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Cucumber Corn Salad

by Sophie

The Cucumber corn salad is very similar to the Mexican grilled corn often served in streets of the Latin American towns. This grilled corn salad is sweet, spicy, and perfectly dressed with a spicy-tangy cilantro-jalapeño dressing. This corn salad with avocado and tomatoes is a meal in itself.  Let’s make it.

How to Grill Corn?

Making grilled corn is easy. You can roast corns directly over the flame or the grill or cook them in the oven till they are charred and roasted. This salad has grilled corn that I made in the instant pot. I used my Mealthy CrispLid and charred the corn real quick after steaming them in the instant pot.

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I often make this salad during summer. It reminds me that we are almost in mid-September and before the summer ends, I wanted to make this again. This salad is refreshing and so delicious. It has fresh fruits and veggies, a generous amount of herbs and a hint of spices.

Cucumber and its Health Benefits: 

Adding cucumber to a salad makes it more crunchy, refreshing and a lot summer-like. The fruit has a lot of water content, which makes it so ideal for summer months. We Indians have a special love for cucumbers. We eat it with almost all meals. 

If you are wondering about the health benefits of cucumbers, here is an article on it

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob?

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Cooking corn in the instant pot is very easy. All you need is clean the corn on the cob, boil or steam them in the instant pot and all done.

Clean– remove the husk and silk from the corns. Wash and pat dry. 

Steam or pressure cook – Place the corn on the cob inside the inner pot filled with 2 cups of water or on a steam rack placed over the trivet. Set the instant pot to the steam mode for 10-minutes or pressure cook for 5-minutes. Quick pressure release after pressure cook and open the lid.

Serve – After pressure cook, remove the corn and place it on a plate. Allow it to cool down, and then use a sharp knife to remove kernels from the cob. (If grilling, follow the next grilling steps).

Why To Cook Corn In The Instant Pot?

Well, this machine is a regular in my kitchen. I use Instant pot here to steam my corns first and then slightly char them on the flames or over the grills for just a minute or two till I get that nice char on them. I also use the CrispLid to roast the corn on the cob after they are steamed. Just 3 minutes each side and they are nice, charred, and beautifully roasted.

How to Grill Corn In The Instant Pot?

Grilling corn in the instant pot is simple. Remove the husk and clean the corn. Pressure cook them for five minutes and quick release the pressure. Now brush them with oil or just simply, place them on the CrispLid pan and roast at 350F for 3 minutes each side. The instant pot grilled corn is ready.

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How to Make The Cilantro-Jalapeño -Lime Dressing?

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The dressing is pretty simple and easy. Take all the ingredients listed under the dressing ingredients and add them to a jar. Blend well until you have a thick, dressing ready. 

Cucumber Corn Salad Recipe:

Ingredients for the cucumber corn Salad:

The ingredients for this salad are: 2 cups grilled corn, 1 cup diced cucumber, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped or diced avocados, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing – 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 jalapeño or Serrano pepper (seeds removed), 1 lime juice, 2 tbsp olive oil or 1/4 cup aquafaba, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Maple syrup(optional), salt and pepper to taste 

Tortilla chips and strips to garnish 

How to make the cucumber corn salad?

  • Take a large bowl and add all salad ingredients to it. 
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until a purée is formed. 
  • Pour salad dressing over the salad and give a good mix.
  • Adjust salt and pepper if required and top with tortilla strips.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you want to store the salad, don’t add the dressing. Always add the dressing right before serving.
  • You can refrigerate the grilled corn and the dressing separately for up to three days. 
corn salad with avocado and tomatoes

Cucumber Corn Salad

This amazing grilled corn salad is a perfectly spiced, zesty salad that reminds of grilled Mexican corn.
5 from 28 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cucumber corn salad, grilled corn, grilled corn salad, how to make grilled corn salad, instant pot corn on the cob
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Sophie

Equipment

  • Instant pot
  • CrispLid
  • Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grilled corn (kernels from two cooked corns)
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (1 large cucumber)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped or diced avocados
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Cilantro
  • 1 Serrano pepper or jalapeno
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Maple syrup (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Take a large bowl and add all salad ingredients to it. 
    corn salad ingredients
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until a purée is formed. 
    add dressing to the salad
  • Pour salad dressing over the salad and give a good mix.
    Mix salad
  • Adjust salt and pepper if required and top with tortilla strips.
    spicy corn salad
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you want to store the salad, don’t add the dressing. Always add the dressing right before serving.
  • You can refrigerate the grilled corn and the dressing separately for up to three days.

Notes

  • If you want to store the salad, don’t add the dressing. Always add the dressing right before serving.
  • You can refrigerate the grilled corn and the dressing separately for up to three days.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 522mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

You may love this Cauliflower Tabbouleh salad too.

What do you serve corn with?

Corn is high in starch or carb and makes a good side dish for proteins. If you want a side salad for your steak, fish or chicken, then this salad is an ideal choice.

Do you salt the water when boiling corn?

Adding salt to the boiling water is an optional choice. It is better not to add salt while cooking corn in the boiling water. In that way, it stays tender even after cooking.

How do you shuck corn easily?

Start by peeling off the outer leaves and grasp the tops of the leaves and the silky strands, and pull down in one firm tug. Alternatively, microwave the corn for a minute and then peel it. The heat makes the tassel removing really easy.

Do you have to remove silk from corn before grilling?

The corn on the cob can be grilled with its husk and silk or without them. If you choose to grill the corn without the husks, just remove the fine silk strands before grilling.

Do you need to soak corn before grilling?

If you are grilling corns directly on the grill, then presoak them in water for about 30 minutes. This keeps the corn kernels moist and juicy even after cooking.

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30 comments

Sara Welch September 20, 2019 - 12:28 pm

5 stars
What a light and refreshing salad for lunch! Looking forward to enjoying this this afternoon!

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Kelly Anthony September 20, 2019 - 12:43 pm

5 stars
This cucumber corn salad looks like the perfect dish to bring to a potluck dinner. It is still 100 degrees here in Texas and light and refreshing is what people are wanting right now so this salad will be perfect.

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Andrea September 20, 2019 - 12:47 pm

5 stars
This salad looks amazing. The Cilantro Jalapeno dressing sounds fabulous. I think I’ll use it on all sorts of salads.

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Krissy Allori September 20, 2019 - 12:54 pm

5 stars
I love corn! Especially in a salad. This one is so good!!

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Alyssa September 20, 2019 - 1:56 pm

5 stars
All of my favorite summer flavors in one dish! The dressing is especially good. And grilling the corn gives such a wonderful charred flavor. Love it!

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Deanne September 20, 2019 - 2:28 pm

5 stars
We served this as a side to grilled burgers last night and loved it! Going onto the regular rotation for sure!

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Jacqui Debono September 20, 2019 - 4:27 pm

5 stars
I could eat cilantro with every meal! It is my favorite ingredient for sauces! Nothing better than grilled corn either – it’s so much sweeter!

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Erika September 20, 2019 - 10:00 pm

5 stars
Corn on the cob in the instant pot is genius and I love how fresh this salad is.

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Stine Mari September 21, 2019 - 12:42 am

5 stars
Oh yum I do have some corn that I need to use, this is just perfect! And that dressing sounds so fresh and delicious!

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Emily September 21, 2019 - 5:18 pm

5 stars
I love all the flavors in this salad- so fresh!! Cucumber and corn go suprisingly well together!

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jay joy September 22, 2019 - 6:33 am

5 stars
I agree that this corn salad with avocado and tomatoes is a meal in itself! Which is just what I have been looking for. I have a daughter looking to be a vegetarian and so I have been looking for meals that we can have with meat yet still give her the nutrients she needs in a full meal. Perfect!

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Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness September 22, 2019 - 2:45 pm

5 stars
You can make corn in the Instant Pot?!?!? Is there anything that machine CAN’T do???
I only recently bought an Instant Pot, so I am VERY excited to try all these new things!

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Jenni LeBaron September 22, 2019 - 9:22 pm

5 stars
This cucumber corn salad looks mouthwateringly delicious! I love how fresh everything is and the Serrano pepper really adds a nice kick to things. This would make a great side for any meal!

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Amanda September 22, 2019 - 10:46 pm

5 stars
What a great summer salad! I love all those refreshing flavors, and the cilantro and jalapeno dressing is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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Renu September 23, 2019 - 10:04 am

5 stars
I am loving this. I love corn but never combined it with cucumber and added a dressing to it. I am just drooling over the pics and sure to make this soon.

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Jamie September 23, 2019 - 5:54 pm

5 stars
Corn and cucumber make such a good pairing! I love the crunchiness and flavors to this salad! Delicious!

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Ilona September 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm

5 stars
This will be a perfect salad for upcoming holiday season!

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Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle September 23, 2019 - 7:14 pm

5 stars
While it may be the first day of fall here, it still feels like summer in the south! This was delicious! I’m making it again later this week to take to a birthday dinner!

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Veena Azmanov September 23, 2019 - 10:09 pm

5 stars
Love the combinations to making this crunchy and healthy and delicious salad.

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Candiss September 23, 2019 - 10:43 pm

5 stars
I would have never thought to mix cucumber corn and avocado together but this salad looks amazing! I am going to have to try it!

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Lathiya September 24, 2019 - 9:47 pm

5 stars
I started having salads recently and this will be a great addition to that. I love you cooked corn in Instant pot.

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Ramona September 25, 2019 - 5:04 am

5 stars
This salad looks so yummy and amazing. The dressing sounds like such a delicious addition to this gorgeous looking salad. Definitely saving this recipe -oh, that corn!! Feel like snatching it off the screen right now – totally scrumptious!

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Lizzy September 25, 2019 - 5:57 am

This is so bright and summery! Has me already looking forward to next corn season here in New England

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Marisa F. Stewart September 27, 2019 - 2:37 pm

5 stars
We eat salads every night and I’m at the point where I just a bit tired of the same ole salad. NOW, this cucumber corn salad is so different that it would be a welcome change. I love the touch of the corn plus the cucumber.

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Sophie September 27, 2019 - 4:13 pm

Thank you so much, Marisa!

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Leslie September 28, 2019 - 12:33 pm

I like the idea of adding tortilla strips with this recipe. I always need a little bit of crunch in my salads. Love your flavors used in this recipe!

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Jenni LeBaron September 28, 2019 - 9:56 pm

5 stars
The flavors in this cucumber corn salad are so fresh and delicious! This would make an excellent side for any bbq or even as a great dish for weekly meal prep!

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Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness September 29, 2019 - 5:44 pm

5 stars
My husband HATES cucumbers but I would be all over this. More for me, right 😉 This looks amazing!!

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Amanda September 29, 2019 - 7:53 pm

5 stars
Love this salad! It’s super quick to put together and always a crowd favorite. Yum!

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Jess September 30, 2019 - 7:00 am

5 stars
What a delicious combination of textures and flavors! I would never have thought to put corn and cucumber together in a salad but this is such a great idea!

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