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Easy Corn Salad Recipe

Flavorful and bright, this Easy Corn Salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Made with fuss-free frozen corn, this salad can be enjoyed all season long.

Easy corn salad recipe with frozen corn

This quick and easy corn salad recipe is a favorite in our home. It is a lightly sauteed side dish that often steals center stage.

It is just as enjoyable served with burgers as it is with quinoa or curry. It is a versatile dish that is tasty served cold or warm – which makes this an ideal all-season corn salad recipe!

ingredients to make corn salad laid on a cutting board boarded with cilantro and parsley

What are the ingredients needed to make this easy corn salad?

This recipe calls for only 9 ingredients, which are:

  1. red onion,
  2. garlic,
  3. frozen corn,
  4. tomatoes, 
  5. jalapeno,
  6. lime,
  7. za’atar,
  8. fresh parsley, &
  9. fresh cilantro.

A light dash of salt and pepper enhances all the elements of this salad.

Sauteing the ingredients together for the best corn salad recipe

How do you make this easy corn salad?

To make this dish, I lightly sauteed some fresh onion and garlic.

Then I added in the frozen corn, tomatoes, jalapeno, lime, za’atar, fresh parsley, and fresh cilantro and sauteed this until the corn was warmed through. After that, it was just a matter of seasoning with salt and pepper to taste and digging in.

While I used a bag of frozen corn in this dish, you can also take advantage of the fresh corn in season and use that instead. If you use fresh corn kernels, it will take 10-12 minutes for the corn to cook until tender.

You could also use grilled fresh corn in this Easy Corn Saladrecipe. You would simply saute the onion and garlic and add in the grilled corn. Then toss in the other ingredients, toss the whole mixture, and boom – it’s ready.

If you are planning on using canned corn instead of fresh or frozen, then simply drain and rinse the canned corn and add it to the dish after the onion and garlic have sauteed. You would toss it around with the other ingredients for about a minute or so, while on the stovetop, and then it is ready to enjoy!

What is za’atar?

If you have not used za’atar before, it is a Middle Eastern herb with a unique flavor. To me, it tastes like a combination of oregano, cumin, lemon, sage, and marjoram – all at the same time.

Here in States, it is available at most grocery stores in a powder combined with sesame seeds, sumac, and other herbs and spices. I have found za’atar at Kroger and Walmart stores around Atlanta.

My daughter loves to add a pinch of za’atar to this roti recipe. And I love adding it to dishes like this chicken one, these roasted veggies, and even this cacio e pepe! I love adding it to flavor my dishes because, like most of the spices I use, it adds so much flavor while keeping a dish healthy.

Za’atar adds such a delightful spin to this Easy Corn Salad – and so many layers of flavor as well.

The tastiesT best all season salad recipe

What to serve with this salad?

This easy corn salad would be a delicious addition to a summer BBQ featuring some beet and been burgers and all the fixings.

It would also be a delicious side dish along with this chickpea salad at a formal dinner featuring this stuffed squash or this rollatini.

It is also perfect as a side dish to take on a picnic with these veggie stuffed buns and/or these chicken stuffed ones.

Easy corn salad recipe with frozen corn

Easy Corn Salad Recipe

4.63 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Flavorful and bright, this Easy Corn Salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Made with fuss-free frozen corn, this salad can be enjoyed all season long.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 12 oz pkg frozen corn
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 tsp zataar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • First off, peel the onion and garlic. Discard the peel and chop up the onion and garlic.
  • Add chopped garlic and onion to a pan with the olive oil and saute over a medium flame/heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • While this sautes, rinse, dry, and chop up a batch of fresh cilantro and fresh parsley until you have approx. two teaspoons of each.
  • Rinse and chop up the jalapeno. If you would like this salad a bit spicy, leave in all the jalapeno seeds. However, if you want this to be mild, then discard the seeds of the jalapeno and use only the green parts.
  • Also, rinse and chop the tomatoes.
  • Add the parsley, cilantro, frozen corn, tomatoes, jalapeno, za’atar, to the onion and garlic and saute until corn is warmed through (2-3 minutes).
  • Stir the mixture well and add in the juice of 1/2 a lime.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


*If using grilled fresh corn, saute the onion and garlic and then remove from heat. Add in the grilled corn and all the other ingredients. Stir and serve.
**If using canned corn, follow the same steps as the frozen corn, only, canned corn would heat through in about a minute or two. Just make sure to drain and rinse the canned corn well before adding it to this salad.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 84mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g
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  1. Such a nice, summery dish. Love corn salad, and this one has loads of terrific flavor and colors. Thanks!

  2. This scream SUMMER out loud. I love the combo of flavours and colours…perfect for the garden bbq!

  3. Oh yum! Such a wonderful use for frozen corn. All those flavors sound absolutely amazing, especially with the addition of the za’atar.

  4. This is such a great way to use up some fresh summer corn! An easy to make, delicious summer recipe!

  5. Super simple, and mega flavorful! The addition of jalapeño gives it just the right amount of spice!

  6. We loved the addition of Za’taar to this corn salad. It gives it such a different flavor. Thanks for a delicious salad!

  7. Beautiful combination of textures and flavours; such a vibrant and delicious salad! I can easily enjoy this as a main course, perhaps with some crusty bread!

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