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roasted corn, tomato & basil salad

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Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

I need to brag for a minute.

I have successfully grown plants. Yes, plural! I’m not going to publicly call it a garden quite yet, but in my mind it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to grow edible plants. Ok, I’ll tell you. Pretty much every year, I’ve tried – and failed – to grow vegetables, herbs, and really anything.

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

But that all changed. And this year, I have jalapenos, flowers, succulents, a money tree, cactus and a big OL’ pot of basil. The basil just started multiplying. And then I started to panic…how do I use it fast enough? What can I do besides make pesto (which is a whole conversation in itself)?

So I took the best produce of summer and combined it all together in one, tasty salad.

Can we talk about summer for a minute though? We have done NOTHING. We haven’t gone to the beach, we haven’t been to Malibu, we haven’t even been to the Hollywood Bowl and we haven’t gone to one outdoor movie. We’ve visited our pool once – pathetic. Our favorite outdoor movie location isn’t happening this summer, which is really depressing, we have a few outdoor shows later this summer and we keep talking about the beach, but ugh, we really need to get going.

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Another important topic: not only is this the summer of plants, but it’s the summer of corn. And, I like it. Mexican Street Corn Crostini was a great start to the corn season and I think I’ve got at least one more in me!

But this corn salad could also be considered a salsa, a topping for anything grilled, scrambled eggs or a topping for a green or tomato salad. The possibilities are endless. (And what I really mean is, put this on anything and everything.)

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

This recipe comes together really quickly, simply shake together the dressing and toss all ingredients together.

Enjoy! (Are you crossing things off on your summer-do list?)

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Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
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  • 16 oz fire roasted corn, or about 4 cups of grilled corn
  • 16 oz grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups basil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Sauté corn lightly if using frozen. Set aside.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half.
  3. Soak onion slices in cold water. (To lessen the intensity.)
  4. Thinly slice the basil into ribbons.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients in small jar. Shake together.
  6. Stir together all ingredients but basil, then gently add basil and stir just until combined.


  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 11
  • Fat: 4
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0

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  1. She Rocks Fitness

    YEAH to successfully growing plants! I won’t even try that here in Houston, because it is so freaking HOT…HA! This salad looks awesome and I am currently obsessed with corn, tomatoes, and avocados. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mercedes

    Nice job on the garden Em! I have attempted to grow a basil plant this year, but I keep it at my brother’s house therefore only get over to water it oh you know maybe once a week, so this might be the last week of it’s life. But I will call keeping it alive from May-July success! What a great salad to celebrate all of the best of summer produce!

  3. mary beth

    this looks so good! and congrats on the plants. maybe kale is in your future after all?! love the post and the double bowls in your shot. so interesting!

  4. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner

    The rabbits ate my zucchini and cucumbers. My pepper plant had one lone pepper on it that kept getting bigger and bigger but the plant itself never did, so the pepper rotted and fell off. Now I’m just hoping my lettuce and tomatoes pull through! Congrats on growing things. 🙂

  5. erin

    I had high hopes to grow at least herbs this summer… yeah, hasn’t happened. Nor has really anything else on my summer bucket list, thanks to IMWI training. Oh well… have a ton of fun doing that 🙂 This salad looks awesome… how delish would it be with tortilla chips, too?!