Fresh Corn Salad


If corn is less than sparkling and perfect, refresh it. Blanch it for 1 minute in boiling salted water, then transfer it to salted ice water to halt the cooking.

Fresh Corn Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
35 mins


  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ - ⅓ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 4 ears fresh corn

  • ½ cup finely diced red onion (cut to same size as the clusters of corn kernels), soaked in ice water for 20 minutes and patted dry

  • ½ cup cucumber, seeded, not peeled if unwaxed, then diced to same size of onions

  • ½ cup red or orange sweet pepper, diced to same size as onions

  • ½ cup cherry or pear tomatoes, halved or quartered

  • 3 tablespoon parsley, finely torn

  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves or buds, pulled apart

  • 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeno, seeds and veins removed, very finely diced*

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt

  • 1 - 2 cup small arugula leaves


  1. For dressing, in a glass bowl whisk together vinegar, sugar, the 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper until sugar is dissolved. Let dressing stand while preparing salad.

  2. For salad, cut corn kernels from cobs. In a large bowl toss corn and remaining ingredients except sea salt and arugula leaves.

  3. To serve, transfer salad to large serving bowl. Season with the 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Add the dressing; gently thread in arugula leaves. Serve immediately. (Cucumbers and tomatoes will begin to break down.) Makes 8 servings


Wear kitchen gloves when handling hot peppers, such as jalapenos to avoid burning skin and eyes with volatile oils. When hands touch peppers, wash immediately in warm sudsy water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
1g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 20.7mg 104%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 222mg 5%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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