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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!

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8


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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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44 Responses to “Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette”

  1. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted September 1, 2011 at 5:58 am

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


  2. Apron Appealposted September 1, 2011 at 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.


  3. RavieNomNomsposted September 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

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


  4. Bella@WineandGoodFoodposted September 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

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


  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted September 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

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


  6. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted September 1, 2011 at 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. agposted September 1, 2011 at 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. Katrinaposted September 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

    That looks delicious!


  9. Kim - Liv Lifeposted September 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

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


  10. Steve @ HPDposted September 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

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


  11. Bev Weidnerposted September 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

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



  12. Lizposted September 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

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


  13. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

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


  14. pamposted September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

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


  15. Reese&Mark@SeasonWithSpiceposted September 1, 2011 at 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 Recipesposted September 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

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


  17. vianney/sweet lifeposted September 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    your too cute sommer..lovely salad!


  18. Liz @ Southern Charmposted September 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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


  19. Nanaposted September 1, 2011 at 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. Sandiposted September 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Looks & sounds so fresh!


  21. kankanaposted September 1, 2011 at 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 Serendipityposted September 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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


  23. Annposted September 2, 2011 at 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. Jeanetteposted September 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

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


  25. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted September 2, 2011 at 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. Jennposted September 2, 2011 at 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. nikkiposted September 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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


  28. Lynne @ 365 Days of Bakingposted September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love the addition of the grilled corn!


  29. Pachecopattyposted September 2, 2011 at 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 Pigletsposted September 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I’m with Krista – I LOVE the bowls!


  31. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted September 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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




  32. Eileenposted September 3, 2011 at 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@Cozydeliciousposted September 3, 2011 at 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. Kitaposted September 4, 2011 at 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. Dmarieposted September 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

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


  36. Karriann Grafposted September 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

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


  37. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchenposted September 4, 2011 at 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. RisaGposted September 4, 2011 at 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 Foodieposted September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    An excellent salad, the Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette sounds fantastic!


  40. Karen (Back Road Journal)posted September 8, 2011 at 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. Curtposted September 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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


  42. Yuriposted September 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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


  43. Amandaposted March 18, 2013 at 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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