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Spicy Grilled Corn Salad for #SundaySupper

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad | Magnolia Days

The tiny plant started to grow. It was early in the season and a few cold snaps didn’t phase it at all. Each day it grew a little more. A small white flower bloomed signalling all was well. The bloom was followed by more and soon after tiny green peppers took their place. I patiently waited for the right time to harvest. It was with those first peppers I made spicy grilled corn salad.

Jalapeno Plant | Magnolia Days

Waiting for the plant to grow seemed to take forever. It is my very first jalapeño plant. I was amazed at how quickly it grew. It is now full of peppers and making me happy at the thought of all the fresh-picked ones I’ll have this summer. I can see spicing up many recipes and perhaps tackling poppers for the first time too. Meanwhile I have this corn salad to enjoy. The sweet corn, spicy peppers, juicy tomatoes, crumbly feta cheese, and fresh herbs come together with a lime vinaigrette seasoned with the warmth of cumin and chili powder. Grilling the corn gives it an extra smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled meats.

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad | Magnolia Days

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad is my dish for a virtual BBQ. The Sunday Supper bloggers have come together to share recipes for any summer celebration. There are beverages, desserts, and everything in between. Scroll down to see the list. The recipes are a click away.

What do you enjoy most at a BBQ? It’s hard for me to choose what I like best. It’s a tie between the food and spending time with family and friends. Speaking of food, one other thing I like to make for BBQ’s is Asian Slaw. It’s a hit every time. I’m sure my corn salad will make repeat appearances at events too.

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

A recipe for a spicy grilled corn salad made with tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, spices, and fresh herbs. It is tossed with a lime vinaigrette dressing.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 olive oil plus more for brushing
  • 8 ears of corn husks and silks removed
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno peppers seeds removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Whisk together the lime juice, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl. Continue whisking while slowing pouring in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream to make a vinaigrette.
  2. Prepare a medium hot grill (about 350 degrees F).
  3. Brush the corn with olive oil. Place the ears on the grill and cook, turning the ears often, until lightly charred and tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Let the corn cool enough to handle. Cut the kernels off the cobs and place kernels in a large bowl.
  5. Add the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, feta, and vinaigrette. Toss to combine ingredients and coat with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately or let set for 1 hour for flavors to develop. Alternatively, chill and serve cold or bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for a spicy grilled corn salad made with tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, spices, and fresh herbs. It is tossed with a lime vinaigrette dressing.

Recipe adapted from one on the Williams-Sonoma website.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings

Thursday 4th of July 2013

Homegrown peppers just taste better! I can't wait "till I can pick mine!


Friday 5th of July 2013

I totally agree! I can't wait to see what you make with your peppers too.


Thursday 4th of July 2013

Yummy! I love grilled corn and this grilled corn salad sounds wonderful.


Friday 5th of July 2013

Thank you Heather!

Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

I didn't grow jalapenos this year, and I regret that I didn't. I suppose it's not too late to get a plant in the ground, because corn and jalapenos are a natural together. Your recipe looks great! It's one I'm planning to try.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

It's not too late to plant jalapenos. Perhaps you can find some already with a good start at a nursery. I agree on how jalapenos and corn go well together. It's the sweet/spicy combo.

Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba)

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Grilled corn is awesome, the only way to do it IMHO

Family Foodie

Monday 1st of July 2013

I am so jealous of all of the plants and vegetables you grow! It really is so neat! This corn salad looks and sounds delicious. I would love some of it right now.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Thank you Isabel!