Avocado Corn Salad with fresh corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado and hint of lime is one of those summer salads that disappears fast at any gathering. It’s tasty and easy side dish!

We also love chickpea avocado salad and Mexican street corn salad.

Closeup of avocado corn salad garnished with green onions and black pepper.

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 have discovered with this avocado salad recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a perfect salad for a hot summer day.
  • It’s filling without heating up the kitchen.
  • So easy to make.
  • One bowl recipe – no need to make salad dressing separately.

Ingredients for Avocado Corn Salad

This ingredient list may be short but it doesn’t skimp on flavor.

Avocado, corn, tomatoes, cucumber, lime, oil, salt, pepper and green onion.
  • Corn: You can use fresh corn or frozen corn. Fresh corn is great during summer months but in winter I rely heavily on frozen organic corn. I would not recommend to use canned corn because your corn avocado salad just won’t taste the same.
  • Cucumber and tomatoes: Baby cucumbers and grape tomatoes 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. 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 onions.

How to Make Avocado Corn Salad

Step by step process how to make avocado corn salad.
  • Prep corn: Cook corn on the grill, Instant Pot, crock pot or microwave. Please see for detailed instructions below. Let it cool and then cut off kernels from the cob.
  • Combine all ingredients: To a large mixing bowl, add cooked corn, cucumber, tomato, diced avocado, green onion, lime zest and fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. No need to make dressing separately.
  • 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 avocado corn salad without it first and then add it in and give just a few stirs.

Recipe Tip

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

How to Cook Corn for the Salad

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: Pressure cook for 2 minutes under high pressure and corn is ready. To be honest, this is my favorite way to cook corn now. So easy!
  • Corn on the cob in crock pot: Add corn and 1 cup of cold water to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low heat for 5-6 hours or on High heat for 2-3 hours.
  • 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.
Avocado corn salad served on white plate. Linen napkin and lime water on a counter.

Serving Ideas

This salad is so refreshing, it goes with about anything! Here are my favorite proteins to pair it with any time of the year:

How to Store and Make Ahead

Store: You can refrigerate corn avocado salad leftovers for about 1 day. After that, juices from vegetables, fruit, and dressing will start to make the salad very watery.

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.

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 the salad.

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 an avocado corn salad?

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

Can I use frozen 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.

More Summer Salad Recipes

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Avocado corn salad on white plate with a fork.
Avocado corn salad in a white bowl with serving utensils.

Avocado Corn Salad

Avocado Corn Salad with fresh corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado and lime is one of those summer salads that disappears fast at any gathering.
4.96 from 47 votes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 202
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

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.

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Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.67cup | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is a refreshing salad and can be jazzed up in many ways to suit with different main meals, adding to it like black beans or and a Serrano pepper or cilantro, etc.
    It’s a wonderful meal, just love it!!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband wanted a quick salad for lunch, we are both working from home, so when I got off I made this in like 10 min! He loved it and so did I!

  3. 5 stars
    This may be my favorite recipe that I have tried from iFoodreal. It makes a bunch so after the first meal, I ate it myself for lunches and dinners for another two days. So delicious! I will be sharing this with everyone I know, especially my plant based diet friends.

  4. 5 stars
    I have been looking for something different and lighter..tried this ( looked so delicious) ..was not disappointed !!! This is going into my pot luck recipes, we love it.Thank You

  5. Hi Olena, I’ve eyed this for sometime & figured today is the day to finally make it since I have all the ingredients. I will be using frozen corn as that’s what I have on hand & read your comment on using frozen. As you know by now that your site/blog is my go-to for LOTS of delicious recipes – tested… tried & true!! Healthy. Healthy is good!! As the saying goes… “you are what you eat”!!
    I know it’s going to be good since everything I’ve made from your site has been to our liking… delicious!!
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    1. Aw, thank you for your kindness. I made this salad with frozen corn many winter nights. My Mother’s Day was delightful and hope yours was the same and enjoy the salad!!!

  6. First, this recipe looks amazing!! Hubby thinks so too…now the pressure is on. Question: should I grill the frozen corn before adding it to salad. Would it enhance the flavor greatly?

    1. Hi Sonya! Grilling does add a nice flavor, but you absolutely don’t have to. I think this salad tastes great even with microwaved corn!

  7. 5 stars
    I halved the recipe and it’s great. I cooked the corn on the cob in the microwave (5 minutes) and shaved off the kernels. The salad was great. Thanks.

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