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Fresh Avocado Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

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Olena Osipov
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Avocado Corn Salad with fresh corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado and hint of lime dressing is one of those summer salad recipes that disappears fast at any gathering. It’s tasty, refreshing and easy!

This colorful salad is one of our favorites along with shrimp avocado salad, healthy cobb salad and avocado egg salad.

Avocado corn salad with lime dressing served on a plate.

This avocado corn salad is delicious, refreshing, has a hint of lime in every bite and is absolutely fantastic without cilantro but rather with green onion. Naked truth I discovered with simple avocado salad.

It’s a perfect salad for a hot summer day, only akin to this marinade for grilled vegetables, which is on repeat, too!

I have been dreaming to make a fresh corn avocado salad for years. I just didn’t know how to cook corn. When I was little in Ukraine, we boiled corn but never did we grill it and then cut off the cob.

Once I learned how to make Instant Pot corn on the cob, though, there was no turning back!

Now we make fancy Mexican street corn salad and garlic chicken and corn. Fresh and flavorful, sweet corn just screams summertime when used in summer salads or alongside healthy burger recipes.

Avocado corn salad cucumbers and tomatoes in a white bowl with serving utensils.

Ingredients in Avocado Corn Salad

This ingredient list may be short, but it doesn’t skimp on flavor! Each bite of corn avocado tomato salad is so flavorful from the freshness of each vegetable or fruit.

  • Corn: You can use fresh or frozen corn. Fresh corn is great during summer months but in winter I rely heavily on a giant bag of frozen organic corn from Costco for $12. I would not recommend to use canned corn though, it is not same taste.
  • Cucumber and tomatoes: Baby cucumbers and grape or cherry tomatoes look pretty, are often more tasty than many large ones and affordable during summer months. But English cucumber and regular tomatoes chopped into same size smaller pieces work just as well.
  • Avocado: When picking avocado, look for brown skin fruit that is firm but gives in to the touch. Amazing creaminess! I would not use frozen avocado, though.
  • Lime juice and zest, green onion, olive oil, salt and pepper is a simple corn avocado salad dressing. Red onion is an excellent ingredient swap if you are out of green onion!
Avocado, corn, tomatoes, cucumber, lime, oil, salt, pepper and green onion.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

There are many ways to cook corn for this salad, use whichever method you prefer!

  • Grill: Grill corn without the husk on medium heat for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so.
  • Instant Pot corn on the cob: 2 minutes under high pressure and corn is ready. To be honest, this is my favorite way to cook corn now. So easy!
  • Microwave: Lovely reader, Connie, suggested to microwave corn. Thank you! Cut off the end, put in the microwave with the husk still on and cook for 4 minutes. After you can pick it up by the end and it will slide out of the husk.

Growing up, we rubbed ear of steaming corn with butter and it melted in front of our eyes. Then we sprinkled corn with salt and sank teeth into it, burning our little mouths.

These days I prefer my corn in this corn avocado salad!

Corn on the cob grilled and cooked in Instant Pot side by side.

How to Make This Good Salad

This corn and avocado salad it so refreshing and goes with just about anything!

Cutting corn kernels off of corn on the cob with a knife.

Prep corn: Cook corn as per one of three methods listed above either on grill, Instant Pot or microwave. Let it cool and then cut off kernels from the cob. If you would like to use frozen corn, place it in a colander into a bowl with hot water for a few minutes and then drain thoroughly.

Diced avocado, tomato, cucumber and corn in glass bowl.

Combine all ingredients: To a medium salad bowl, add cooked corn, cucumber, tomato, diced avocado (learn how to cut an avocado), green onion, lime zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. No need to make dressing separately.

Stirring avocado corn salad ingredients with a spoon in a bowl.

Stir gently: Avocado is a delicate fruit. So stir gently to avoid turning it into a mush. If your avocado is very soft, I recommend to stir salad without it first and then add it in and give just a few stirs.

Salad can be served immediately or you can chill it in the fridge until serving to let flavors combine.

FAQs

Can I mix the dressing separately and then pour over salad?

Sure! I prefer not to dirty another bowl, but you can whisk it together in a small jar or bowl then pour desired amount over avocado corn salad recipe.

Do I have to cook the corn?

Technically, no. You can use raw corn, it is both safe and delicious. Raw corn can be harder to digest though, and when it is cooked it both softens and starts the breakdown process, which may help aid digestion.

What proteins would be good mixed into this salad?

Instant Pot chickpeas would be delicious as well as leftover grilled chicken breast.

Can I Substitute Frozen Corn for Fresh Corn?

Yes! This is a great choice for a year round avocado corn salad.

To use frozen corn, thaw first in warm water, then drain in a colander. Proceed with recipe as directed.

How to Serve Avocado Corn Salad

Here are my favorite clean proteins to pair salad with any time of the year:

If it is summer and you are grilling, try grilled shrimp skewers or cedar plank salmon and serve with fresh tortilla chips on the side to dip this salad into!

How to Store

This salad is so refreshingly addictive, I doubt it lasts past day one!

To Store: Corn avocado salad leftovers keep refrigerated for about one day. After that, juices from vegetables, fruit, and dressing will start to make the salad very watery.

To Make Ahead: Add all ingredients, except avocado, to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Add diced avocado and stir right before serving.

More Summer Salad Recipes

Looking for more ideas? Check out most popular healthy salad recipes and enjoy!

Avocado corn salad with lime dressing on white plate with a fork
Fresh Avocado Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

Fresh Avocado Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

Avocado Corn Salad with fresh corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado and hint of lime dressing is one of those summer salad recipes that disappears fast at any gathering.
4.95 from 40 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 ears of corn 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 lb mini cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber sliced
  • 1 lb grape/cherry tomatoes cut in halves or regular size, chopped
  • 3 medium-large avocados cubed
  • 3 green onion sprigs finely chopped
  • 1 lime zest and juice of
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To cook corn:
    °Grill: Remove corn from the husk and grill on medium heat for 20 mins or so, turning every 5 mins.
    °Instant Pot corn on the cob – so easy!!!
    °Microwave: Remove the end and microwave with husk on for 4 minutes. After you can pick it up by the end and it will slide out of the husk.
    °Frozen corn: Place in a colander into a bowl with hot water for a few minutes and then drain thoroughly.
  • To remove cooked corn kernels off the cob, hold cob vertically with narrow tip down on a cutting board and using a chef’s knife cut them off in “stripes”.
  • In a large salad bowl, add corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado, green onion, lime zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Stir gently and serve cold with baked salmon in foil or baked chicken breast.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 1 day.

    Make Ahead: Add all ingredients, except avocado, to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Add diced avocado and stir right before serving.

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      Nutrition

      Serving: 0.67cup | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g

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      1. Instead of olive oil I used a light drizzle of a balsamic reduction..this is the best thing I’ve had I awhile…it is so good…

        1. So happy to hear you enjoyed this corn avocado salad. I’m still waiting for hot summer days. It’s hot spring days on Vancouver island lol.

      2. If you are making this salad the night before, do you suggest waiting to put the avocado in right before serving so it stays green? I

      3. 5 stars
        This was perfect. Paired this with the ginger lime salmon. We had left overs the next day. Added arugula and black beans. I was so impressed

      4. 5 stars
        I love this salad because it is so simple and easy to make and economical too. And we made corn in the microwave too just like that and it was good. Cannot wait to make this salad. I have a zillion of others on Pinterest but they are probably not as healthy as yours.

        1. 🙂 Probably they are not. You are right. Or not as simple. Somehow humans like to complicate things more than they are. Sorry but true lol.

      5. Have you tried it in the microwave? Cut off the end that connects to the stalk part. Put it in the microwave with the husk still on and everything. Just chop and throw it in. 4 minutes cook time and then you can pick it up by the end and it will slide out of the husk. No strings. There are many videos on this if my instructions are confusing.
        Your salad looks amazing but more than the recipes, I love reading your blog. I love hearing your stories. You are a talented writer.

        1. Aw, thank you, Connie. I will try to keep my coffee dates and life updates regular.:)
          I do not own a microwave but who knows what future holds lol, so I will definitely save your cooking method.

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