Joe’s Zesty Corn Salad

Joeís Corn Salad boasts a colorful combination of corn, green and red bell peppers, onion, and zippy lime juice. You can use frozen corn if the real thing isnít in season, and it gets thrown together in one bowl with both speed and ease.

Itís named for a friend Joe who is an accomplished cook. This is the most-asked-for recipe in his repertoire, always in demand for cook-outs and gatherings of all kinds. Once you try it, youĎll see why itís everybodyís favorite.


8 ears fresh corn (or 6 cups frozen corn)
1 small red onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus a few sprigs for garnish (optional)
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lime (approximately 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Boil fresh corn, if using, in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, then remove and plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Cut kernels off cobs. (Alternatively, follow package instructions to cook frozen corn, if using.)

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.

3. Chill thoroughly. Before serving, garnish with cilantro sprigs, if using.

Serves 6 – 8.

By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen, (Inner Traditions, 2001).


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy. Love this recipe. Thanks.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Pete C.
Pete c7 years ago

nom nom nom nom!!!

Svetlana S.
Svetlana S7 years ago

I can't wait for the corn to get in season... Soon :))

Nansee C.
Nansee C7 years ago

sounds delicious. (: i've always liked fresh corn off the cob.

Jean Buckley
Jean B10 years ago

I brought this to a grade school chili dinner fundraiser. I made a double batch and had to use frozen corn, but it was very popular and disappeared to the very last kernel. I liked it too!