Celebration Corn Salad

Celebration Corn Salad


We all know that we need to eat more vegetables, and this salad is a great way to entice even the most picky eater to eat some veggies! There’s something about corn that is universally cherished – the sweetness, crunchiness and richness of this grain just begs for the compliment of a little saltiness to round it all out.

55 min
6 Servings


ears of local corn (husked and kernels removed; or 3 cups frozen corn, defrosted)
1 can
black beans (15 oz. can; rinsed and drained)
1 cup
Big Island tomatoes (large diced)
1/2 cup
green bell pepper (diced)
1/4 cup
red onion (diced)
1/2 cup
black olives (sliced)
2 Tbsp
fresh cilantro (chopped)
1 cup
feta cheese (crumbled)
olive oil (to drizzle)
salt (to taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 Tbsp
fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp
fresh orange juice
1 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 clove
garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp
light or dark brown sugar
whole cilantro leaves (for garnish)
Prep Time:
55 min
Total Time:
55 min


To add a really big flavor punch to this salad dish, char the corn in a large skillet heated to high heat, continuing to stir occasionally. When the kernels start to brown, remove skillet from the heat and reserve to the side so they can cool.

Whisk the dressing ingredients (lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, paprika, basil, garlic, brown sugar) together in a small bowl.  When the corn has cooled down, combine corn, black beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, black olive, and the cilantro in a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing and additional olive oil. Gently fold in the feta cheese, and sprinkle salad with salt & pepper to taste. Ganish with whole cilantro leaves.

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Chef Michi Watarai