Enjoy this simply delicious and quick Summer Corn Tomato Salad, a fresh and light side dish, perfect for summer BBQs and gatherings.

a serving bowl of summer corn tomatoe salad garnished with cilantro

Friends, thisSummer Corn Tomato Salad is one of my favorite summer salads!

Using fresh corn and fresh tomatoes, you can make ahead and serve for any meal!

deconstructed ingredients for corn tomato salad with jalapeno, cabbage, and cilantro

Summer Corn Tomato Salad

Of course fresh corn makes this recipe absolutely delicious. But you can also use frozen corn. Do not use canned corn, as it just wouldn’t have the freshness that this salad needs.

a bite of summer corn tomatoe salad (with a hunk of corn and cherry tomato)

Ingredients for Corn Tomato Salad

  • Fresh corn
  • Red cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Jalapeños
  • Mayonnaise
  • Limes
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

a bowl of summer corn tomatoe salad recipe

How to make summer corn salad

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add ears of corn to boiling water and boil 5 minutes, or you can grill the corn for a charred flavor. Either way, allow to cool, and then cut the corn off the cob.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients with the corn. Make the dressing. Lightly toss together and garnish with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro!
  3. Cover and chill until ready to serve! Delicious!

wood bowl with summer corn tomatoe salad

It’s the perfect light side dish for summer BBQs and small gatherings.

Plus, it’s great leftover!

corn tomatoe salad in a wood serving bowl garnished with cilantro

Summer MENU

I love how this salad pairs easily with anything!

Try these recipes for your next outdoor dinner!

Grilled Best Turkey Burgers Recipe

This tomato corn salad (recipe below)

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Forbidden Black Rice Salad

Classic Raspberry Crisp with golden raspberries


Southern Peach Cobbler

a serving bowl of summer corn tomatoe salad garnished with cilantro and cheese

Summer nights in the cornfields

I grew up spending many summer nights in my grandparents’ cornfields, and as a result, I have a deep appreciation for fresh corn.

Fresh from the farm, corn has the best juicy flavor, and it makes this recipe so extraordinary!

Grandma with hat on in corn fields holding a hoe

You might also want to try this corn queso dip that we enjoyed a few weeks ago!

Summer is about relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors!

Take off that apron (once you get the meal on the table), and even though our gatherings are smaller these days, it gives us more time to really connect one-on-one with the people around our table!

corn tomatoe salad garnished with cilantro

a serving bowl of summer corn tomatoe salad garnished with cilantro
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Summer Corn Tomato Salad


  • 9-10 ears corn, grilled or boiled (cut off the cob)
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cilantro, chopped
  • 4 oz Cotija cheese, crumbled, divided
  • 2 jalapeno, finely diced


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 limes, juiced, and zested
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • Salt and pepper


  • In a large pot, boil the ears of corn for 5 minutes (husks removed). For a charred flavor, rub the corn with mayonnaise and salt and pepper, and grill until charred. Either way, allow the cooked corn to cool; cut off the cob. Place in a large bowl.
  • Add to the corn the cherry tomatoes (optional to cut in half), chopped cabbage, cilantro, jalapeno, and 1 cup of cheese.
  • In a small bowl, make the dressing (mayonnaise, lime, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste). Zest each lime, and then juice them; add to the dressing. Mix together.
  • Pour the dressing over the corn mixture. Lightly toss.
  • Garnish with a few cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro. Cover and chill until ready to serve!
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close up summer corn tomatoe salad

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