Corn Salsa is a favorite summer appetizer recipe. This sweet and spicy easy recipe is made with fresh grilled corn and loads of tasty fresh ingredients.
Fresh sweet corn is something most people love about summer.
Making Corn Salsa is a delicious way to enjoy fresh sweet corn too.
Combined with other wholesome fresh ingredients it is a perfect dip or relish for cooked meats.
This easy Corn Salsa recipe takes summer eating up a notch with grilled corn as the center star!
Corn Salsa with Grilled Sweet Corn
Corn Salsa not only screams summer with its sweet flavor from the corn.
It is a wonderful chance to use an assortment of ripe heirloom tomatoes too.
I love to add a mixed color cup of tomatoes to give it an exciting look.
With all the other traditional ingredients of a regular salsa corn salsa is a sweet and spicy summer dip.
Corn Salsa Ingredients
Everything in this corn salsa is fresh and colorful. It’s perfect for summer meals and parties!
- Kosher Salt
- Sweet Corn
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Red Onion
- Fresh Cilantro
- Serrano Chile Pepper
- Jalapeño Chile Pepper
- juice from one Lime
Favorite Way to Grill Sweet Corn
One of my favorite ways to enjoy summer corn is to grill it.
There are many ways to grill corn but I love the results when..
- Boiling it briefly, then
- Putting it on a piping hot grill to rotate it for just a few minutes
This causes the kernels to blister, the sugars to caramelize and deliver all the sweetness the corn has to offer.
I use the same method in my Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote) recipe which is a summer favorite in our house.
Pro Tip: How to Easily Remove Corn from the Cob
The one tricky thing about corn is trying to remove the kernels from the cob.
Kitchen knives have to be very sharp. Even still it risks bodily harm or taking chunks of the cob along with the plump kernels.
Is discovered a life-changing gadget for this very purpose: a corn zipper.
One swipe of the zipper down the corn cob and full kernels drop to the plate with no effort whatsoever.
It’s made me much more adventurous when making summer recipes for corn off the cob. It’s now on my top 5 ‘must have’ kitchen tools!
How to Make Corn Salsa – Step by Step
For a detailed printable recipe, refer to the recipe card at the end of the blog post.
- Bring a pot of water to boil while heating the grill to 400 degrees.
- Cook the corn for 5 minutes, remove, drain and pat dry.
- Brush the corn with olive oil and place on the clean, oiled grill.
- Turn every 30 seconds allowing browned spots to form. NOTE: total grill time is 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the corn and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Remove the corn kernels with a sharp knife or corn zipper and place in a medium-size bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and toss to fully mix.
- Salt to taste before serving.
Make it a Meal
To create a whole summer meal consider making:
- Fast and Easy Coleslaw Recipe
- Grilled Caprese Pizza
- Fresh Peach Margarita and Fresh Peach Spritzer (non-alcoholic)
- Strawberry Jam Panna Cotta
Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa Recipe
Sweet-and-Spicy Corn Salsa is full of fresh summer ingredients. Grilled corn is a delicious addition to this dip or relish for grilled meats.
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt plus more to season at the end
- 4 ears Sweet Corn Husked, scrubbed to remove the silks
- 1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 cup Chopped Fresh Tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Chopped Red Onion
- 1 small Ripe Avocado Peeled, pitted and chopped
- 2 tablespoons Minced Fresh Cilantro
- 1 Serrano Pepper Stem and seeds removed, diced
- 1 Jalapeño Stem and seeds removed, diced
- juice from one Lime
Fill a large pot of water, add 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a rolling boil. While the water is heating, heat the grill to 400°F. When it reaches 400°F, clean and oil the grill.
Place the corn into the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove with tongs, allow excess water to drain back into the pot and pat with paper towels to dry.
Lightly brush the corn with the olive oil and place on the grill, turning every 30 seconds to a minute, allowing browned spots to form. Total grilling time will be 2-3 minutes.
Remove corn from the grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Remove the corn kernels from the cob with a sharp knife and place into a medium-size mixing bowl.
Add the tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cilantro, serrano, jalapeño, and lime juice, and toss to combine. May be served immediately or covered and refrigerated for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Salt to taste prior to serving.
Originally published: July 23, 2016