Basil Corn Salad

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It’s a simple little recipe, for a simple little salad……..Basil Corn Salad!

Sweet corn season is upon us, albeit a short season… in this bloggers opinion it is the best season!

Basil Corn Salad
Corn has been a favorite since I was a kid. I never cared if it was fresh, frozen, canned……..boiled, creamed, or just heated with some butter. I would eat it with any meal. Heck ,when I was a kid I would eat it straight from the can……my secret is out…….

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Fresh corn on the cob, dripping with butter and salt……nothing can compare. It’s a simple summer pleasure.

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But, what do you do with the left over…..assuming you have any……corn? If you have no leftovers just cook some up…….

cornYou cut it off the cob and mix it with some beautiful red onions. Red onions color and taste are the perfect complement to the bright yellow corn.


Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sugar and a pinch of salt make a light dressing, that gives a little burst of background flavor.

BasilFor the grand finale…….basil! Fresh basil with it’s subtle peppery flavor that evolves into a slightly sweet anise flavor is a great way to complement the salad and makes the corn burst with flavor.

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Basil Corn Salad is a taste of summer!!!!

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Basil Corn Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 5 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips


  1. Place unhusked corn in microwave and cook for 6-8 minutes. When the corn is cool, enough to handle, husk and cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.
  2. Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar salt, and pepper. Pour over corn mixture and toss. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Serve cold or at room temperature.


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