Grandma Dorothea’s Corn Salad Recipe

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This easy corn salad recipe will become a staple in your summertime home, following in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps.

Reese Witherspoon's Corn Salad Recipe

Y’all know how much I love Reese Witherspoon’s cookbook, Whiskey in a Teacup, right?! Her Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is out of this world, and the Chili Cornbread Pie is the hearty comfort food we all know and love. 

But, this corn salad recipe is summertime in a bowl. Fresh corn shucked into a bowl, with tomatoes, green onions, herbs, and a mustardy vinaigrette. This is a salad that travels to all the potlucks and keeps well overnight. 

Corn Salad Recipe idea with tomatoes

I’ve talked about my dad’s garden before, and the summers we spent picking and snapping green beans.

Well, add shucking corn to the list! Farmer Danny Boy grows LOTS of corn. Like a couple of thousand ears one time… My mom loves it! Loves fresh corn on the cob, but loves it, even more, when she pulls a bag from the freezer in February and gets a taste of that summertime sweetness. 

We (and by we, I mean my family plus extended family!) would spend hours shucking the corn, boiling it, scraping it off the cob, scooping into bags, and freezing.

corn salad recipe

I love a simple salad that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients that travels well. This salad you can make the night before and take with you to a picnic lunch or to the neighborhood BBQ potluck. The longer it sits the more the flavors develop. Tangy mustard and vinegar are mixed with sugar for an added sweetness, salt, pepper, and oil. SUPER simple!!

And, I’m just saying, this vinaigrette is great on any salad. 

corn salad recipe from reese witherspoonThere is no need to cook the corn in the salad — you’ll shuck your corn, and run your knife down each side to get the kernels off. I’ve seen all kinds of “tricks” for this process, and by far the best one is just cutting the kernels off into a large bowl. I used the bowl I was making the salad in. Stand your cob up in the center of the bowl, and gently run a sharp knife all around to get the kernels off.

corn salad recipe from reese witherspoon's whiskey in a teacup

The tomatoes used in the photos are the “Heavenly Villagio Marzano Tomatoes” from Trader Joe’s. They look like long droplets, and are just absolutely delicious!! I cut them in half lengthwise, and then crosswise, so you end up with four pieces per little tomato.

This corn salad is the perfect side dish to any of these recipes:

For variations on this try some of these tips:

  • Grill the corn before taking off the cobb
  • Add in crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh

Need a few more Summertime Salad ideas?

corn salad recipe idea from reese witherspoon

Talk about a picnic-worthy side dish idea! Package individual servings in small mason jars, paired with some “pick up” fried chicken and sweet tea, and a gathering is made! 

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Grandma Dorothea’s Corn Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: american


This easy corn salad recipe will become a staple in your summertime home, following in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps.


  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ cup canola or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ears corn, shucked, kernels removed (about 6 cups)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh herb leaves (such as basil, cilantro, chives, tarragon, or flat-leaf parsley), finely chopped


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, lime juice, Dijon, salt, pepper, sugar, and shallot, and set aside for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  2. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil to make a dressing. (Make the dressing a day or two in advance, if needed, and chill until ready to use.)
  3. To the dressing, add corn, tomatoes, green onions, and herbs, and toss well to combine. Season to taste with salt and serve at room temperature, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

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