roasted corn salad

$6.38 recipe / $1.06 serving

I used to hate corn. I thought it was kind of boring… Until I made this oven roasted corn last year and learned that corn could be sweet, succulent, totally juicy, and DELICIOUS! So now, every summer when corn goes on sale 3 for a dollar, I’m allll over that.

I made this super simple roasted corn salad the other day to go along with my pulled pork and it was just fabulous. The simplicity of it allows the corn’s sweetness to really shine through. You can eat this salad straight (as I have been doing), stuff it into a taco or burrito, or even top a traditional salad with it. It’s good no matter how you eat it!

I splurged on cherry tomatoes for this salad because they’re bite sized, visually appealing, and most importantly, they’re extra sweet. Of course, they’re also about half the cost of the salad. So, if you want to cut the cost, you can go for a less expensive tomato, like a roma tomato, and just cut it into chunks.

Oh, and if you live in a normal temperature place (i.e. NOT Louisiana), it might be more appropriate to roast your corn on a grill outside. I chose to use the oven because lighting something on fire and standing near it when the temperature outside is already near 100 degrees and 100% humidity is just crazy talk. I’ll stay inside and use my oven, thanks. Either way, roast the corn in the husks to hold in the moisture and flavor!

Roasted Corn Salad

Roasted Corn Salad

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roasted corn salad
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Total Cost: $6.38
Cost Per Serving: $1.06
Serves: 6
  • 6 ears sweet corn $2.00
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes $2.99
  • ½ small red onion $0.47
  • ½ bunch cilantro $0.43
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.36
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice $0.05
  • ¾ tsp salt $0.03
  • ½ tsp cumin $0.03
  • to taste freshly cracked pepper $0.02
  1. To roast the corn, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the corn cobs, husks intact, directly on the oven rack. Let cook for 35 minutes. After roasting, allow the corn to cool until it can be handled easily (5-10 minutes).
  2. While the corn is cooling, dice the onion into small pieces and slice the tomatoes in half. Rinse the cilantro well, pull the leaves from the stalks, and roughly chop.
  3. Once the corn is cool enough to handle, pull off the husks and corn silk. Either cut or break the base of the corn cob off so that there is a flat surface to stand the cob on. Stand the cob in a bowl and, using a small knife, cut straight down to remove the kernels. The kernels will fall right off into the bowl instead of all over the counter top. Continue to cut off the kernels from all six cobs.
  4. Add the onion, tomato, and cilantro to the bowl with the corn. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour over the salad and stir to coat. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Roasted Corn Salad

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roast cornI love, love, LOVE oven roasted corn. No prep work, just throw it in a preheated oven and come back later. I find that 350 degrees for 35 minutes is perfect every time (for my oven).

cut cornAfter the corn is done cooking, pull off the husks and corn silk. Both come off very quickly and easily. Either cut the bottom of the cob off or break it off so that you can have a stable base to stand the cob up on. Stand the cob in a bowl (to catch the kernels) and use a small knife to cut the kernels off. Cut the kernels off all six cobs. …and try not to eat them as you go.

salad ingredientsWhile the corn is cooking and cooling, you can prep the rest of the ingredients. Dice the onion, slice the little tomatoes in half, and roughly chop the cilantro. Add them to the bowl and give it a good stir.

make dressingWhip up the quick dressing by stirring together the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper.

finish roasted corn saladPour the dressing over the salad and stir it all together. Taste the salad to see if you want more salt. The dressing is SUPER light, it just kind of holds all of the flavors together and adds moisture. The flavor continues to get better as it refrigerates, so stir it every time before it’s served.

Roasted Corn SaladSuper fresh for summer!


  1. Vanessa says:

    I made a smaller batch of this with leftover corn I made from your Southwest Spiced Corn recipe and the salad was phenomenal. Just in case you’re looking for a twist. :)

  2. Lauriebird says:

    I made this for a potluck and it was great! The vegans/vegetarians were appreciative:) One word of advice is to line the bottom of your oven with foil before roasting the ears of corn. Some liquid escaped a husk and now I’ve got a charred mess in my oven. Guess I’ll use this opportunity to clean the whole thing.

  3. This is definitely a favorite. :)

  4. PeeJay says:

    Awesome receipe and website……I made this last night and changed it up a tad bit. I roasted and added mushrooms, broccoli, diced carrots, & coconut milk. Let it cook in the oven for a while then topped with avocados. Turned out really good.

  5. Alaska says:

    I make this salad, but dice up an avocado in it. makes a nice summer salad.

  6. Robin says:

    I paired this with the Ooooh Enchiladas! and it was really good – a nice, fresh complement to the gooey, hot enchilada. I also loved the bright colors!

  7. I just want to THANK YOU for this recipe. It has been a staple topping for our fish taco nights for months. There is always some left, and I’m the lucky duck that gets to eat it straight-up out of bowl so there’s no leftovers. Yum!

  8. Becky says:

    Oh my gosh, this was wonderful!! I added a bag of frozen edamame that I had bought and forgot about, and it makes the perfect light lunch, and heck, it’ll be dinner tonight too!

  9. Dianeish says:

    I didnt really follow the quantities but I used the idea and this was fantastic.

  10. This recipe was delicious. I also included an avocado that I had on hand, and it really added to the flavor of the salad.

  11. I made a big batch of this. We had it with steaks one night, and then I’ve been shoveling it over salad greens with cheap rotisserie chicken pieces.

  12. White corn should still work fine :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    i could only find “white” corn? is this ok?

  14. Yep, ice is all it needs. If you’re not traveling far, you probably wouldn’t even need to pack it on ice. Very portable :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    i was thinking about taking this on a picnic — how should i pack it? or does it work so well that it just needs to be on ice

  16. Jenna says:

    I used chili powder instead of cumin. Best idea I’ve had all day, it was amazing!

  17. Anthea – They might get fairly dried out. You can just boil the cobs if you need to :)

  18. What happens if I put the corn in the oven without the husks? I bought them prepackaged.

  19. Dee Greene says:

    I made this for dinner tonight (half the veggies, as I’m only cooking for two), and mixed in a pound of cheese tortellini. It was a delicious entree! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Love corn… what great alternative to just serving it on the cob!

  21. Made this today with your shrimp and beans dish. Very tasty :) Thank you! Finding your blog was a gift :)

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  23. Made this tonight with quinoa and fresh lime juice instead of lemon. Amazing!

  24. I made this last night and it was absolutely fabulous. Corn is just coming into season now for us (I’m from Iowa) and I’ve always boiled, butter and salted it (which is awesome). This was a great alternative that I will definitely make again.

  25. I made this last night & it was a big hit. Thanks for the tip on roasting the corn in the oven.

  26. this salad looks great. roasted corn is the best. i must say i laughed a little bit at the price of your corn. 3 for $1 is pretty much the normal price for sweet corn in indiana. a sale is more like 5-6 for $1. this is grocery store corn, obviously, not farmer’s market corn which is a bit more… but both are still good. sweet corn is great!

  27. Amber – No need to soak them when using the oven. They heat slow enough that the husks don’t really have time to dry out (plus there is steam coming from the inside). A grill with open flame is a different story, though :P

    Gina – Excellent tip!!

    Cheap – OMG, yes, cheese sounds awesome in this!

    Marianne – I see a lot of people making a similar salad with fresh basil, although that is quite a bit more expensive than cilantro. Also, if you’re using basil, I would skill the cumin and just do salt and pepper for seasoning.

  28. Angela says:

    You’re really lucky, having corn so cheap. Here in the UK it’s about $3 for 2 in summer. It’s such a shame because it’s one of my favourite foods.

  29. what would be a good substitute for the cilantro, several in my family are allergic to it. I love it but cannot serve anything that has cilantro in it. Thank you!

  30. Outstanding. I have a version of this which I have made for a long time–although I do the corn raw in deference to my wife’s penchant for raw sweet corn. Also, I put in small cubes of mozzarella or crumbled feta for a little different flavor and texture.

  31. Gina Z says:

    Love your site! A Bundt cake pan works wonderfully for cutting corn off the ears. Just stick the fat end in the hole in the center of the cake pan and cut. Much easier to get all the corn off the bottom of the ears. We freeze so much sweet corn each year and this is by far the easiest (and safest) way. The cake pan holds the ear stationary and elevated, and the cut corn falls into the cake pan for easy collecting and pouring. Just keep in mind that not all cake pans are created equal. Some have larger center holes than others and the cob might slide through. I buy all the Bundt pans that I can find at rummage sales just so we have them for this purpose.

  32. Is it necessary to soak the corn cobs to avoid starting things on fire? I know when we do corn on the grill we always soak the whole bunch before we put them on. Didn’t know if it was the same in the oven….

  33. This is perfect for the season, love it!

  34. Love the sound of this!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Corn salad is the best! I nix the tomato in mine and swap it with edamame! A little more filling but super delicious.

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