Tomato and Corn Salad (GF, DF, Vegan)

tomato and corn salad on wood cutting board.

This delicious summer salad is a perfect complement to your favorite grilled dish and so easy to make!

This side dish uses fresh ingredients of the summer months. I usually buy and grill fresh sweet corn when it is in season and cut it from the cob and add in garden grown tomatoes and fresh basil. If you don’t have those available, fire roasted corn (either canned or frozen) and some cherry tomatoes will work too!

You can serve this side dish with some grilled steak, a good burger, chicken or salmon. It is so versatile! And it keeps for a few days in the fridge for some tasty leftovers.

What You’ll Need:

  • grilled or fire roasted corn
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • fresh basil
  • green onions
  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • sea salt
  • cotija cheese (optional)

Making the Recipe:

If you are making grilled corn on the cob, heat your grill and rub the corn with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill the corn for about 3-5 minutes per side until the corn is warmed through and you get those great grill marks. If you are using fire roasted corn already prepared, you are already one step ahead!

Let the corn cool a bit, while you mix up the dressing. Put the olive oil, fresh squeezed lime juice and salt in a small bowl. Whisk the dressing together and set it aside, until you’re ready to serve the side dish.

Remove the corn from the cob with a knife and place it in a serving bowl. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half or dice them if using whole tomatoes. Add them to the bowl along with the sliced green onions.

Finally, dice the avocado and chop the fresh basil and add them to the bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and mix it all together right be before serving.

Sprinkle a little cotija cheese on the salad or put it in a separate bowl and let those who want to add it do so. This dish is gluten free, dairy free and vegan without the addition of the cotija cheese.


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tomato and corn salad on wood cutting board.

Tomato and Corn Salad

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  • Author: realfoodwell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This delicious summer salad is a perfect complement to your favorite grilled dish and so easy to make!



For the Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, organic and cold pressed
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

For the Salad:

  • 1 ½ cups fire roasted corn (thawed)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil (or cilantro), minced


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl or glass measuring cup.
  2. Dice the cucumber and green onion and halve the cherry tomatoes. Add them to a mixing bowl along with the corn.
  3. Add the dressing to the bowl and mix well. Add in the fresh basil/cilantro and avocado. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.


  • Feel free to use fresh sweet corn in season. Cook the corn if you choose this option. You can either cook the corn on the cob and remove the kernels or remove the kernels raw and then cook them in a skillet with a little oil until tender.
  • Add a little cotija cheese, if not eating dairy free or vegan.

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