Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette

Zesty Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette RecipeThis Grilled Corn Avocado Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette is a fantastic way to use up your farmers market produce.

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette Recipe

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.

Making Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette Recipe

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

Hot Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette Recipe

Today’s Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette happens to be one of my favorite late summer 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.

Crunchy Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette Recipe

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette is extremely satisfying and very well balanced in taste and texture.

But… I’d like it even better if you made it for me. *wink*

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette Recipe

Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette - This amazing summer salad is packed with flavor and texture. The zingy dressing is mixed with smoked paprika for contrast!
Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 621mg 26%
Potassium 896mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 34.3%
Vitamin C 66.6%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 10.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 10 ounces herb salad mix
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon white truffle oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika


  1. Preheat the grill to heat heat. Place the corn on the heated grill the cook for 5-8 minutes, turning regularly. Remove from heat.
  2. Once cool enough to handle, cut the corn off the cobs.
  3. Place the salad mix in a large bowl. Top with corn kernels, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
  4. Whisk together the oils, vinegar, honey, salt and paprika. Drizzle over the top and toss!

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44 comments on “Grilled Corn Salad with Smokey Vinaigrette

  1. Amandaposted March 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply

    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.

  2. Yuriposted September 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm Reply

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

  3. Curtposted September 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm Reply

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

  4. Karen (Back Road Journal)posted September 8, 2011 at 6:14 am Reply

    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.

  5. 5 Star Foodieposted September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am Reply

    An excellent salad, the Smokey Paprika Vinaigrette sounds fantastic!

  6. RisaGposted September 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm Reply

    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.

  7. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchenposted September 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm Reply

    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.

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

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

  9. Dmarieposted September 4, 2011 at 8:52 am Reply

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

  10. Kitaposted September 4, 2011 at 7:20 am Reply

    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!

  11. Eileenposted September 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm Reply

    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 :)

  12. [email protected]posted September 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm Reply

    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!

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

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



  14. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted September 3, 2011 at 11:50 am Reply

    I’m with Krista – I LOVE the bowls!

  15. Pachecopattyposted September 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm Reply

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

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

    Love the addition of the grilled corn!

  17. nikkiposted September 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Reply

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

  18. Jennposted September 2, 2011 at 9:02 am Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted September 2, 2011 at 9:50 am Reply

      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. :)

  19. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted September 2, 2011 at 7:00 am Reply

    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 :)

  20. Jeanetteposted September 2, 2011 at 6:00 am Reply

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

  21. Annposted September 2, 2011 at 12:15 am Reply

    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!

  22. Baking Serendipityposted September 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm Reply

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

  23. kankanaposted September 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm Reply

    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.

  24. Sandiposted September 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm Reply

    Looks & sounds so fresh!

  25. Nanaposted September 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm Reply

    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.

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

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

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

    your too cute sommer..lovely salad!

  28. Angie's Recipesposted September 1, 2011 at 11:47 am Reply

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

  29. Reese&[email protected]posted September 1, 2011 at 10:38 am Reply

    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!

  30. pamposted September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am Reply

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

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

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

  32. Lizposted September 1, 2011 at 10:27 am Reply

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

  36. Katrinaposted September 1, 2011 at 9:06 am Reply

    That looks delicious!

  37. agposted September 1, 2011 at 8:59 am Reply

    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! :)

  38. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted September 1, 2011 at 8:49 am Reply

    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!

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

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

  40. [email protected]posted September 1, 2011 at 8:35 am Reply

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

  41. RavieNomNomsposted September 1, 2011 at 8:19 am Reply

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

  42. Apron Appealposted September 1, 2011 at 6:51 am Reply

    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.

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

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