I don’t know about you but I think that summer is the best time to have corn, especially if its corn salad. This quick and easy recipe for summer corn salad with mayo is exactly the side dish you need in your next meal. Full of color and rich flavors - YUM! This salad is perfect for any occasion and can be made all year round if you use frozen corn or from a can.
Corn Salad Ingredients and dressing
The main ingredient of this salad is obviously corn. In addition to the corn, I added pickles, red bell pepper, and few leaves of parsley. The dressing for the salad is made with lemon juice, olive oil, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. The salad is a bit creamy thanks to the mayonnaise and the lemon juice gives it a sharp kick. That’s a perfect combination!
Usually, corn salads are made with raw onions, I don’t like it very much so I don’t add raw onions to my salads. If you love raw onions then go ahead and add them.
If you prefer cilantro over parsley you can also change or use both. I used lemon juice but lime juice works very well too in this recipe. Additional ingredients like cherry tomatoes, carrots, cheese, avocado, black beans or cooked pasta can also be added for extra flavor.
I kept the salad parve so it can fit any meal you have. It can be served as a side dish, a topping for tacos or burgers, and at picnics or other summer gatherings. If you want to change it to be dairy, add some crumbled feta or other cheese that you like.
Tips to make a delicious summer corn salad with mayo:
Use fresh ingredients
Whenever possible, use fresh corn on the cob instead of canned or frozen corn. Fresh corn will have a sweeter and crunchier taste, enhancing the overall flavor of the salad.
Roast or grill the corn
For added depth of flavor, consider roasting or grilling the corn before adding it to the salad. This step will give the corn a smoky and caramelized taste that complements the other ingredients.
To cut the parsley leaves, I used herb scissors. You can use a knife too but I find the scissors much easier and the leaves are the right size afterward.
Experiment with herbs and seasonings
Besides parsley or cilantro, you can try adding other herbs such as basil or mint to enhance the flavor of the salad. Additionally, seasonings like chili powder, cumin, or sweet paprika can provide a subtle kick.
Choose the right mayonnaise
Use a high-quality mayonnaise that you enjoy. You can also opt for light or vegan mayonnaise if you have dietary preferences or restrictions.
Customize to your taste
Feel free to customize the salad based on your preferences. If you like spicy food, add diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce. If you prefer a creamier texture, add more mayo. I added just one tablespoon but more mayo will make this salad richer. Don't be afraid to experiment and make it your own!
Make a big salad
The recipe yields a small salad, however, if you have a big family or guests are stopping by and need a bigger portion, then be sure to double or triple the ingredients.
Yes, you can use frozen or canned corn for corn salad with mayo if fresh corn is not available. Just make sure to cook the frozen or canned corn according to the package instructions and let it cool before mixing it with the other ingredients.
Yes, corn salad with mayo can be made gluten-free by ensuring that all the ingredients used are gluten-free. Most mayonnaise brands are gluten-free, but it's always a good idea to double-check the label. Additionally, avoid adding ingredients like croutons or pasta.
Corn salad with mayo can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to keep it chilled and discard any leftovers that have been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Other summer salads you should try:
Make this corn salad today!
Summer corn salad with mayo is a refreshing and versatile dish that combines the natural sweetness of corn with the creamy richness of mayonnaise. Its easy and quick to make and it is a popular choice for summer gatherings and picnics. The salad has a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Customizable to your taste, this salad can be enjoyed as a side dish, a topping, or on its own. With its vibrant colors and delightful taste, corn salad with mayo is sure to please both corn and mayo lovers alike.
Easy Corn Salad
- 2 cups corn kernels
- 2 small pickles
- 1 red bell pepper
- Few leaves of parsley
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper by your taste
- Cut the pickles and red bell pepper to small cubes.
- With herb scissors, cut the parsley leaves.
- Add the parsley, red bell pepper, and pickles to a bowl.
- Add the corn kernels.
- In a small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients.
- Pour the dressing on the salad.
- Serve and enjoy!