fresh summer corn salad

Fresh Summer Corn Salad

A fresh summer corn salad made with corn, green pepper, onion, celery, and red kidney beans. It has a savory sweet mustard dressing.

This is such a beautiful summer salad for showing off your garden harvest. The colors of the kidney beans and corn show through nicely as the dressing is fairly transparent, but still adds a nice touch of flavor.

Although the dressing is on the savory side, the combination of mustard, sugar, and vinegar mellows when cooked. So, the resulting flavor of the dressing is not as strong or as sweet as you might think.

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On those hot summer days, sometimes a cold vegetable salad tastes better than a heavy meal. You can serve this with any type of meat like hamburgers, steaks, or chicken. It looks great on the dinner or brunch table .

For portion sizes, think of this corn salad as similar to cole slaw. Everyone will take a small serving, so even though I listed this as making 12 servings, it could stretch as far as serving 20-24 people.

Make this salad 3-4 hours before or make-ahead the night before.

You might also like this corn salad recipe. It is a bit different and has crushed corn chips.

Fresh Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Fresh Summer Corn Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1-12 ounce package frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small mild or sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped fine
  • 1-11 ounce can dark red kidney beans

  • Dressing

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon flour
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon prepared Dijon or brown mustard
  • ⅜ cup vinegar
  • ⅜ cup water
  1. Cook the corn per package directions. Cool, drain, and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Finely chop the pepper, onion, and celery. Add to the corn. Drain the kidney beans and add to the other vegetables and mix together.
  3. For the dressing, combine the sugar, flour, mustard, vinegar, and water in a medium saucepan. Cook until thick. Pour over the vegetables. Stir to combine.
  4. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight in a covered dish.
I used fresh garden corn for this recipe. If you use fresh corn, boil the cobs as you normally would, slightly cool the cobs and using a knife, whittle the kernels off the cob. Cool to room temperature and add to the recipe.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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