Easy Southern Corn Salad in a green pottery bowl with fresh corn cobs in the background
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Easy Southern Corn Salad Recipe

Easy Southern Corn Salad only takes minutes to make and, because it's made without mayonnaise, it’s fresh, light and healthy. Coming in at only 155 calories per serving, this yummy corn salad is also full of vitamins and minerals. It's perfect to take to a potluck or to serve at a backyard barbecue or picnic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: corn salad recipes, recipe for southern corn salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 5 ears fresh corn
  • 1 small red onion minced
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Slice the bottom off the unshucked ears of corn and place them in the microwave, two at a time.*
  • Cook on high for 3 minutes. Let the corn cool slightly and, using a potholder or dish towel, squeeze at the top. The husk and silk will slip off. Set aside and repeat with the other ears of corn.
  • When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.
  • Combine the cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a medium-size bowl. Mix well. Add the onion and corn kernels and toss to combine.
  • Just before serving, add the basil and stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Leftovers keep well covered in the refrigerator for several days and are even better the next day.
*To cook the corn on the stove instead of the microwave, place the shucked corn into a large pot of boiling water over high heat. Cover the pot and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 4-6 minutes. Drain.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2000IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.8mg