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Grilled Corn Salad Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 311kcal
This grilled corn salad recipe is perfect for summer! Great for picnics or as a side for a cookout, this summer corn salad is packed full of flavor and is easy and quick to assemble. It can be made ahead of time, so it's a simple fuss free option!
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  • 5 ears corn shucked & silks removed
  • 3-4 jalapeno peppers seeds removed, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves rough-chopped (1 tablespoon reserved)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves rough-chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup crumbled Cotija or Queso Fresco cheese 1 tablespoon reserved
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil such as canola or a blend
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup dry-roasted peanuts toasted chopped hazelnuts or pistachios
  • Garnish with the reserved mint leaves and Cotija cheese


  • Grill the corn until lightly charred on all sides. Transfer to a plate and let cool to the touch. Cut off the corn kernels and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add diced jalapeno, most of the mint, cilantro, Parmesan and most of the Cotija cheese to the corn. Mix well.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, agave syrup, salt and black pepper. Whisk briskly about 1 minute. Pour the vinaigrette over the corn mixture and toss until all ingredients are coated. *See note about making ahead.
  • Directly before serving, add the peanuts and gently mix to combine.
  • Garnish with the reserved cheese and mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!



*Note: The salad can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Add all ingredients except the nuts, place in an air-tight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving, add the nuts and mix to combine. Garnish with mint leaves and Cotija cheese.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1.1mg