Be the most popular person at your next group BBQ or picnic by bringing along a great big bowl of this grilled corn salsa. The ideal summer side dish, this homemade salsa is packed full of colorful veggies, taste bud-tingling flavors and incredibly moreish textures. There’s so much deliciousness in every bite that the people you serve it to won’t even realize how healthy it is.
5 veggies in every serving
Each serving of this delicious grilled corn salsa contains 5 vegetables:
There’s no actual avocado in the recipe. But you brush the cobs with avocado oil before cooking on the grill, so it still counts! With so many nutritious veggies in one dish, every serving is absolutely bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help keep everyone feeling healthy and happy.
One of my favorite things about this salsa is that it’s the perfect way to get people to eat healthily without them realizing it. When you try to give kids salad for dinner, they’ll often complain about eating a healthy dish. But give them a bowl of this grilled corn salsa along with some tortilla chips for a snack and they’ll think they’re getting a junk food treat when they’re really not.
This stuff tastes so great that even fussy adults who don’t like to eat their veggies love it.
All the colors of the rainbow
Because it contains so many different ingredients, this healthy corn salsa is one of the most beautiful side dishes you’ll ever make in your life. Not only is it bursting with color, but it’s bursting with texture and flavor, too. The soft tomatoes and juicy corn contrast beautifully with the crunchy red onion. When you scoop up some of the salsa with a crisp tortilla chip, the sensation is amazing!
The flavors are the perfect balance of complementing and contrasting, too. The sweetness of the corn and tomato goes amazing with the spicy heat from the jalapeño and the tartness of the lime. After one mouthful you’ll be going back for another and another…
Alternative cooking method
The best way to make this healthy corn salsa is definitely on the grill. When you cook the corn this way, it gets a deliciously smoky and slightly caramelized flavor you can’t get any other way. But if you don’t have a grill or don’t want the hassle of firing yours up, you can make this homemade corn salsa another way.
Follow step 1 and 2, but instead of placing the corn cobs on the grill, place them onto a griddle dish or pan pre-heated to a medium heat. Follow the same steps of turning the corn over repeatedly and waiting until the kernels have started to blacken before turning off the heat, removing the cobs from the pan and using them to make the salsa.
What to serve with this grilled corn salsa
If you want to switch up your sides, you could serve this grilled corn salsa as an accompaniment to classic vegan beyond meat burgers or healthy vegan beet bean burgers. It’s a fun alternative to the fries you usually get with a burger.
Grilled Corn Salsa
- 4 corn on the cob
- 1/4 cup red onion diced
- 2 plum tomatoes chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
- 1 tbsp avocado oil or other vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Shuck the corn cobs to get rid of the leaves.
- Brush the kernels with avocado oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place the corn cobs on the grill. Turn often and cook for about 10 minutes, until they’re charred all over.
- Cut the individual corn kernels off the cob and place them into a large bowl.
- Add the red onion, tomato, pepper, lime, cilantro and cumin into the bowl with the corn and mix everything together.
- Taste and add more seasoning, if desired, before serving with tortilla chips.