Summer Corn Salad with Avocado

Summer corn salad is perfect for those hot summer days when you're in the mood for something light and refreshing. Use fresh sweet corn if you can, lightly steamed and cut off the cob.

Perfect for picnics & barbecues

Summer corn salad is perfect for those hot summer days when you want something light and refreshing. It goes perfectly with grillables or as a potluck dish.

I especially like summer corn salad with fresh herbs, especially cilantro and mint. But it also goes well with parsley and basil. In this version, I added baby arugula, but I often make a simpler version without arugula.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Fresh sweet corn – steam quickly and cut right off the cob
  • Ume plum vinegar, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil – whisk together for light dressing
  • Red bell pepper, baby tomatoes, avocado, scallions, baby arugula – toss gently with dressing
  • Fresh herbs (such as mint, parsley, or cilantro) – garnish

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Summer Corn Salad with Avocado

Summer Corn Salad with Avocado

  • Author: Rachel Zierzow
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan



Spring or filtered water

2 ears sweet corn (or 2 cups frozen corn, steamed)

1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar (or large pinch sea salt)

Juice of 1/2 small lemon (or lime)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1 cup baby tomatoes, sliced in half

1 large avocado, cubed

2 scallions, thinly sliced 

3 cups baby arugula

Handful fresh cilantro, basil, parsley, or mint (or a combination), chopped


Add about an inch of water to a large skillet or soup pot with a lid, add corn, place lid on, and bring up to a boil. When steam comes out from the sides of the lid, turn heat to low and steam for 2-3 minutes, turning corn once with tongs to cook evenly. Take corn out of the pan and let cool on a plate. When cool enough to handle, slice kernels off the cob.

In a large bowl, whisk together ume plum vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and a few grinds black pepper. Add steamed corn, bell pepper, avocado, and scallions. Gently toss together so dressing coats all of the vegetables. Gently fold in baby arugula and fresh herbs.

Serve immediately.


  • Substitute peeled, diced cucumber for the avocado
  • Substitute 1 cup drained, rinsed black beans and 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder for the baby arugula

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Other delicious summer salads to try

Baby Arugula Salad with Lemongrass-Mint Dressing

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Summer Nectarine Salad with Lemon-White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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