Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Do you have any friends on that Raw Food Diet? … that diet where you eat all raw foods with the thought that raw food is better for your body? I have to admit- I couldn’t do it. I cook and bake every day, and I kind of like my food cooked! This salad, however, may please everyone. It happens to be an *uncooked* vegetable salad, which is the kind of side dish that you wish for on a hot and humid summer day where the thought of turning on the oven or the stove is pretty unbearable: Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad with Honey- Lime Vinaigrette

See, none of that is cooked.  If that sounds weird to you, it shouldn’t.  I served up this salad at a summer BBQ recently and told no one that was a raw salad.  And guess what?  They loved it!

It all starts with fresh corn.  Visit your local Farmer’s Market and find some gorgeous, fresh sweet corn.  The sweeter and fresher your corn, the better your salad will be.

Shuck your corn and rinse it too, getting as many of the silky strings off as you can.  Cut the corn off the cob.  The best way to do this is to stand it up inside of a deep bowl like this one and use a knife to cut down the sides of the cob. The corn will gather into the bowl.

Next add diced zucchini (again… raw!)

Then add some halved pear or cherry tomatoes.  This time of year you can find them multi-colored, and they’ll be fresh and sweet too.

And finally, add some slivered fresh basil.

Drizzle in a simple Honey-Lime Vinaigrette and toss.  Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours to let all of the vegetables get nice and chilled and take on the flavors of that vinaigrette.

Sprinkle with a generous dose of salt and pepper, and serve!

This salad just so happens to be dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat and Weight Watcher’s friendly too!  See the recipe below for nutritional details.  And let me know how you like it!

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Fresh Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 min


6 medium to large corn on the cob (shucked and rinsed)
3 small to medium zucchini, rinsed
1 pint pear or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Cut corn off the cob by placing it upright in a deep bowl and cut down the sides of the cob with a sharp knife.

2. Dice zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces (leave skin on) and add to the bowl. Add tomatoes and basil.

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, honey and lime juice. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine. Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to 4 hours until ready to serve. Toss again before serving to re-distribute the dressing. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper just before serving.


*If the salad sits in the refrigerator overnight, it may gather additional liquid from the fresh vegetables. Just drain any additional liquid and enjoy the leftovers.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: Recipe divided into 8 servings
Calories per serving: 118
Fat per serving: 4.3g
Saturated Fat per serving: .6g
Sugar per serving: 6.6g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">157g
Fiber per serving: 2.5g
Protein per serving: 2.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 20g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 2

Nutritional info is based on added 1/2 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper


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38 Responses to “Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 16, 2012 @ 3:27 AM

    Lori this is my kinda recipe…I love it! The freshness, the raw veggies, the pop of color, that dressing, totally perfect!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — July 16, 2012 @ 4:02 AM

    What a great salad! This would be perfect to take to a BBQ!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 16, 2012 @ 4:46 AM

    Love this! I could eat this sorta stuff all summer long!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 16, 2012 @ 5:11 AM

    This is beautiful! And I do have a handful of friends on a raw diet — this looks like a perfect dish to serve! :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 16, 2012 @ 6:25 AM

    I could eat this with a spoon, but it would be fantastic over fish or chicken. Lovely, fresh recipe, Lori!

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    Maria — July 16, 2012 @ 6:37 AM

    This salad is summer in a bowl!

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    EatLiveRun — July 16, 2012 @ 6:50 AM

    I adore fresh corn salads like this in the summer. This one is perfect for an August picnic!

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    Joanne — July 16, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

    I posted something super similar today! Great minds. :)

    I love the sound of that vinaigrette…totally swooning.

    I couldn’t go permanently raw either (I need a good hot meal at least once a day) but I could pretty much eat this salad nonstop, I’m sure.

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — July 16, 2012 @ 8:32 AM

    I don’t think I could handle a raw food diet either Lori! But this is one dish I don’t think I could get enough of. Love all of the fresh veggies together in one large bowl. :)

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    Reem | Simply Reem — July 16, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

    Freshness in bowl..
    I love eating raw zucchini, only if I can get my kids eat it too..
    I will try this.. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 16, 2012 @ 11:42 AM

    Yeaaaaah! I totally made a raw salad about 2 weeks ago and am still thinking about it. Now I have to make this one.

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    Nika Andersen — July 16, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

    Oh yum. I cannot wait to try this. Fresh and simple with some of my favorite summer veggies.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 16, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    I’m not a raw food gal either but I could definitely get on board with this! How refreshing!

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    Jenny (VintageSugarcube) — July 16, 2012 @ 2:46 PM

    I’m making this for my next bbq. I LOVE the fresh sweet summer corn and this salad will be perrrrrfecto! :)

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    carrian — July 16, 2012 @ 3:25 PM

    That dressing especially looks yummy! Light and delicious, perfect for summer!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 16, 2012 @ 4:08 PM

    My husband wanted to try a raw diet 2 yrs ago when we were trying to get in shape for a upcoming vacation… 3 days in and I caved. I like hot food!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 16, 2012 @ 4:32 PM

    I could just eat this up with a spoon! Sounds heavenly!

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    Lynna H. — July 16, 2012 @ 8:55 PM

    Love this! :) looks so great!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — July 16, 2012 @ 9:09 PM

    This is my favorite kind of thing to eat in the summer! So fresh and healthy – it looks delicious!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 17, 2012 @ 4:13 AM

    Your salad looks amazing and fresh!! I can’t wait to try out your recipe.

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    michelle — July 17, 2012 @ 8:02 AM

    I am eating this as I type! So delicious and it fits in with my diet! Basil and zucchini fresh from the garden makes it extra delicious! I am also making your greek salad cucumber bites tonight for a girls night out! I wanted to make something that did not require turning on the oven and that recipe looks to be a hit! All of my favorite things wrapped up into one delicious bite!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!!

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — July 17, 2012 @ 9:01 AM

    ooh i love all the bright colors! yum!

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    gina @ skinnytaste — July 17, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    Lori, this looks wonderful!!

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    patsy — July 17, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

    This would be perfect for our upcoming block party! Love how simple it is and that it doesn’t require me to heat up the kitchen!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — July 18, 2012 @ 6:27 AM

    I will definitely be making this- simple and delicious!

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    Ashley @PeaceLoveYumminess — July 18, 2012 @ 6:38 AM

    Perfect for summer! I just found your site and super excited to keep following! :)

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — July 18, 2012 @ 7:03 AM

    i don’t think I could last more than one day on a raw diet. I love to bake and eat the results but when it comes to summer dinners all I want is a fresh veggie salad, just like this one. Wonderful combo of flavors and color.

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    Framed Cooks — July 18, 2012 @ 1:05 PM

    This recipe is the absolute picture of “summer on a plate!” Good and good for you…thanks as always!

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    RecipeGirl's Mom — July 21, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

    Healthy, colorful, pretty and gluten free. That’s for me!

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    Barb — July 23, 2012 @ 5:17 PM

    Loved it, but made one teeny change. Since tomato season is so short in Minnesota, we take extra care of them! Refrigerating reduces the flavor of tomatoes. So, I added the tomatoes just before serving.
    Otherwise, followed your recipe. Really delicious!

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    Angie — July 25, 2012 @ 12:01 PM

    I just made this for my weekly salad club and everyone loved it. Thanks, Lori!

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    Terri — August 5, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

    Made this last night for a big BBQ party. It was amazing! This is going into my summer salads standard rotation! So fresh and so flavorful.

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    lauren — August 10, 2012 @ 8:27 PM

    made this tonight, wasn’t sure if i would like the raw zucchini and i LOVED IT. Great one!

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    luv what you do — August 18, 2012 @ 4:39 PM

    That is the exact kind of recipe that I have been looking for….a healthy fresh adn seasonal side. I am saving it for our next BBQ. Thanks for sharing it!

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    Pat Atkisson — September 9, 2012 @ 1:23 PM

    Great recipe, but need to know how to make the Honey/Liime Dressing?

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    Lori Lange — September 9, 2012 @ 10:59 PM

    Did you print out the recipe at the bottom of the post? It’s in the recipe!

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    Hannah — March 23, 2014 @ 7:55 PM

    Awesome recipe you have there. I’m not a fan of veggies but this one looks really interesting and delicious!

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    Elizabeth Richardson — July 20, 2014 @ 7:12 AM

    Delicious, we loved it. I had to use a red pepper in place of the tomatoes, but it worked out great!