Looking for ways to use up that sweet summer corn? Look no further! This simple Mexican Corn Salad hits all the right notes: lots of veggies, black bean for protein, and a nice citrusy dressing; it’s the perfect light Mexican side dish, taco filling, or appetizer with chips for all your summer cookouts, BBQs, or potlucks.
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For Easter we had a (not so traditional) taco bar with fajita veggies and this easy to make Mexican Corn Salad! It’s always a hit – young and old. Vegan, meat eater, gluten-free, everyone loves it! And, I’ve made this salad many times since then, it’s perfect as a Mexican side dish or a side dish for taco night.
Taco Bar Menu
When we host Easter we always do a taco bar.
Here’s my detailed menu for when we have about 40 people coming.
And, if you’re hosting a taco bar party of any kind, here are my tips and tricks with links to tons of great recipes!
Dan grilled up a big ol’ mess of fajita veggies and carne asada. We had rice and beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, tortillas. Tons of yummy stuff!
And, I thought it was really wonderful that all of the family got into the Mexican theme as well. Teri even made guacamole deviled eggs! They were so yummy!
One of the things I made for the Easter Taco Bar was this easy to make Mexican Corn Salad.
I really like the bright light salad at the Easter table. It was great on my tacos.
I loved dipping chips into it and eating it like a dip. It could be a salsa or a salad.
Variations on the recipe
Super flexible. Serve it how you’d like. If you had fresh summer corn on the cob, you could grill that and cut the kernels off the cob for a fun smokey taste to your salad.
No black beans at home? Switch ’em out for kidney beans or white beans.
Don’t like zucchini, use cucumbers, or just leave them out.
Want to add some avocado? Yum!
Well, I think you get the idea.
Fits lots of different diets
And, it fits with lots of different eating requirements. It’s vegan, vegetarian, colorful, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, filled with veggies, good for you, and super yummy!
I didn’t really count how many servings it made because it was on the table for anyone to eat, so I’ve guesstimated it in the recipe.
Tostada with Mexican Corn Salad
You can make this corn salad into a delicious corn salad tostada .
“Traditional” Easter taco bar with Mexican Corn Salad
I hope your Easter was great! Have you ever tried a non-traditional holiday gathering like this?
How did it go? I’d love to hear your stories!
The lime dressing can be used on other salads as well. It’s easy to make and delicious with a bright citrus flavor.
Can this be made ahead?
Absolutely this can be made ahead! It’s the perfect summer salad for parties because it’s easy to make, pop it in the fridge, and take it out when you’re ready to serve.
I like to make the dressing in a little mason jar and give it a good shake right before tossing it into the salad.
Be aware that some oils, especially olive oil can solidify in the fridge. If your dressing does solidify, simply leave it on the counter a bit to come to room temperature. If you want to read more about oils solidifying in the fridge, hop over to my Chimichurri recipe and take a gander at the info there.
And, I’ll typically make the salad and store it separately from the dressing so the veggies don’t get too soggy from marinating in the dressing.
Other recipes that are perfect for a potluck or summer BBQ
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Mexican Corn Salad Recipe
Mexican Corn Salad
- 3 cups frozen corn defrosted
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup red onion chopped
- 1 can 15 ounce black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium zucchini chopped
- large handful fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or light tasting oil of your choice
- juice of 2 limes
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt more or less to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Place veggies in a large serving bowl, and lightly toss to combine. Toss in chopped cilantro.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together or shake in a tightly sealed jar. Adjust the seasonings to taste, and add the dressing to the veggie mixture. Lightly toss to coat. Enjoy!