Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad
Zucchini Corn Salad is a delicious salad packed with summer veggies, fresh basil and lime! It’s easy to make and comes together in under 30 mintues!
Let’s just get one thing straight…I made this zucchini corn salad with basil and lime on a whim without the intention of posting it here. I thought “it’s too simple” and “it’s not blog-worthy”.
I’m guilty of overthinking things when it comes to what I post here, and I didn’t do that at all with this salad.
Needless to say, I felt a little funny about posting it.
Before this salad entered my mind I was out in my garden plucking gorgeous bright red and sunburst cherry tomatoes, a deep green jalapeño, and what seemed like a bushel of basil.
Next, I took some photos of my garden bounty to share on my Instagram stories.
From there, I decided that I needed to make something with the corn, zucchini, and red bell pepper that I had hanging around.
I turned on my grill because that’s always where my mind almost always goes with these ingredients.
I grilled, chopped, and tossed everything in the bowl, and it looked pretty to me, so I snapped some more pictures for IG. I thought maybe… just maybe…this salad might actually be blog worthy as-is.
So I snapped a couple more photos in a “just in case”.
When I tossed everything together and took a bite, I knew I had something special and it needed to be shared. It was like a summer smorgasbord of flavor! When you have produce this fresh…this good….it doesn’t need much to blow your mind.
So I snapped even more photos and wrote down my recipe. 🙂
When my husband got home and saw what was left of this grilled corn and zucchini salad, he asked me “what’s this? is it any good?” I just smiled and told him what was in it. He ate half of it, and the next day he finished it.
So yeah, it was good. And I only got 1/4 of it at best.
That’s ok, because it’s so easy to make. You don’t even need to make a dressing — just squeeze a couple of limes, give it a few glugs of olive oil, and a handful of fresh basil and it’s go time.
This Basil Lime Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad is completely delicious. The smoky taste of the charred corn and zucchini with the fresh veggies, basil, and pop of lime is summer in a bowl.
Here’s to recipes that are so easy and outrageously delicious. 🙂
More summer salads you’ll love:
Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad
Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Panzanella Salad
Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 2 large ears corn husks and silks removed
- 2 medium zucchini stemmed and sliced lengthwise into 4 long pieces
- 1 red bell pepper sides cut from top to bottom, core discarded (or use 1/2 cup store bought roasted red bell pepper)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/4 red onion chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped (optional)
- 2 limes juiced
- 8 large basil leaves sliced into chiffonade (about 1/3 cup)
- Preheat the grill to medium high. Toss the corn and zucchini with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Grill the corn for about 15 minutes, turning every 3 minutes or until well charred on each side. Grill the bell pepper skin side down for 6-10 minutes or until skin is blackened. Grill the zucchini for 3-4 minutes per side or until softened and well charred. Remove from heat.
- When cool enough to handle, place the corn on a cutting board one ear at a time, and place on it’s side. Using a sharp knife, cut the kernels from the top down on one side, then turn and continue until all of the kernels have been removed. Place the corn in a large bowl.
- Remove the blackened skin from the bell pepper and chop coarsely, then chop the zucchini and add to the bowl with the corn.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, basil leaves, salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until combined, taste, and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Serve at room temperature or make in advance and serve cold. Enjoy!
- The charred vegetables may be made in advance.
- Salad keeps well for 2-3 days and makes great leftovers!
- Substitute any of the vegetables I’ve used with your favorites.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
36 Comments on “Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad”
Sometimes simple really is the best! This is such a gorgeous salad, Marcie! I love corn salad, so the addition of basil and zucchini sounds so flavorful! And I’m loving that you grilled the corn and zucchini too, such a perfect touch!
Thanks so much Gayle! I’ve been eating so much corn right off the cob and finally made something with it instead. 🙂
I’m so glad you posted this! I picked up some amazing corn the other day and I want to do something more with it than eat it plain–this salad is perfect! Have a great week, Marcie!
Thanks so much Kelsie!
Well I for one am THRILLED you posted this Marcie! This salad is like the epitome of summer and EXACTLY what I like eating during these months! It’s bright, colorful, super fresh and celebrates summers bounty. It’s just PERFECT! I could totally eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner on repeat! Yum yum yuuuummmmm! Cheers, friend!
I really do love salads like this because they’re great with any kind of grilled meat, tacos, or whatever! I’m glad you share my sentiments and I hope you have a wonderful week friend! 🙂
It was definitely a good idea to snap a few photos of this salad because it looks like summer perfection! Grilled corn makes pretty much anything a winner in book, haha. But combining it with basil and lime and all of that other goodness sounds incredible. I’m in love with this recipe!
Thank you so much Sarah! I truly can’t get enough grilled corn. 🙂
Looks like summer on a plate Marcie, simple is always better and you can never go wrong with these flavors.
I agree completely — thanks Cheri!
This salad looks delicious! I love charred corn and the basil has my heart 🙂
Thank you Medha! I have so much basil in the garden right now and I’m loving it. 🙂
Love simple recipes that you don’t have to plan out. This pretty salad has everything I love! Wishing I had it for lunch today!
Thanks Kelly! My first batch went way too fast so I’m making more tomorrow. 🙂
This charred corn and zucchini salad looks so refreshing and delicious. Love how pretty, summer-y and refreshing this is. I am sure it tastes divine.
Thank you Anu!
This is my kind of salad! I’ve been making corn almost every day for the last week. Can’t wait to try this!
I’ve been making so much corn too — it’s one of my favorite parts of summer! 🙂
I tend to overthink recipes for my site too … I can be a wee bit obsessive about things haha But I am so glad you decided to share this salad! It sounds perfect and has so many of my very favorites for summer!!
Isn’t it crazy when you’re obsessive about what you post and the simple recipes do often times do better? It happens all the time and you’d think I’d learn by now. haha Thanks Ashley! 🙂
I am guilty of overthinking recipes too! I’m so glad you decided to share!! The charred corn is such a nice touch, and I have so much basil and zucchini that this salad is calling my name!
Why do we bloggers do that ourselves? I’m going to try to just go with the flow more often! This sounds like the perfect way to use up that basil and zucchini!
How delightfully fresh an vibrant. Sure it’s yummy and perfect for this summer.
Thank you Balvinder!
It’s always the simplest recipes like this one that end up being the best. When you start with fresh seasonal produce, it doesn’t take much to make it shine! I love that you kept the dressing super simple on this salad and grilled the veggies for extra flavor!
It’s so true and a simple dressing is really all that’s needed most of the time. The smokiness of the grilled vegetables definitely gave this salad great flavor too!
what a wonderful use of all fresh produce Marcie, I love it!
Thank you Manali!
It’s so funny how we often think THEBEST recipes are not blog-worthy…every time I post one that I feel is too simple or boring, it seems to go crazy! I think that’s what people are ultimately looking for…sure, the unique and gooey recipes get plenty of attention, but folks truly make salads like this on the reg. Case in point: I LOVE this salad and would definitely make it time and again!! So vibrant and flavorful!
True about the salad thing…everybody wants to change up their daily salad routine and simple is best! Thanks Julia and I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂
I have such a huge weakness for charred corn…I could live on it! Thank you Juliana! 🙂
Thank you Anna and this is just perfect for those summer tomatoes! 🙂
This is a truly awesome combination of ingredients! I love nutrient-dense salads!
Thank you Agness!
We loved this salad. I added 2 ripe chopped avocados as well. It was delish! Thanks.
I’m so glad to hear that you loved the salad and avocado was a brilliant addition — I can’t wait to try that! Thank you for leaving your feedback Laura. 🙂