Corn and Tomato Salad & Meal Planning

Corn and Tomato Salad |

I am sort of addicted to this salad. I was trying to come up with a side dish last week when I thought we were out of all vegetables. I found a few sweet peppers, tomatoes and shallots in the drawer of my fridge and I always have frozen corn in the freezer. I think most people have had some version of this salad and often you’ll see something similar in a salsa form. I haven’t made a corn salad since last summer and this one is a little different because I omitted the black beans and added the sweet peppers and shallots.

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It’s such an easy, super side that goes well with a variety of dishes- it can be served as a side dish along a protein, with a vegetarian meal, whenever you are making Mexican food. It’s even great as a dip/salsa for tortilla chips.

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I started craving it and made it three times over the last week (by the way, those big bags of mini sweet peppers go a long way!).  It will be great to make again once I get my hands on some fresh summer corn. Which by the way, summer weather is here in Washington. High 70s, low 80s, blue skies…I am ready to start my regular weekly farmer’s market shopping! Who has already started going?

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Meal Planning is going to be pretty simple for us this week. Again, I feel like we are always watching our spending so I can go crazy like I’d want to. We aren’t doing anything special to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but I’ve got to at least make some Mexican food. Being from San Antonio, Texas means I am (sort of, not really, but sure feels like) I am part Hispanic.



Crunchy Chicken Tacos, Hot Beans & Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Guacamole


Breakfast tacos, Corn and Tomato Salad


Vegan Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries


Homemade Mac and Cheese, Tossed Green Salad (going to make this more of an entree salad with loads of stuff for the adults)


Asparagus and Green Onion Tart, Salad


Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Mini Pizzas, leftover veggies


Out to eat!

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Corn and Tomato Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet mini peppers
  • 1 small shallot, minced (~3 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine corn through cilantro in a medium sized bowl. Stir and set aside.
  2. To make dressing, combine oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well and pour over corn salad. Toss well to combine.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo and have a great week!

Question: What are you making this week? Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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  1. Oh yum!! There is nothing better than the combo of fresh corn and tomatoes… we ate it often right out of my parent’s garden growing up, and I still love it!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      What fun memories! I hope my kids remember that from our garden experience even though I kind of have a black-thumb….we usually get something going.

  2. Beautiful! We are expecting a bumper crop of tomatoes this year, so this is a definite keeper.
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  3. Looks delish! Your blog is always my favorite!

    Sunday: Baked sweet potatoes and roasted asparagus (one of our kids’ favorite meals)
    Monday: Chopped salad by Gretchen
    Tuesday: Vegan Tortilla soup with cilantro lime rice
    Wednesday: Baked potatoes and roasted kale
    Thursday: Leftover soup
    Friday: Pizza night. (this has been on our menu for months and we haven’t had it in sooo long!)
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Thanks Britt- you are sweet and you made my day. ;) And I love that your kids love sweet potatoes & asparagus!

  4. Helen says:

    Feliz cinco de mayo!
    And, the salad looks so good! I love tomatoes, so this will be definitely on my list of things to make. I’m growing some tomatoes in my backyard and I will be using them to make this.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Ooh, good luck with your tomatoes. Mine just got planted a few weeks ago so I am crossing my fingers!

  5. Bree says:

    I can see why you’re addicted- looks great!

  6. Such a pretty salad, and sounds delicious too! Just had some chicken tacos for dinner, followed by Derby Pie my friend made yesterday. Not a bad way to end the week :-). Your meal plan sounds yummy, and hope you have a fabulous week!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Well that sounds delicious! I just started salivating just from the mention of Derby Pie!

  7. This looks delicious. I love fresh corn salad and perfect for the warmer weather!
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  8. Yummmm. ALL THAT CILANTRO!!! I was sold at the first photo!
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  9. I actually made a version of this last night to go with our dinner last night. So good! Can’t wait for corn season this summer.
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  10. I’m a huge fan of sweetcorn, so this should be right up my street. Also, how did it go with your kids choosing the dinners last week, did they like them?
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Well the steak dinner chosen by my daughter was a hit (we rarely buy red meat but they always enjoy it when they do have it). I had to bump the chicken pot pie soup but not it’s in the 80s here in Washington and we don’t AC so I won’t be making it until it cools down! He’s ok with it, but I am curious to see what he thinks. ;)

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  12. Pam says:

    I have a similar recipe and just love it. It is also tasty as a side to grilled fish!

  13. Mmmm, that looks great! Corn is one of those foods I rarely think of, but then when I eat it, I’m always surprised at how good it is.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Yes, I do forget about corn and I was surprised at how good this was with the frozen corn. Typically not my fav but with all the additions you couldn’t really tell!

  14. Dana says:

    I have not had a meal plan for the last two weeks & it has reminded me how much easier dinnertime is with a plan.
    Monday- quinoa & black bean tacos
    Tuesday- beef stew-per my kids request, cuban black bean for adults with quinoa, avocados, tomoates, lime
    Wednesday- tortilla soup
    Thursday- spagetti squash topped with roasted brussel sprouts, red onion & eggplant
    Friday- breakfast tacos, tofu scramble for adults, eggs for kids.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Seriously, on the rare occasion I don’t plan I always regret it during the week.

  15. Maria Tadic says:

    I love quick salads like this! And I feel like when you feel like there’s nothing in the fridge, these salads end up being particularly delicious!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      You are so right Maria. I was anticipating the worst and so that probably made it taste even better!

  16. Your salad looks delicious! We just made a similar corn salad over the weekend, but grilling the corn and adding chicken to make it a one-pot meal. It was SO good! I love quick salads, especially when the weather is warmer!

  17. This sounds delicious, Melanie! A perfect side dish for the warmer months!
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