Zucchini Salad with roasted corn is an easy but so flavorful vegetable side dish made with fresh corn, zucchini, and onions. A delicious summer salad that will dress up every meal!
Zucchini is probably the most versatile vegetable around! From sweet treats like Zucchini Pineapple Bread to salads – you can so so many things with it!
Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad is healthy and full of flavor! This colorful recipe uses some of my favorite summer vegetables and is quick and easy to make. It tastes great warm or cold and is perfect for a summer BBQ but also makes a delicious and light lunch.
I made this easy dish two times last week and every time I had to eat fast or I’d have missed out. My hubby couldn’t get enough of it! So I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s a great way to use all those tasty summer veggies. This recipe will definitely come handy when you have an abundance of late summer produce or you make a bargain at the grocery store and don’t know what to do with all those zucchinis.
This recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled) and is perfect for a summer cookout! You could even make the whole dish on your BBQ if you have a cast iron skillet.
Julia’s Tips and Tricks for making Zucchini Salad
- Grilling the corn on the cob on a BBQ gives it a charred look that adds flavor!
- A great add-in for this salad is couscous, bulgur, or orzo. Prepare about 1 cup of dried couscous/bulgur/orzo according to package instructions and add to the salad. My husband always needs carbs for dinner so this is a great way to transform this salad into a more filling husband-approved side dish.
- This salad can be served warm or cold!
- Fresh herbs add lots of flavor!
- I like to use fresh corn on the cob in the summer and grill it on the grill or in a grill pan. But you can also use frozen corn and cook it in a hot cast iron skillet until nicely charred (no oil/single layer/3-4 min). Or you can use roasted canned corn and just add it to the zucchini. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
- Red onions add a touch of color but you can also use sweet onions like Vidalia or yellow onions.
More summer salads and side dishes
- Authentic German Potato Salad
- Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
- 20-minute Greek Couscous Salad
- Tomato Mango Salsa
Or if you are looking for more ways to use up all those zucchinis from your garden you have to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe. This easy chocolaty recipe is great to hide zucchini from picky eaters and tastes so good!
Tools and Products I recommend for making this Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad
Cast Iron Grill: This thing comes super handy if you have a gas cooktop. It has two sides, one flat and one ribbed, which makes it perfect for indoor grilling and it is super affordable. I also have this Grill Pan from the same brand which I love.
Roasted Canned Corn: If you don’t feel like roasting fresh corn this fire-roasted canned corn is a great alternative. You can probably get it for less money at your local grocery store.
Olive oil: High quality for the best price I’ve found! It has a great fruity flavor and tastes great even on its own dipped with fresh bread.
Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad
- 2 – 3 ears of corn, shucked (or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion
- 4 cups small-diced zucchini, (2 medium zucchini)
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1 lime, juice
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Heat a large grill pan or use a grill. Brush the corn with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning, until crisp-tender, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add zucchini, dried oregano, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally until zucchini is tender and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat and stir in the juice of one lime. Let sit for a minute.
- Working in a large bowl with an inverted ramekin, use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cobs in sections. Remove ramekin and transfer everything from the pan into the bowl. Toss to combine, add basil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with a few basil leaves.
Jonathan Blaine says
This took a bit longer to make than in the recipe online but it was really great.
I also grilled the zucchini and added some shrimp after sautéing the onions and garlic. It’s a keeper!
Absolutely delicious! I made as instructed except I used thawed frozen corn.
Could you make this ahead if you left the basil leaves off initially?
Yes, you can make it ahead. I do this often and just add the basil later.
Hi Julia, if I make this salad the night before and refrigerate it, do you think it will travel well?
This is a fantastic recipe, so so tasty! I also added a bit of paprika because I put it in everything. I love having a variety of easy but not boring veggie sides in my repertoire and this is definitely one now! Thank you 😊
I made this recipe with a few veggie variations but am such a fan! Specifically the vinaigrette was ridiculously delicious and versatile. I’ve actually used the leftovers as a pasta sauce and it’s worked out really really well. I will continue to make this recipe but make the dressing in bigger quantities to freeze because it’s just too delicious. Thanks for this recipe!
The dressing complemented the zucchini and corn nicely! I used probably 1/3 parsley, 2/3 basil for the herbs, and it turned out very well (though definitely more green in color than the pictures). We ate it with baby kale and half the corn.
Juliana Fendez says
I made this last night and it was wonderful! I added purple, red-skin and yukon gold fingerling potatoes (first blanched, then oiled, salted and grilled), as well as grilled red bell pepper. I followed the recipe for the dressing exactly and it was incredible! This is a total keeper to enhance summery garden-fresh produce and herbs.