, colorful produce. And this salad does just that.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

I actually set out to make a cold succotash salad with sweet corn and lima beans and a nice, summery vinaigrette. But then I decided I really wanted to cook soley from the farmers market and not rely on any frozen or canned vegetables. And that’s how this Italian-inspired summer corn salad came to be.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

The corn and the tomatoes are a given, but I decided fresh mint would add a welcome brightness and the pine nuts a nice toasty crunch. Between the firm corn, juicy tomatoes, fragrant mint, and crunchy pine nuts, you’ve got yourself one satisfying warm-weather side dish.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

So while this recipe cheats a little on the 6 ingredient recommendation (I didn’t count the olive oil or salt and pepper!), it’s as simple as a quick trip to your farmers market. You could do a Mexican-inspired version with avocados and cilantro if you’d like or add zucchini, parsley and red onion. The options are virtually endless.

Summer Corn Salad

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info


  • 5 ears

    fresh corn, husked

  • 3/4 cup

    cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 4 tablespoons

    pine nuts

  • 4 tablespoons

    fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons

    red wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons

    good quality olive oil

  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and lay pinenuts out on a cookie sheet. Toast them for 8-10 minutes or until just fragrant and slightly brown.

  2. In a medium-sized pot, boil the corn until kernels are just soft, about three minutes. Place in a bath of cold water to stop the cooking. Once cool, slice the kernels off the cob and pour into your favorite serving bowl.

  3. Toss in cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, fresh chopped mint, oil and vinegar and mix until just combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Related: Ripe, Red & Juicy: 12 Tomato Salads for Summer

(Images: Megan Gordon)