Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad is the ultimate end of summer dish! We love this simple salad bursting with freshness that is made in minutes. This gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian friendly recipe is a salad that many with dietary concerns can enjoy!
Is there anything better than sweet corn and fresh juicy tomatoes off the vine? Not in my book. When I was a kid, I remember eating corn until I was so full I couldn’t eat another bite. I loved sticking the little mini corn holders into the ends of the hot cobs, rolling my corn in butter (actually it was margarine in my mom’s house!) sprinkling with a little salt and eating ear after ear of fresh corn.
This gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian-friendly salad makes the best treat for that hard to cook for friend!
During August and September, corn is plentiful in grocery stores as well as at our local fruit stands. I get a little carried away when fresh corn is piled high, and love using corn in recipes that celebrate fresh corn on the cob! A few of those recipes are: Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa, Fresh Corn Cakes with Peach Sauce and Cheesy Creamed Corn .
My favorite type of corn is the bi-color or sweet corn, which is usually a mixture of yellow and white corn together. I love the way it tastes, and how it looks! Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad is made of just a few basic ingredients: corn, tomatoes, fresh basil, onions and oregano. The dressing made of white balsamic and olive oil is poured right over the corn and tomatoes.
This fresh salad is summer in a bowl! Tomatoes are also a key player in this salad, the fresher, the better. I love buying tomatoes that are fresh from a farmers market, and still warm from being in the sun. Never, ever refrigerate a tomato! Refrigeration of a tomato will change the texture and tends to make tomatoes mushy. Once you bring a tomato home from the store, let it sit on the counter until using. Refrigerate any leftovers that have been cut or mixed into a salad.
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad has been making appearances in our home for over a decade and is a favorite side dish in the summer to our Family Favorite Enchiladas, Easy Southwest Tortilla Rollups, Smoked Green Chile Mac and Cheese and Tacos Al Pastor!
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad originally shared in 2009 and again in 2013. Updated 2020 with updated photos and text.
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad is quick and easy and the best way to use corn and tomatoes in the summer!
- 6 ears corn
- 3 large fresh tomatoes, about 6-8 cups large dice
- 1/2 large onion or about 1 cup chopped Walla Walla or Sweet Vidalia
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- two to three sprigs fresh oregano, removed from stem optional
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic, golden balsamic or white wine vinegar white wine vinegar is sold near salad dressings
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- coarse sea salt to taste
- fresh ground pepper to taste
Fill a large pot about 1/2 full of water. Bring water to boil.
Add the corn and cover pan again. Bring to boil again.
When water in pan comes to a boil, remove from heat and let corn sit in water, covered, for 8-10 minutes.
After time is up, drain hot water and plunge corn into cool water or simply drain off hot water and run cold water into the same pot.
Drain again. When corn is cooled, cut corn off cob and set aside. Discard cobs. This step may be done ahead, cut corn and refrigerate until ready to assemble salad.
While corn is cooking, cut tomatoes and onion into chunks.
Coarsely chop basil and strip the oregano off stems.
Place cooled corn, chopped tomatoes, onions and herbs into large bowl.
Toss with vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers.
37 thoughts on “Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad”
I love that the corn is still sticking together, fresh is definitely best!
This salad look yummy and delicious! gloria
Maravillosa ensalada, se ve increible.
You gotta have a fantastic macro lens or setting on your camera. The photos are tremendous!
Thank you Jane!
that looks absolutely divine
Sometimes when I get hungry I come to your blog and just look at the pictures.. which usually makes me much more hungry than before and does nothing but remind me that you are amazing and I want to have a little Si in me when I grow up if I ever do. And that I'm really hungry.
I think I'll try this one next time. I'm gonna make that choc bundt for sureee
That looks so beautifully fresh and delicious – a vision of summer on a plate. It is the first day of spring here today – bring it on I say 🙂
PS I like white balsamic vinegar too.
Can't wait to try this. Sounds so good!
This looks and sounds so good! It's been so chilly in the evenings so I need to hurry up and make this before it's suddenly winter!
I made your salad last night-so refreshing! But where can you find white balsamic vinegar. I couldn't find it so I just used regular balsamic. My friend Lucy Andre told me about you blog-I am a frequent visitor!
White Balsamic can be found in some groceries, I purchased mine at Tony Caputo's in Salt Lake City. Great Source for Balsamic, Olive oil, etc.
Beautiful, simply Beautiful!
I found this recipe a while back and was chomping at the bit for it to be spring again so I can try it!… FABULOUS! I also wasn't able to find white balsamic initially – but regular balsamic tastes INCREDIBLE anyway… I have done many variations – different crumbled cheeses added… tuna, chicken, steak strips for the non-veggie lovers adds a nice element too… favorite veggies to add are nice red or yellow peppers and I have done this with heirloom tomatoes too and gotten SUCH great color. Thanks SO much for this recipe – it's gotten me TONS of compliments!
Saw this on Pinterest. Looks fantastic. I'll be trying it this summer.
This looks amazing! I'm having a BBQ on Sunday for 20 people and I want to make this. Anyone know how much this recipe makes? Should I double it or triple it? If there is too much…I don't think it will go to waste!
It serves about 12 as a side dish. Sorry for the very late response! For some unknown reason, I have not been receiving notifications when comments are made on this post!
Just finished making this…and oh my god, is it good!! Love how the simplicity allows the flavor of all the ingredients to shine through. Will definitely be using this as a fall back recipe. P.S. I grilled the corn which I think really takes it up a notch. 🙂
You can also add drained black beans for a complete meal. Great recipe.
Saw this on Pinterest and I so glad I tried it out. I love how fresh and tasty it was! Will make again!
Simply wonderful!! I have made if four times now!
We made this today for 4th of July. It is wonderful! I found this on Pinterest too.
Loved this salad!!! We just made it and served it with some fresh mozzarella and bread!!! Excellent!
This salad tastes like summer in a bowl! It is so light and refreshing and DELICIOUS! Thanks for the great recipe!
I found this on Pinterest and its got to be one of my all time favorite summer recipes! thanks for posting! it's delicious!!
I just made this today, right before serving I added some diced avocado……OMG it is soo good! I can't stop eating it!
Hi Michelle, The avocado sounds like an awesome addition. I think I'll try it and do a repost this summer! thank you!
Saw this on Pinterest… And we're trying it out tonight. Using grape tomatoes instead though 🙂
I love grape tomatoes, and when it's not summer, I almost always substitute grape tomatoes because the flavor is so good. Great idea!
How many servings does this make and can I make it the night before?
Hi Clare, This recipe serves about 12 as a side dish. You can make it the night before, but the tomatoes will give off some juice, if you wan to avoid the extra juice, you could place the tomatoes in a separate container, then add just before serving. The amount of juice from the tomatoes, of course, will depend on the variety of tomato used. Thanks for stopping by!
Great, thank you so much!!
Just finished making it with fresh Jersey corn and Jersey heirloom tomatoes. Can't get any better than that! Your recipe is definitely one of the more healthy corn salads… Thanks for sharing…
Thank you Sara!
I have made this recipe multiple times since finding it a few years back. It is always a crowd (and family) favorite. I totally agree with using white balsamic vinegar. Love, love, love this recipe!
I agree, Gail, this is always a crowd favorite and the balsamic vinegar makes such a difference. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK!
Hi Si! I just wanted to say my husband and I enjoy many of your recipes. My sister and brother-in-law are coming out for a visit next month .Can’t wait to show off some of them. My sister and I love to cook and love to find different recipes to try. Can’t wait!! Haven’t tried this CORN AND TOMATO Salad yet but it’s worth trying. Sounds good! Thank you!!?