Tex-Mex Grilled Sweet Corn & Tomato Salad Recipe

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grilled corn and tomato salad

I’ve made a fresh Tex-Mex Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad for you today, with Cinco de Mayo quickly coming up it seemed like just the thing. The sweet smokey taste of seasoned grilled corn is the star in this recipe.

During the warmer months, I cook fresh corn pretty regularly.  It is a nice change of pace from the starches widely available year round, and the Florida crops are available in markets right now.  I grew up eating my corn on the cob boiled, but prefer to grill it myself, either in husk or foil.  Grilling in husk adds a smokey element to the corn, which I generally prefer & doesn’t use up my foil.  I have also found that I don’t mind eating corn grilled in the husk not smothered in butter.  Basting it in seasoned oil before grilling gives it plenty of flavor for me, so that saves quite a few calories.

sweet corn

Corn de-silked with outer husk layers removed. Ready to be basted, re-covered by husks and grilled.

grilling corn in husk

Before & after the grill. Soaking corn in water before grilling will help it steam in the husk, but if you don’t … grilling takes a little longer, and the husks char, which brings a smokey taste to your corn on a gas grill.

grilled corn

My daughter on a sampling mission.

cutting corn from cob

Cutting corn off cob for salad.

This Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad makes a great side dish in itself, or a terrific component to your Tex-Mex style meal.  You will actually be seeing it appear here very soon as part of another recipe.  I find that the smokey sweet  flavor of the in-husk grilled corn pairs nicely with tomatoes, and the dressing zips it up a bit.

grilled corn salad

For even more great fresh corn recipes check out the Sunshine Sweet Corn webpage.

Tex-Mex Grilled Sweet Corn & Tomato Salad Recipe
Cuisine: Mexican, American
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Grilled corn and tomato salad. Perfect picnic or BBQ side dish. Also great used in or with other Tex-Mex dishes.
  • 3-4 ears of fresh corn in husk
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, (de-seeded & diced)
Corn Salad Dressing
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in small bowl and whisk together. (1/4 will be used to baste corn, ½ will dress the salad & ¼ is reserved for marinating an accompanying protein or just to drizzle)
  2. Preheat grill.
  3. Peel back the corn husks, discarding all but a couple inner layers. Remove corn silk, then baste with dressing, and recover corn with remaining husk. *
  4. Grill on med-high for 20-25 minutes, turning 3-4 times during cooking time.*
  5. Remove the corn from grill and allow to cool a few minutes, then cut off stem end, place the flat cut end on bottom of large bowl, and run a small sharp knife down the length of the cob, slicing off kernels.
  6. Add the tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and ½ the dressing. Mix well.
  7. Serve at room temp or chilled.
*if you prefer, soak ears of corn in water for about 10 minutes prior to husking and de-silking. The husks will char less, giving less smoked flavor and helping the corn steam (Grill on high for 15 minutes instead, if you go this way).


  1. says

    Mmmmmm – I love stuff like this, so I may actually make this for our next cook out because I think it will go over really well.

  2. says

    Salivating profusely is not a good look for me, but this salad looks, reads, and I’m sure tastes absolutely divine!

  3. says

    I’m so excited that it’s almost grilled corn season! It helps make our summer BBQs perfect.

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  5. says

    Corn is one of my favorite vegetables. I love mixing with my mashed potatoes.

  6. says

    That looks fabulous! We love sweet corn around here. I bought corn cobs for the first time in years today because until last year our daughter had braces and couldn’t eat corn on the cob – this week she’ll be really happy!

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