Colorful Corn Salad Recipe
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Colorful Corn Salad Recipe

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This colorful, tasty corn salad is an excellent way to perk up a summer picnic. The seasonings add a bold, refreshing Southwestern flavor that brings people back for seconds. It's nice to have a different kind of salad to share. -Helen Koedel, Hamilton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:16-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 16-18 servings


  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups diced green pepper
  • 2 cups diced sweet red pepper
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 60 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. In a microwave-safe dish, combine oil and garlic. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds. Cool. Whisk in lime juice. Pour over corn mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16-18 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Colorful Corn Salad in Taste of Home August/September 1999, p25

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Orangeblossom62 User ID: 8881133 249581
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"This salad looks beautiful. Would the seasoning hold if prepared in advance? How far in advance would be recommended?"

AfterAgnesDowner User ID: 7584816 239221
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"really good & different.

we go easy on cayenne pepper & hot sauce"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 226817
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"I have made this salad half a dozen times. A couple of times were because some folks requested I bring it to a gathering, having tasted it previously. I don't make any changes to the ingredients and I think it's fine as is. I see some reviewers add jalapenos--I guess that's an appropriate item to add if extra heat is desired. You could also add a bit of cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning as well. It makes a LOT as written which is great for large pot luck gatherings but I have also successfully halved the recipe for our immediate family ."

julzrulz9 User ID: 7093746 34030
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"Tasty salad! Next time I'll add a jalapeno and use cilantro, I just wanted to give it a try as is first and I wasn't disappointed. I'll definitely make this again, hopefully with fresh corn."

DebbieT User ID: 221944 25152
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Not bad. I added some jalapeños as well. I think I would reduce the cumin next time. I don't see shredded Parmesan cheese in the picture. Could it be grated Parmesan instead?"

Sandy Berg-Harrison User ID: 5821600 35306
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Have made this dish countless times over the years. I added cilantro and a diced jalapeño. Always a hit!"

kgrant59 User ID: 6248265 55438
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I have made this salad several times since seeing it in the magazine. It has always been a big hit as a salad or salsa with chips. I will make it again in a few weeks."

skreyno User ID: 3232207 29881
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"This is a favorite for our family. I serve it with BBQ or any smoked meats in the summer. I add jalapeno's to taste (3 or 4 for us, we like it spicy). I have used red onion instead of green and that works great too. Fresh grilled corn is delicious if you live in corn country. The secret is the dressing and it is fantastic!"

pmartens616 User ID: 1013620 50191
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"This is such delicious change of pace from the normal tossed salad or pasta salad on a buffet table. I took this to a church pot luck and it was one of the first dishes to be emptied. Everyone raved about the fresh flavor."

Sandy Berg-Harrison User ID: 5821600 27257
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"I have been making this side dish for years. Not a fan of celery so I added a diced jalepeno to kick it up a notch. Love it !"

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