Make the most of summer’s finest with this surprisingly flavorful, yet simple, Raw Corn and Radish Salad.
Fresh sweet corn is at it’s finest right now. I’ve mentioned before and I’ll say it again – we are so lucky to have an amazing farm just down the street. They have the best sweet corn and every summer I look forward to their announcement saying it’s ready! Well, it’s ready, and we’ve been eating corn on the cob with almost every meal. Can’t. Get. Enough.
And watching little kids eat corn on the cob is one of the funniest things ever. Seriously. It’s bigger than their little faces and they are covered in corn from chin to forehead almost immediately.
Anyway, did you know that fresh sweet corn is delicious raw? Well, it is. And that’s how I use it in this surprisingly simple, yet flavorful Raw Corn and Radish Salad.
This corn radish salad is so super simple. The hardest part is cutting the corn from the cob and trying not to have corn kernels flying all over your kitchen.
Pro Tip: Try placing a small bowl upside down inside a large mixing bowl. Stand an ear of corn up on the small bowl and cut the kernels off. They should land in the bigger bowl without making too much of a mess. I can’t remember where I learned that trick, but it’s a good one!
I have made this salad numerous time for BBQs and picnics and it’s always a well-loved dish. I gotten lots of compliments on it and everyone always asks for the recipe. Well, finally, here it is!
You can even make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Just be sure to mix it up again right before serving.
I love the way the spicy radishes mingle with the sweet crisp corn. Add to that some bright citrusy cilantro, smoky spices and lime juice and you’ve got a winner for the whole family!
This salad is wonderful at room temperature so don’t worry about it sitting out….it will be just fine. And never fear if you have leftovers because the corn will stay fresh and crisp in the fridge even for a second day (maybe longer, but we always eat it up before we can test that experiment. )
The sweetness of this salad recipe really relies on the fresh corn. Make sure you use the freshest, sweetest corn you can find. You can certainly make this salad with thawed frozen corn during the winter months, but you may need to adjust the seasonings and even add a little sweetener.
This corn salad is the perfect accompaniment to any BBQ, picnic, potluck or party. Or cut the recipe in half and whip it up for a simple lunch just for you and a friend. I’ve sent this salad in my son’s lunchbox before as well, and it’s always gone at the end of the day.
Give it a try this weekend and let me know how much you love it!
More Vegan BBQ Sides
- Raw Veggie Chopped Salad
- Easy Vegan Macaroni Salad
- Sugar Snap Pea Salad
- Creamy Balsamic Summer Pasta Salad
- Vegan Potato Salad
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Raw Corn Radish Salad
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
*This post was originally published in August 2015. Photos were updated May 2017. Original recipe and content remains the same.