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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Next add diced zucchini (again… raw!)

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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.

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And finally, add some slivered fresh basil.

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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.

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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!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Salad


  • 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: 118, Fat: 4.3g, Saturated Fat: .6g, Sugar: 6.6g, Sodium: 157g, Fiber: 2.5g, Protein: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving: Freestyle SmartPoints: 2, Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 2
  • Nutritional info is based on added 1/2 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Here are a few more corn salad recipes you might enjoy:

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

  1. postedJul 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!

  2. postedJul 16, 2012 4:02 AM
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

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

  3. postedJul 16, 2012 4:46 AM

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

  4. postedJul 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! 🙂

  5. postedJul 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!

  6. postedJul 16, 2012 6:37 AM

    This salad is summer in a bowl!

  7. postedJul 16, 2012 6:50 AM

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

  8. postedJul 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.

  9. postedJul 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. 🙂

  10. postedJul 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.

  11. postedJul 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.

  12. postedJul 16, 2012 12:43 PM

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

  13. postedJul 16, 2012 1:07 PM

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

  14. postedJul 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! 🙂

  15. postedJul 16, 2012 3:25 PM

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

  16. postedJul 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!

  17. postedJul 16, 2012 4:32 PM

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

  18. postedJul 16, 2012 8:55 PM

    Love this! 🙂 looks so great!

  19. postedJul 16, 2012 9:09 PM

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

  20. postedJul 17, 2012 4:13 AM

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

  21. postedJul 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!!

  22. postedJul 17, 2012 9:01 AM

    ooh i love all the bright colors! yum!

  23. postedJul 17, 2012 11:36 AM

    Lori, this looks wonderful!!

  24. postedJul 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!

  25. postedJul 18, 2012 6:27 AM

    I will definitely be making this- simple and delicious!

  26. postedJul 18, 2012 6:38 AM

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

  27. postedJul 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.

  28. postedJul 18, 2012 1:05 PM

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

  29. postedJul 21, 2012 9:08 AM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

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

  30. postedJul 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!

  31. postedJul 25, 2012 12:01 PM

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

  32. postedAug 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.

  33. postedAug 10, 2012 8:27 PM

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

  34. postedAug 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!

  35. postedSep 9, 2012 1:23 PM
    Pat Atkisson

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

    • postedSep 9, 2012 10:59 PM

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

  36. postedMar 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!

  37. postedJul 20, 2014 7:12 AM
    Elizabeth Richardson

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

  38. postedSep 7, 2015 3:36 PM

    What is the serving size for your Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad with Honey- Lime Vinaigrette?

    • postedSep 14, 2015 5:22 AM

      I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but you can eyeball it to divide into 8 servings if you’re counting calories/points.

  39. postedAug 6, 2016 6:40 AM

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

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