Napa Sweet Corn Salad

Napa Sweet Corn Salad

Napa Sweet Corn Salad has a lot of crunch and flavor! Serve this healthy, fresh side dish for dinner or at your next potluck or picnic.

Ben and I took a babymoon two months ago, but the only proof we have is a photo of my water cheering on his Hendrick’s martini. It happened! We did it! We did it! They didn’t see us. Our visit was short enough that the city might have missed us, but we had a wonderful time. Ben sipped on bourbons as I sipped Arnold Palmers. We spent the day shopping at Westport and wandering around.

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We realized on this trip that despite visiting KCMO at least a dozen times, we had never tried the legendary BBQ. Blasphemous! What should we do next time we are in town?

After checking in to our hotel, we went straight up to the bar of Cooper’s Hawk and had lunch. Coop’s is one of many local restaurants I love in KC, but it has a GF-friendly menu I have ordered several times before. Plus, we were hungry, and the restaurant was nearby. The Napa Chicken Salad was terrific. It doesn’t sound like it would be a life-changing dish, but I can assure you that it is. The toppings were more important than the chicken or the greens. The toppings are everything! Napa Sweet Corn Salad, my homemade recreation, is so good that I PROMISE you’ll make it your go-to side dish for summer or potluck.

In Iowa, sweet corn season begins in July. Did you know less than 1% of the corn in Iowa is sweet? Har. This 1% is a lot of sweet corn, and we will take any opportunity to enjoy a few ears. Iowa sweet corn is so tender and candy-sweet that I enjoy eating it raw, like in this salad.

The next day, for a dinner we hosted for friends, I made the same salad again.

It was devoured by the adults and four children under five years old. What do we call it? People, it’s a win! It’s a win! This salad is perfect, including the Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette drizzled over the top. It’s a 4-ingredient vinaigrette (plus S&P). Crispy, crunchy, snappy, and creamy. Fresh, healthy, and delicious. You. Will. Love. IT.

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. This includes two cups of raw sweet corn kernels (about three medium-sized ears), one cup of cherry or grape tomato, halved or quartered if they are large, three small or two large chopped green onions, one small chopped Avocado, one chopped Red Apple, and 1/3 cup sliced almonds or chopped.

Shake or whisk the Honey-Dijon vinaigrette and drizzle it on top. This is 1/2 a cup extra virgin olive oils, 1/4 c apple cider vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of each Dijon mustard and honey, and lots of Salt and Pepper. Add up to 1/2 Tablespoon more love to taste. The sweet corn and apples will add sweetness to your salad.

Serve with a summer picnic or potluck, or serve as a dinner. Serve this dish at a potluck or summer picnic or with your dinner. It pairs well with grilled meats. This colorful and healthy salad is great for summer picnics or potlucks. Enjoy!

Napa Sweet Corn Salad


Serves 5-6 as an accompaniment

  • Two cups of raw sweet corn kernels (3 ears).
  • Half or quarter a large cherry or grape tomato.
  • Green onions: 3 small or two large, chopped green onions
  • One small avocado, chopped
  • 1 Red Apple, Chopped
  • Almonds sliced or chopped, 1/3 cup
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil packed
  • Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Mix the Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl or jar, then whisk or shake to combine. If desired, add an extra 1/2 Tablespoon of honey. Sweet corn and apples will naturally sweeten the salad. Set aside dressing.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the desired Honey Dijon Vinaigrette over the mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.

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