Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn Avocado Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette

Corn and tomatoes are still growing strong here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This Grilled Corn Avocado Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette is a fantastic way to use up your “end of season” produce.

It’s an unexplainable truth that certain foods taste better when someone else makes them.

Take sandwiches for instance. My husband and I can stand side by side, making the exact same sandwich, down to the folding of the ham… and HIS will taste better to me. Very suspicious.

Grilled Corn Salad

Salads are the same way. There is no better salad than the one your friend makes.

This grilled corn salad happens to be one of my favorite salads. Warm grilled corn tenderly cut off the cob, avocado, vine ripened heirloom tomatoes, a touch of heat from red onion, fresh herbs, and a bold smokey paprika vinaigrette. It’s extremely satisfying and very well balanced in taste and texture.

BUT, I’d like it even better if YOU made it for me, I promise.

Avocado Salad


Not only do you get Grilled Corn Avocado Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette today; I’ve got an EXTRA salad recipe on the A Spicy Perspective Facebook Fan Page. Head on over to check out this quirky and irresistible mix!


Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette


4 ears of corn, shucked
10 oz. Herb Salad Mix
½ a small red onion, sliced thin
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, chopped
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. white truffle oil
3 Tb. rice vinegar
2 Tb. honey
1 tsp. salt
¾ tsp. Hot Smoked Paprika


Preheat the grill to heat heat.

Place the corn of the heated grill the cook for 5-8 minutes, turning regularly. Remove from heat.

Once cool enough to handle, cut the corn off the cobs.

Place the salad mix in a large bowl. Top with all remaining veggies.

Whisk together the oils, vinegar, honey, salt and paprika. Drizzle over the top.

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44 Responses to “Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 1, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Sounds like a fabulous salad. I know exactly what you mean about someone else making food–so weird!


  2. #
    Apron Appeal — September 1, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    I haven’t had any corn on the cob all season…what is wrong with me. I wonder if farm stand down the street still has good selection.


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    RavieNomNoms — September 1, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    This looks amazing! my kind of salad…Love that it has avocado in it!


  4. #
    Bella@WineandGoodFood — September 1, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    The salad looks amazing…perfect idea for a Labor Day BBQ!


  5. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 1, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Now this is a salad that I want to eat!! It looks so good! And I love those bowls!!


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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — September 1, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    That looks so delicious and all I need from the store is avocado (which is a must from my stand point)! I am in love with those bowls too!


  7. #
    ag — September 1, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I am SO loving this salad Sommer! I have been obsessed with making a smokey paprika vinaigrette since I saw it somewhere in a magazine…this combo of veggies and dressing go so perfect together. Your photos making me hungry! :)


  8. #
    Katrina — September 1, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    That looks delicious!


  9. #
    Kim - Liv Life — September 1, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    This is SO my kind of salad… I’m loving everything about it. The flavors are ideal!!


  10. #
    Steve @ HPD — September 1, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I could have avocado and grilled corn twice a day for life. Cheers!


  11. #
    Bev Weidner — September 1, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    w.o.w. Seriously, this gave me vertigo and called me Rhonda. ???



  12. #
    Liz — September 1, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Oh, I think this is my dream salad…and with those gorgeous cherry tomatoes…..mmmmmmmm.


  13. #
    Amy @ Gastronome Tart — September 1, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and the perfect way to end the summer.


  14. #
    pam — September 1, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    This salad sounds perfect and I would LOVE for someone to make it for me!


  15. #
    Reese&Mark@SeasonWithSpice — September 1, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Always love how you add in a bit of spice in every recipe. Hot smoked paprika is perfect in salads.

    Thanks again Sommer for stopping by Season with Spice for a feature interview!


  16. #
    Angie's Recipes — September 1, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Sommer, this should easily reach Top 9 by tomorrow! I love how colourful your corn salad looks!


  17. #
    vianney/sweet life — September 1, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    your too cute sommer..lovely salad!


  18. #
    Liz @ Southern Charm — September 1, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Looks amazing and fresh! What a perfect transition to fall dish! A must try :)


  19. #
    Nana — September 1, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Well, this Oklahoma summer has burned up all our corn and tomatoes, but we can still get them at the market. I had such beautiful herbs also but, alas, cooked in the sun. However, I definitely love this salad and you are so right, it always taste better to me when someone else prepares it.


  20. #
    Sandi — September 1, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    Looks & sounds so fresh!


  21. #
    kankana — September 1, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    I hear you. There are certain such dishes which my husband makes so better. I will follow his recipe point by point and yet it never comes out that yum!
    This corn salad is looking so refreshing.. should grill the corns before summer is gone.


  22. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 1, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Grilled corn and avocado are one of my favorite summer combinations. This salad looks delicious!


  23. #
    Ann — September 2, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    Delicious salad….and that’s EXACTLY why my husband asks me to make his sandwiches…he said he can make the same thing and mine taste better!


  24. #
    Jeanette — September 2, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    This is one of my favorite summer salad combinations – and that smokey paprika vinaigrette sounds divine!


  25. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — September 2, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    I love the addition of avacado – actually I love it all! Great idea and can’t wait to try the vinaigrette! Have a wonderful holiday weekend :)


  26. #
    Jenn — September 2, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    This salad sounds delicious! Just FYI, white truffle oil is not made with real truffles (mushrooms). It is simply oil with artificial flavoring and a high price tag :)


    • Sommer — September 2nd, 2011 @ 9:50 am

      Thanks Jenn. Yes, white truffle oil is no substitute for real truffles, but as most of us can’t get them, it still offers a lovely earthy pungency that really adds to this vinaigrette. :)


  27. #
    nikki — September 2, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    It’s so pretty! I am going to make it just because your pictures are fabulous!


  28. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — September 2, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Love the addition of the grilled corn!


  29. #
    Pachecopatty — September 2, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Your salad is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, so sorry to say goodbye!


  30. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 3, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I’m with Krista – I LOVE the bowls!


  31. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — September 3, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Oooh, Delicious and inspiring as always!!! Gorgeous salad and wonderful clicks too :)




  32. #
    Eileen — September 3, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    Sommer I can so relate to a sandwich or salad tasting better when made by someone else. My husband tells me the same thing when I make him one too. You’re right – very suspicious – lol… Your salad looks delicious – you can make me one anytime you want :)


  33. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — September 3, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    So true about salads someone else makes! Wonder why that is… Anyway, this viinagrette looks wonderful! The combo of truffle oil and paprika and rice vinegar – so creative!


  34. #
    Kita — September 4, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    I made a grilled corn salad earlier this year and fell in love! This vinaigrette sounds fantastic – especially if I don’t have to make it!


  35. #
    Dmarie — September 4, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    you are one of the few who can make me actually crave SALAD…thanks, Spicy!!


  36. #
    Karriann Graf — September 4, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Great use of spices, this salad looks divine! Happy Cooking!


  37. #
    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — September 4, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    Sommer, you are so right! I don’t know why that is. One of life’s mysteries but hey, isn’t it a good one!

    Gorgeous salad. Those tomatoes look amazing.


  38. #
    RisaG — September 4, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    This sounds so good. I have most of the ingredients except the avocado. Hmmm…the wheels are turning!

    Thanks for the fabulous recipe. Got to try it. BTW, I know exactly what you mean about someone making the same thing and it tasting so much better. Don’t understand it but it is very true.


  39. #
    5 Star Foodie — September 5, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    An excellent salad, the Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette sounds fantastic!


  40. #
    Karen (Back Road Journal) — September 8, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    What a beautiful salad. I have white truffle oil but have never thought to use it in a dressing. I am loaded with heirloom tomatoes right now and this is a lovely recipe to use some. It looks like black cherry tomatoes in the photos and I have some. Great blog…I will return.


  41. #
    Curt — September 10, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Yum, grilled corn. I love it when the corn is slightly grilled like that.


  42. #
    Yuri — September 11, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    That vinaigrette sounds fabulous and the ingredients in the salad look so delicious together :) love it!


  43. #
    Amanda — March 18, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Fantastic salad thanks. Made it yesterday and it went down a treat. Only addition I made was some lightly roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the top. My family love these and they’re so good for them.


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