Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

This Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad is a fresh and light side dish perfect for summer.

We try to teach our kids the value of money. They earn an allowance by doing chores throughout the week. Today, I looked out the kitchen window to see my son spraying sunblock in the air like tropical air freshener. All I saw was a mist of dollar bills - that stuff is liquid gold. Lesson fail.

Speaking of wasting money, I’m pretty sure the ice cream truck guy is stalking us. I swear he pulls his van up to our house and turns up his carnival music. It puts me in an awkward position. I look like the grumpy mom if I deny my kids, who are jumping up and down in front of the truck, ice cream in this blasted heat.

Even though my kids use their own money they’ve earned, the prices are ridiculously high. I give in every once in a while…immediately followed by a lecture about how you can buy a whole carton of ice cream for the same price that the ice cream truck charges for one. We have a freezer full of said ice cream but the allure of a colorfully painted truck driven by a creepy guy is for some reason much more appealing to them.

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything

This salad can be summed up in one word. FRESH.

Fresh off-the-ear corn, fragrant tomatoes, and perfectly ripe avocados – firm but creamy. You could use frozen corn here but why not take advantage of the fresh corn available right now. It’s all tossed in a lime and cilantro dressing for a bright and summer infused side dish.

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad | The Girl Who Ate EverythingI had this at a friend’s house this week for a BBQ and I knew that I would be making it as soon as I could get the chance. It’s best to let the flavors blend in the fridge for a little bit for the most flavor.

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything

Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked corn, fresh or frozen (see Note)
  • 1-2 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion in a large glass bowl. Mix together the dressing ingredients in another bowl, pour over the salad, and gently toss to mix. Chill salad for an hour or two to let flavors blend.

Notes

Fresh corn is really best to use here. Cut it off the ear and boil it for 3-4 minutes to cook it. I love it almost a little crunchy. You can even stick it in raw if that's what you like.

Source: Paula Deen

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  1. Sounds wonderful and a meal in itself! I’m adding it to our menu for the 4th!

    Thanks!

  2. This post cracked me up. I was laughing at your son using sunblock as air freshener…then I realized I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing with tanning oil. Whoops.

  3. I just cut the corn off the ear and toss it in the salad. My mother and sister always did this. It is ok to eat raw corn????

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Yes, I love it raw. I’m not sure everyone else does but I feel like it gives it a good crunch.

      • CHU: El Aguacate Loco says:

        Presenting El Aguacate loco! How loco is el aguacate ju as? El aguacate he is so loco, he say he not a fruit and he not a vegtable. No he say he is a tornado. Oh quemi he is so loco he say he is a tomato.
        He say sometimes he is tuna fish. El Aguacate Loco he tinks hes a bird in desguise snd no one can take hi feathers away.
        He tinks he is the whole enchilada. He say “am not just guacamole you know!”
        Some times hes ambrosier.
        oh today he was cranberry. Yesterday he was grapes. Sometimes he gets so cheesy.

  4. I wish I had a big bowl of that right in front of my face right now!

  5. This looks incredible! This would be perfect for a barbecue with friends!

  6. This is one of my favourte summer salad combos!

  7. I was looking for a good healthy recipe to make this week! Thanks for posting!
    Julie @ http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com

  8. The colors in this salad looks amazing! Looks simple to whip up. Probably I’ll have an idea what to bring for my next party. Thanks for the share ;)

  9. perfect summer salad!

  10. I’m the weirdo mom that loves the ice cream truck! It just doesn’t come around very often, so when it does I’m all CHILDHOOD MEMORIES! YOU WILL HAVE SOME! ;)

    This salad sounds amazing! So fresh and summery!

  11. Corn, avocado, and tomatoes were meant for one another. Such a good summer combination!

  12. I found a recipe similar to this on another blog not too long ago. Try making it with a cup of cooked orzo, and adding some chili powder to the dressing. It’s pretty amazing. :)

  13. Looks divine. Will be making this for the 4th of July!!!

  14. hahah creepy ice cream guy…we don’t have one by us but when we went on vacation there was and I was a sucker every time…sometimes twice and that was just for me before kids..now I would be the grumpy mom saying NO. however totally saying yes to this salad.

  15. refreshing and colorful

  16. I have honestly never seen an ice cream truck in person.
    My aunt tricked my cousin into thinking that the music only plays when they’re out of ice cream in order to save some money.
    Salad looks great :)

  17. Never mind the “sounds good”, “looks divine”, etc. It is out of this world!!! I made it for supper.tonight. My honey doesn’t eat avocodo, or tomatoes! More for me!!

  18. Made this today and it was so good. I did add alittle sugar to the dressing to cut some of the acid but followed the recipe as written. Will be making this again and again. Thank you for a great recipe.

  19. Love that combination! I add cucumber and shredded spinach leaves, so fresh and tasty.

  20. I made this tonight and it is AMAZING. thanks for posting it.

  21. I made this for a 4th of July potluck and it was a big hit! So light and fresh! Thanks! I’ll be making this again!

  22. Can’t wait to make this! I LOVE everything in this salad. Thanks for posting!

    yummexperience.blogspot.com

    -michaela

  23. This looks delicious, and easy! Pretty pictures – I want to dive right in!

  24. I’m worried about the avacado turning brown if it sits for an hour…anyone had problems with that?

    Thanks!

  25. Linda Cottrell says:

    Almost everything displayed on your website gives me a great need to taste the dish. I so much enjoy your recipes and ideas. Keep them coming.

  26. The corn, avocado and tomato salad looks delicious! It sounds perfect for this hot summer weather! I can’t wait to try it!

  27. Just made this corn salad, omit the avocado used cucumbers instead! Sooo Good!