Avocado Corn Salad


This avocado corn salad topped with lime juice and fresh basil. This salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish because there’s no cooking involved!

Obviously I love salads, but what I really love is unconventional salads that use unique ingredients… ones that aren’t just a bed of greens with some toppings. This corn and avocado salad is just that. You can eat it on its own, as a side or add it to a bed of greens with protein to make a meal sized salad.

Bowl of raw corn and avocado salad mixed with basil and red onion. Avocado halves and a napkin are beside the bowl. Spoon is in the bowl.

The summer heat makes me crave cool and refreshing meals and the last thing I want at a cook out is a heavy, warm dish to go along with a burger. I’ve found this corn salad to be the perfect healthy summer side dish. Everyone loves it and it’s so easy to toss together. The hardest part is cutting the corn off the cob and removing the silks, but even that isn’t too hard!

Easy Way to Remove Corn from the Cob

One little trick I use to make sure the kernels don’t go everywhere and make a huge mess is to put a small bowl upside-down inside of a large bowl. If you just use a single large bowl you can’t get your knife all the way down to the end of the cob.

Stand the corn, large side down, on top of the small bowl and use a knife to slice the kernels off the cob. The kernels will fall into the bottom of the bowl instead of all over your countertop.

You can also use a bundt or angel food cake pan for this, but I don’t bake a ton of cakes so I don’t have a bundt pan at the moment.

Is Raw Corn Safe to Eat?

Yes! Eating raw sweet corn right from the cob is perfectly okay to eat. It tastes just as delicious as cooked corn and is just as nutritious.

In general corn can be hard to digest (I’m sure you’ve noticed this just by taking a look at your poo after eating corn) and it may cause digestion problems in people with bowel conditions like IBS. I personally have no stomach issues with eating raw corn, but like most vegetables, raw corn is harder to digest than well-cooked corn. Cooking softens the kernels and begins break-down process, which can be helpful if you feel raw corn upsets your stomach. If you prefer to make this salad with cooked corn, I have instructions in the notes section of the recipe!

Hands cutting corn off of the cob. The corn cob is propped on a small bowl upside down in a larger bowl.

Ingredients in Avocado Corn Salad

  • sweet corn – we’re using fresh uncooked sweet corn for the star of this salad.
  • red onion – the perfect way to add a bit of flavor and crunch. You can use yellow onion if needed.
  • avocado – 
  • lime juice, basil, sea salt and ground pepper – instead of an elaborate dressing, we’re using these four items to add a light and refreshing flavor to the salad.
Ingredients for corn and avocado salad in a bowl including basil, corn, red onion and avocado.

Notes and Substitutions

Protein – You could always add protein by tossing in about 1/2 cup of beans (chickpeas or black beans would be delicious) or adding in some chopped grilled chicken. This apple cider vinegar chicken would be yummy.

Sweet corn 

Avocado and corn salad topped with fresh basil

How to Serve Avocado Corn Salad

I usually serve this as a side salad at potlucks, but it would work great as a dip as well. I tried dipping it with chips and it definitely works. It’s like a corn and avocado salsa.

Bowl of avocado and corn salad topped with fresh basil leaves.

How to Store Avocado Corn Salad

This salad stores super well!

To make it in advance: I would recommend leaving the avocado out and adding that in right before serving. The rest of the salad can be fully assembled and stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

To store leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator

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Avocado Corn Salad

5 from 10 votes
This avocado corn salad topped with lime juice and fresh basil. This salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish because there's no cooking involved!
Bowl of avocado and corn salad topped with fresh basil leaves. Cut open avocado in the background.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 6 ears of fresh uncooked sweet corn, husked and cut from cob (4 1/2 cups)*
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • lime juice, 1 lime or about 3 Tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground pepper, to taste


  • Prep salad: After husking and cutting corn from the cob, pull out as many corn silks as possible. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Serve: Serve immediately or allow it to marinate for a few hours. I like to make it the night before and allow it to marinate over night as it tastes even better the next day.



Protein – The quinoa adds a good amount of plant-based protein to this salad but, you could always add more protein by tossing in about 1/2 cup of beans (chickpeas or black beans would be delicious) or adding in some chopped grilled chicken. This apple cider vinegar chicken would be yummy.
Sweet corn 


Serving: 1/8 of recipe Calories: 114kcal Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 3g Fat: 3g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn and avocado salad


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    1. Jan Thomsen
      July 1, 2021 AT 8:09 pm

      Why am I unable to get the recipe for the corn and avocado salad. Tried everything.

    2. Neal
      June 19, 2021 AT 7:15 pm

      Use a Bundt pan for cutting corn. Just stand the ear on the center post and cut away. All the corn catches in the cake area.

    3. Donna Graves
      June 20, 2020 AT 11:54 am

      I find that cooking corn in the microwave makes it easier to remove the silks – try it.

    4. Juli
      June 15, 2020 AT 11:54 am

      5 stars
      Loved this salad, and so did my family I will be making it at least once a week during our hot Florida Summer. Thank you so much

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:44 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad it was a hit with the fam. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

    5. Kathy
      May 30, 2020 AT 11:15 pm

      5 stars
      Would grilling the corn ruin the flavor of this salad? I made it last weekend and loved it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 31, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

        I don’t think so! I think it would taste delicious grilled and have any more flavor.

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