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Colorful Corn Salad

This colorful, tasty corn salad is an excellent way to perk up a summer picnic. The seasonings add a bold, refreshing Southwestern flavor that brings people back for seconds. It's nice to have a different kind of salad to share. —Helen Koedel, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    16-18 servings


  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups diced green pepper
  • 2 cups diced sweet red pepper
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. In a microwave-safe dish, combine oil and garlic. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds. Cool. Whisk in lime juice. Pour over corn mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 60 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Orangeblossom62
    Jun 19, 2016

    This salad looks beautiful. Would the seasoning hold if prepared in advance? How far in advance would be recommended?

  • AfterAgnesDowner
    Dec 12, 2015

    really good & different.we go easy on cayenne pepper & hot sauce

  • lshaw
    May 23, 2015

    I have made this salad half a dozen times. A couple of times were because some folks requested I bring it to a gathering, having tasted it previously. I don't make any changes to the ingredients and I think it's fine as is. I see some reviewers add jalapenos--I guess that's an appropriate item to add if extra heat is desired. You could also add a bit of cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning as well. It makes a LOT as written which is great for large pot luck gatherings but I have also successfully halved the recipe for our immediate family .

  • julzrulz9
    Apr 5, 2014

    Tasty salad! Next time I'll add a jalapeno and use cilantro, I just wanted to give it a try as is first and I wasn't disappointed. I'll definitely make this again, hopefully with fresh corn.

  • DebbieT
    Dec 22, 2013

    Not bad. I added some jalapeños as well. I think I would reduce the cumin next time. I don't see shredded Parmesan cheese in the picture. Could it be grated Parmesan instead?

  • Sandy Berg-Harrison
    Jul 20, 2013

    Have made this dish countless times over the years. I added cilantro and a diced jalapeño. Always a hit!

  • jeholt65
    May 5, 2013

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  • amstarcevich
    Jul 31, 2012

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  • kgrant59
    Oct 2, 2011

    I have made this salad several times since seeing it in the magazine. It has always been a big hit as a salad or salsa with chips. I will make it again in a few weeks.

  • skreyno
    Aug 17, 2011

    This is a favorite for our family. I serve it with BBQ or any smoked meats in the summer. I add jalapeno's to taste (3 or 4 for us, we like it spicy). I have used red onion instead of green and that works great too. Fresh grilled corn is delicious if you live in corn country. The secret is the dressing and it is fantastic!