Napa Sweet Corn Salad Recipe



  • 3-4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked and kernels removed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red or green apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds (or substitute your favorite nut)

Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Cook the corn

  • Boiling: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add corn and cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Drain and let cool.
  • Grilling: Heat a grill to medium-high. Brush corn with oil and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, turning until lightly charred. Let cool.
  • Roasting: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush corn with oil and roast for 15-20 minutes, until tender. Let cool.

Cut the kernels

  • Once the corn is cool, stand an ear upright on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut down the sides to remove the kernels.

Make the vinaigrette

  • In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.

Assemble the salad

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the corn kernels, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, apple, basil, cilantro (if using), and almonds.

Dress and serve

  • Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad.
  • Toss gently to coat.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper, or add extra honey if you prefer a sweeter dressing.
  • Serve immediately or chill before serving.

Tips & Variations

Cheese: Add crumbled feta or goat cheese for extra creaminess.

Spice: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeño for a kick.

No grill? You can pan-sear the corn kernels in a skillet with a little oil for similar charring.

Make it creamy: Stir in a dollop of mayonnaise or sour cream to the dressing.

Enjoy your fresh and flavorful Napa Sweet Corn Salad!


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