Two Peas and Their Pod

Grilled Corn Salad

I grew up in Illinois where there is an abundance of corn. Every summer we would eat fresh sweet corn for dinner almost every night. I miss Illinois’s sweet corn, but luckily Utah’s sweet corn is pretty tasty as well. My favorite summer meal is corn on the cob, watermelon, and garden tomatoes. Really, what else do you need in the summer? The other day I bought a half a dozen ears of corn from a local farm stand and made a Grilled Corn Salad. I now have a new favorite way to enjoy summer’s sweet corn. This salad is downright delicious.

If you haven’t tried grilled corn, you must. For one, you don’t have to turn on the stove and heat up the house to cook the corn. Most importantly, grilling the corn brings out a delicious smoky flavor. I soaked the corn for a couple of hours and the grilled them right in their husks.

I let the corn cool to room temperature and then removed the corn kernels from the cob. In a large bowl, I combined the corn, red onion, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, and fresh lime juice. I gently stirred all of the ingredients together and seasoned the salad with salt and pepper. The salad is good at room temperature or chilled. We couldn’t wait to try it, so we ate it immediately.

We ate the grilled corn salad plain, but the next day Josh got out the leftover salad and ate it with tortilla chips. It is great both ways. This simple summer salad is fresh, colorful, and full of flavor. Grab some fresh sweet corn this weekend and make Grilled Corn Salad. It is the way to enjoy summer’s sweet corn.

Grilled Corn Salad

Yield: 6-8 servings

Cook Time: 20 minutes


4 ears fresh sweet corn, do not shuck
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
2 avocados, seed removed and chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Pull back the husks on the corn and remove the silk. Pull the husks back into place and soak the corn in a large bowl of water for 2 hours. Drain the corn on paper towels. Heat the grill to medium. Place the ears of corn on the grill and grill for about 20 minutes. Make sure you turn the corn occasionally. Let the corn cool to room temperature.

2. Using a knife, remove the corn kernels and place them in a large bowl. Add the red onion, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, and fresh lime juice. Carefully stir until ingredients are well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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67 Responses to “Grilled Corn Salad”

  1. Andrea Scoville — August 5, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    Sounds absolutely delicious! Do you close the lid on the grill while you’re grilling the corn – do you flip them?


    • Two Peas replied: — August 5th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Yes, we closed the grill and you need to turn the corn occasionally.

  2. Maria, it looks sooo beautiful!

    I wish you were in San Diego at Blogher this weekend…that way I could meet you!! :)

  3. Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 5, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    i love how corn and avocado work so well together…this sounds truly yummy!

  4. Sues — August 5, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Grilled corn salad is basically summer in a bowl to me. And I LOVE the idea of adding avocado to the dish!

  5. Bev Weidner — August 5, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    This recipe just lasso’d my heart. I. LOVE. CORN. SALAD.

    *licking screen*

  6. Lauren from Lauren's Latest — August 5, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Oh yum. Love grilling corn!

  7. Erica — August 5, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Wer’re totally having corn on the cob tonight- can’t wait! The avocado is a great add in

  8. Sally — August 5, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Looks delicious! Light and refreshing

  9. Karly — August 5, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    I looooove grilled corn. And, yep, IL corn is pretty darn yummy. :)

  10. The Italian Dish — August 5, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I love making grilled corn and your salad look beautiful. Gaby should like this one since it has avocado in it!

  11. Georgia Pellegrini — August 5, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    This looks heavenly. I love avocado mixed with the smoky flavor of corn. I’ll definitely make this!

  12. Esi — August 5, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Great salad

  13. susan — August 5, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    I love grilled corn!

  14. TidyMom — August 5, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I’ve been on such a avocado kick, and we LOOOVE corn! I can’t wait to try this!

  15. I looove grilled corn. Fabulous side dish for bbq’s!

  16. DessertForTwo — August 5, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    This is a staple in our house! We planted 5 different plantings of corn and the first planting is just starting to come in this week. We’re loaded! Wish you lived close so I could share with ya :)

    • Two Peas replied: — August 5th, 2011 @ 11:10 am

      I wish you could share with us too:) Thanks!

  17. CouponClippingCook — August 5, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Love all of the fresh ingredients…they sound so perfect together. Looks great to eat on its own and on the tortilla chips. (tortilla chips are my favorite food group!)

  18. foodwanderings — August 5, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Perfect for summer. I never grilled corn always wondered and wanted to. Great to know your method of in the husk.:)

  19. Mari's Cakes — August 5, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    A must do for this weekend! Thanks :)

  20. I love corn salads but have yet to figure out a way to cut the corn off the cob after it’s cooked without sending corn flying all over the kitchen! It’s quite the mess when I’m done! Any suggestions?

  21. sippitysup — August 5, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I cannot tell you how well timed this recipe is for my life. I was looking for something like this for a b-day tonight… GREG

  22. marla — August 5, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Gotta admit, not a huge fan of corn, but grilled I am all over it!! xo

  23. Joanne — August 5, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    I think summer corn is tasty no matter where you buy it! This sounds delicious!

  24. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — August 5, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    I make almost this exact recipe! :) LOVE it! It’s such a great side dish option for grilling. Josh is a genius to use it like a salsa next day!

  25. MMM I love grilled corn and prepare it in a similar manner! I also love the combo of avo + cilantro + corn. So tasty and refreshing!

  26. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 5, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    perfect for this time of year! Looks wonderful! Have a great weekend my friend!

  27. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog — August 5, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    Wow, this looks so good. I love having corn in the summer, tastes so great with avocado!

  28. Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) — August 5, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    this looks soooo good and so perfect for a summer picnic! but alas i have no grill :( would it be just as good on a grill pan? probably not but i’ll give it a try, maybe i can afterwards roast it in a pan for a bit…

  29. Jeanette — August 5, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I always look forward to when corn is in season – we’ve been getting lots of corn in our CSA Box and made lots of corn salad along with just simple steamed corn. Haven’t tried grilling corn in husks yet but will definitely have to try it. So pretty, perfect for enjoying the bounty of summer corn!

  30. I’m angry that this has not entered my life before this. Angry.

  31. Amanda — August 5, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    SOOOOOOOOO making this. Its beautiful and I can almost taste that amazing flavor combination!!

  32. Suzi — August 5, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Making this tomorrow! Thanks, Maria!

  33. Corn is one of my favorite summer time foods! This look delicious Maria.

  34. Kelly — August 5, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    This looks amazing and I just got almost all of the ingredients in my farmshare this week! It’s perfect- yum!

  35. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — August 5, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    Gorgeous! What a wonderful combination of flavors!

  36. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 5, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    Sounds like a light and delicious dish for summer!

  37. Erica — August 5, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    This looks so so delicious!

  38. MamaDahl3 — August 5, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Too funny! Corn on the cob with homegrown tomatoes and watermelon is my favorite summer meal too!!

  39. megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 6, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    I’ve never tried grilled corn, but I can’t wait to! looks great :)

  40. Amanda — August 6, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    I <3 grilled corn! Yum, this looks fresh and fantastic!

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