Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

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Grab the three best things in your produce section this summer and make this Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad.  Watch the video showing you how to make this salad, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home!

Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad in a white bowl set on a blue polka dot tablecloth

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 Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato 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.

In that beautiful salad bowl above, none of that is cooked.  If that sounds weird to you, it shouldn’t.  I serve up this salad at summer BBQ’s, and I don’t tell anyone that it’s a raw salad.  And guess what?  They love it!

5 ears of fresh corn stacked on a cutting board with a blue and green polka dot tablecloth underneath

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.

fresh corn in a white bowl with lobster print, set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

How to Make Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad:

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.  This avoids the big mess you have when you try to cut the corn on a cutting board where corn kernels splatter everywhere!

zucchini in a white bowl set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

Next add diced zucchini (again… raw!)

tomato added to a bowl of zucchini and corn set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

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.

fresh basil added to a bowl of tomatoes set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

And finally, add some slivered fresh basil.

hand pouring dressing into bowl of fresh corn, zucchini and tomato salad, set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

Drizzle in a simple, homemade 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.

Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad in a white bowl set on a blue and green polka dot tablecloth

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

This Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato 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!

If you’re looking for more summer salad recipes, you might also enjoy my Grilled Corn Salad. Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad, and Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad are delicious summer salad recipes too!
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Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

This is the best, fresh corn summer salad recipe!
2 4 2
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 137kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword corn, fresh corn salad, salad, tomato, zucchini


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


  • Cut the corn off the cob by placing it upright in a deep bowl, and cut down the sides of the cob with a sharp knife.
  • Dice the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces (leave the skin on) and add it to the bowl. Add the tomatoes, and stir to combine.
  • 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.  Garnish with fresh basil. 
  • 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.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 28.7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.1mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 2 | Green WW Smartpoints: 4 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 2
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  • CLAUDIA DAVIS wrote:

    I absolutely adore this recipe. I’ve made it twice but skipped the basil since I don’t like basil. I also cooked the corn since I like corn better that way. All else stayed the same. It’s a 10/10.

  • Dan wrote:

    Great summer recipe! The lime and honey vinaigrette makes it taste amazing. Out of all the recipes like this I picked this one too. Thanks!

  • Deborah wrote:

    I pick your salad out of a lot other corn salads just because of how simple it looked. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Elizabeth Richardson wrote:

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

  • Hannah wrote:

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

  • luv what you do wrote:

    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!

  • lauren wrote:

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

  • Terri wrote:

    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.

  • Angie wrote:

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

  • Barb wrote:

    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!

  • RecipeGirl’s Mom wrote:

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

  • Framed Cooks wrote:

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

  • Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking wrote:

    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.

  • Ashley @PeaceLoveYumminess wrote:

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

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings wrote:

    I will definitely be making this- simple and delicious!

  • patsy wrote:

    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!

  • gina @ skinnytaste wrote:

    Lori, this looks wonderful!!

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy wrote:

    ooh i love all the bright colors! yum!

  • michelle wrote:

    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!!