Corn Salad

Light, Refreshing and made with tender sweet corn kernels, this No Oil Corn Salad is your ultimate snack option this monsoon.

Corn Salad

Beginning the week with a light and refreshing salad recipe. Presenting Corn Salad Recipe that is a colorful, loaded with vegetables and a delicious salad for the entire family.

Frankly, all it takes is 15 mins of chopping the ingredients or prep time. Some freshly chopped herbs, lemon, Za’atar Spice, Pink Salt and Smoked Paprika for the heat, make this salad bowl irresistible.

Oh before I forget, let me share one important information – This Corn Salad Recipe Contains Zero Oil, No Mayo, No Heavy Salad Dressings etc. It is light, quick, refreshing to your palate and can be made instantly with ingredients easily available in your refrigerator and/or pantry.

Corn Salad Recipe Contains No Oil
Colors on the Plate – Refreshing Corn Salad

Most of us feel hungry during the evenings, say between 4 pm to 5 pm, myself included! The Corn Salad is your ultimate snack goal. Serve them with couple of Methi Khakras and you have your filling evening snack. Frankly, I tend to skip dinner after this filling snack.

Corn Salad with Khakras for 4pm snack
4 pm Snack – Methi Khakras with Corn Salad

If you are looking for kid friendly 4 pm snack recipes with CORN, then please check out the Oats Paneer Corn Tikkis, No Fry Broccoli Corn Balls and Veggies Paneer loaded Grilled Sandwich.

Since I usually steam a batch of corn kernels and refrigerate during monsoons, I end up using them in variety of recipes. You may want to check out Bhutte aur Palak Ki Sabzi (Corn Spinach Veg) and Sweet Corn Capsicum Paneer Masala Rice which is a great lunch box recipe as well.

As mentioned above, this is an oil free recipe but feel free to add some extra virgin olive oil or good quality avocado oil. Frankly, it does not need the oil and once you taste it, you would agree!

Ingredients for Corn Salad

Ingredients for Corn Salad

Variations for Making Corn Salad

You can make this salad with multiple vegetables or even with 1 or 2 available in your refrigerator.

Options for Vegetables

  • Carrots (Grated or finely chopped)
  • Yellow and Red Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers (chopped so that it makes the salad less soggy)
  • Some leafy greens like lettuce or microgreens of your choice

Spice Blends

  • A mix of Olive oil + Salt + Pepper and lemon juice – Basic salad Dressing
  • Honey Mustard Sauce or Vinaigrette
  • Indian Style – Chaat Masala Powder with some roasted jeera powder along with kala namak and red chilli powder.
Corn Salad - Best 4pm snack option

Corn Salad

Vidya Narayan
Light, quick Corn Salad Recipe with No Oil, No Mayo or any heavy salad dressings. Refreshing, easy to feed a crowd or serve as an evening snack at home.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup Sweet Corn Kernels (Steamed with salt and turmeric) 1 cup is 250 ml measurement
  • 3/4 cup Shimla Mirch or Green Bell Pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Finely chopped Onion
  • 4-5 nos Olives (sliced) Save few and serve on side or garnish
  • 4-5 nos Jalapeno Peppers (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Mint Leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp Za'atar Spice Powder heaped tsp
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika Powder


  • In a clean dry bowl, add all the chopped vegetables (corn, capsicum, tomatoes, onions)
  • Now add the chopped olives, jalapenos along with mint and coriander leaves. Toss lightly.
  • Add the za'atar spice along with salt to taste, smoked paprika powder
  • Squeeze lemon juice and mix everything well.
  • Serve immediately with some Methi Khakras, Tortilla or Nachos or simply enjoy as a light meal.


  • If you plan to carry this salad to work, please pack 2 separate boxes – One with the vegetables and other with the spice powders + Salt and carry the lemon wedges separately. Squeeze the lime, mix the spices and toss – Eat! 
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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. Swati

    So birght and colorful..for me Chaat masala and lemon are the best seasoning for corn salad.. loved your version with za’atar spice mix with Mediterranean flavours!!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Swaty, I am a big fan of Za’atar. While it is used more for breads and labneh, I so love it on my salads! thank you!

    2. Vidya Narayan

      Za’atar adds so much of flavour Swaty. I love it.

  2. Geeta Konda

    5 stars
    A quick and healthy snack for the monsoons. Tempting pic ?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Indeed yes Geeta, thank you so much!

    1. Vidya Narayan


    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you for stopping by and glad you liked the blog. Cheers!

  3. Stine Mari

    5 stars
    I love that you added za’atar to this corn salad, that sounds delicious. And yes, it’s definitely a snack goal!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you Stine.

  4. Amanda

    5 stars
    I love all the flavor going on with the sweet corn. I wouldn’t have thought to add olives, but it’s such a nice addition. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      my pleasure, thanks Amanda!

  5. Kelly Anthony

    5 stars
    This corn salad is everything a salad needs to be, light, quick, and refreshing. It’s the perfect salad for a hot summer day.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Agree with you Kelly.

  6. Ramona

    5 stars
    This recipe is great for a BBQ side or any potluck party to take along. I love the addition of jalapenos – gorgeous!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you

  7. Kacie Morgan

    5 stars
    I’m always hunting for new ways to use corn and this looks like the ultimate corn salad <3

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Very kind Kacie!

  8. Dee

    5 stars
    What a refreshing and vibrant dish! I would eat that for lunch/brunch dinner and a snack! The kids can eat cereal…lol! Love it!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Haha. Absolutely! Thanks

  9. Jere Cassidy

    5 stars
    This is my kind of salad with all the great colorful ingredients. Right now all the best corn is showing up at farmer’s markets so this is a perfect recipe to try.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Jere, glad you liked the recipe.

  10. Erika

    5 stars
    I love the colors and the presentation of the salad. I also love the addition of jalapeños to add some spice.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Jalapenos are my fav Erika. Thanks.

  11. Karyl Henry

    5 stars
    I’m not a big fan of olives but I’m loving everything else in this corn salad! And you’re right, it’s a perfect snack or an appetizer. This would be a big hit at our tailgating this football season

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you so much Karyl.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Cathleen

  12. Linda

    5 stars
    Love this salad and how vibrant it looks. The combination sounds refreshing and perfect for summertime.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Linda.

  13. Sophie

    5 stars
    This reminds me of Indian corn chaat which I loved so much during my visit to Bangalore. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      How lovely to hear that Sophie. I adore chaats too. Thanks.

  14. Jacqueline Debono

    5 stars
    This corn salad looks so fresh and healthy! I’ve actually never made a salad without oil but am dying to try your recipe! Love that you have used jalapenos!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks and hope you like it.

  15. Mirlene

    5 stars
    If there is anything better than corn salad that would this no oil corn salad 🙂 Fantastic ingredients, and just a great dish to serve at home!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Mirlene

  16. Lathiya

    5 stars
    I love such a hearty and easy dishes to have when I have a time constraint. This corn salad looks healthy and delicious.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you

  17. Stephanie Simmons

    This looks like one of those snacks that I would not be able to stop eating! Love how simple it is to make, too

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I agree, pretty simple!

  18. Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Love this colourful and nutritious salad. I make something similar . I add raw mango minus the olives and Zatar. Your version looks great too. A guilt free snack for sure.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you Preethi.

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