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!

overhead shot of grilled corn and zucchini salad

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.

overhead prep shot of grilled corn and zucchini salad in pyrex bowl

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.

cherry tomatoes on a plate with basil

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. 🙂

front view of grilled corn and zucchini salad in pyrex bowl

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:

Greek Three Bean Salad

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad

front angled view of grilled corn and zucchini salad in white bowl
Grilled zucchini and corn salad in a bowl with serving spoon.

Grilled Zucchini Corn Salad

Grilled Zucchini Corn Salad is packed with smoky grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes and the flavors of fresh basil and lime. It's an easy summer side dish that can be made entirely in advance!

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  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 large ears corn husks and silks removed; yields about 2 cups corn
  • 2 medium zucchini stemmed and sliced lengthwise into 1/4" thick slices
  • 1 red bell pepper sides cut from top to bottom, core discarded (or use 1/2 cup store bought roasted red bell pepper)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 green onions sliced thinly on the bias
  • 8 large basil leaves sliced into chiffonade or chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 limes juiced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the grill to medium high. Toss the corn, zucchini and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grill the corn for 10-15 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 tender and well charred. Remove from heat.
  • When cool enough to handle, place the corn on a cutting board one ear at a time on its 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, green onion and basil to the bowl, along with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, basil leaves, salt and pepper, to taste. Stir gently to combine and let stand 5-10 minutes so that the flavors can meld. Serve at room temperature or make in advance and serve cold. Enjoy!


  • Pro tip: Allow the grilled vegetables to cool slightly before chopping as they’re easier to handle, and the cooler temperature will prevent them from wilting the scallions and basil.
  • Don’t overcook your vegetables as you want them tender but not mushy. Get nice grill marks on them at medium high heat, then reduce the heat to medium as necessary.
  • Grill the zucchini, corn and bell pepper 1-2 days in advance to make this recipe go even more quickly. The entire salad can also be assembled up to a few hours ahead of time.
  • Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Serve cold or allow to come to room temperature before serving.


Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 431mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1041IU, Vitamin C: 53mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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