Fresh Corn Salsa

  • By KJ

It’s sweet corn season — the perfect time to make Fresh Corn Salsa!

Crunchy sweet corn is combined with juicy red tomatoes, tangy red onions, and vibrant cilantro and lime juice. It’s the perfect combo of fresh summer flavors.

Load up a tortilla chip with this vibrant, flavor-packed salsa. Or, pile the corn salsa on top of your tacos, bowls, or favorite proteins. (Or just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon!)

This corn salsa recipe is also a great way to incorporate garden tomatoes if you need new ways to use up your garden bounty.

Fresh corn salsa served in a blue bowl with chips.

It’s sweet corn season — the perfect time to make Fresh Corn Salsa! 

Crunchy sweet corn is combined with juicy red tomatoes, tangy red onions, and vibrant cilantro and lime juice. It’s the perfect combo of fresh summer flavors.

Load up a tortilla chip with this vibrant, flavor-packed salsa. Or, pile the corn salsa on top of your tacos, bowls, or favorite proteins. (Or just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon!) 

This corn salsa recipe is also a great way to incorporate garden tomatoes if you need new ways to use up your garden bounty.

Fresh corn salsa served in a blue bowl with chips.

Why KJ Loves

Fresh Corn Salsa

Fresh Corn Salsa

If you’ve never had fresh corn right off the cob (without being cooked) then now is the time! I love how vibrant and freshly sweet this salsa recipe is from the corn. Perfect for dunking chips into or topping off your favorite grilled proteins (salmon, chicken, steak YUM).

How to Prep Fresh Sweet Corn

Husking fresh ears of corn on the porch is a quintessential summer activity! 

Firmly grip the outer leaves and silk at the top of the corn and pull downward to remove the husk and silk from the cob. Use a small brush or your fingers to remove any remaining silk strands. 

After corn is husked, here’s the easiest way to cut it:

01) Place the corn horizontally on the cutting board (when you hold it vertically, the corn will fly all over). 

02) With a sharp knife, carefully slice downwards along the cob to cut off the kernels on one side. 

03) Then, rotate the cob and continue cutting until all the kernels have been removed. 

Watch this video on cutting corn off the cob for a visual!

Fresh ears of corn being husked.

Corn Salsa Ingredients

Fresh corn

You’ll want to use fresh corn on the cob for this corn salsa recipe. It’s the star of the show — and essential for the fresh flavor. You can use either yellow corn or white corn. 

Diced cherry tomatoes

The slight acidity and softness of the tomato is a beautiful contrast to the crunchy sweetness of the corn! Plus, this adds a burst of red to the color of the salsa. You can also use fresh grape tomatoes.

Red onion

Cilantro

Fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

All the ingredients needed for fresh corn salsa in bowls.

How to Make Corn Salsa

Making fresh corn salsa is simple!

1

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. 

2

Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in advance.

3

Wash the dishes. How sad.

How to Serve Fresh Corn Salsa

Serve this simple summer delight with tortilla chips. Or, serve corn salsa as a topping. It’s a delicious addition to tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. 

You can even top your favorite proteins, like chicken, beef, pork, or seafood. It’s especially delicious on this chipotle salmon.

Recipe Variations

Corn salsa would taste delicious with a variety of other ingredients, including:

  • Diced avocado
  • Diced jalapeños 
  • Black beans
  • Green onion
  • Bell peppers
Fresh corn salsa being prepared in a glass bowl.

Fresh Corn Salsa FAQ

Does the corn need to be cooked?

Nope! The fresh corn kernels stay crunchy and sweet without cooking. 

How long can you store fresh corn salsa?

In an airtight container, you can store fresh corn salsa for up to 5 days in the fridge. 

Can you use frozen corn in this recipe?

You could use frozen corn, defrosted and drained. But I recommend going with fresh sweet corn when possible!

What other ingredients could you add to the fresh corn salsa

This corn salsa recipe is flexible. Add other veggies you have on hand, like diced avocado, diced jalapeños, black beans, green onion, and bell peppers.

Fresh corn salsa served in a blue bowl with chips.

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Fresh corn salsa served in a blue bowl with chips.

Fresh Corn Salsa


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

It’s sweet corn season — the perfect time to make Fresh Corn Salsa! 

Crunchy sweet corn is combined with juicy red tomatoes, tangy red onions, and vibrant cilantro and lime juice. It’s the perfect combo of fresh summer flavors.

Load up a tortilla chip with this vibrant, flavor-packed salsa. Or, pile the corn salsa on top of your tacos, bowls, or favorite proteins. (Or just eat it out of the bowl with a spoon!) 

This corn salsa recipe is also a great way to incorporate garden tomatoes if you need new ways to use up your garden bounty.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 45 ears of corn)
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in advance.

Notes

  • Serve with chips as a dip or serve as a topping over your favorite grilled protein ( I love salmon, steak or chicken!).
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 61
  • Sugar: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Fat: 0.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.8g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Protein: 2.3g

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