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  • Writer's pictureS. Lemon

Don't go all corny on me!

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

The "zesty-iest" corn and cucumber salad you will ever experience.

Do you have a food that you keep in your arsenal for special occasions? Do you have a side dish that is your go to for parties or cook outs? If you don't, then you will with this side. And trust me, I don't always get excited over a side dish, but this is the exception. In fact, this is the side dish everyone wants to try most. Every time I am planning to go to a cook out or have a bunch of company over, my zesty corn and cucumber salad is the #1 item requested.

What is needed to make zesty corn and cucumber salad?

One of the best things about my healthy zesty corn and cucumber salad, is it's simplicity. Not only is it simple, but most people already have all the ingredients at home. If you are like me, simplicity is the key to a good recipe. Having two young kids that are active in sports, I don't get a ton of time to make healthy sides. Corn, cucumbers, and diced red onion are the main ingredients in this recipe. And you finish this off with mayo, lime juice, some spices and Parmesan cheese!

What kind of corn?

You can try a variety of types of corn so you can see what fits your pallet, but I generally recommend using frozen super sweet corn. Friends of mine have tried canned corn but did not feel it hit the spot like my recipe. But you should experiment!

Are there any hacks or tricks?

There are a few tricks about this recipe that can affect the taste of this creamy corn and cucumber salad. The most important thing is DO NOT try to get super fancy with the Parmesan cheese! Do NOT get super fancy with a specialty $15/lb Parmesan block that you microplane. Keep it simple and use Kraft or local grocery brand found in a bottle. Several of my friends have attempted to be fancy, only to be disappointed by the additional effort. The second driver for flavor is the mayo. If you are making a creamy summer corn and cucumber salad, it only makes sense that having the right mayo will be key. I recommend two different mayos. The first being Sir Kensington's or Dukes. These are my favorite mayo's. In fact, these are the ones I not only recommend for this salad, but for anything that contains mayo.

Where and how long can I store this?

Since this contains mayo, I would make sure you store this in the refrigerator. In my experience, 3 days is the longest I would go without eating. It is rare that I have leftovers that last more than a day, if I even have leftovers at all.

Where did you come up with this recipe?

I get inspiration for my recipes all over the place. I originally was turned onto this zesty corn and cucumber salad from McCormick around 2014. Since then, I have modified it several times to bring out the flavor! But even today, it still shares many aspects.

So instead of belaboring this, let's get a zesting!

Creamy Corn and Cucumber Salad Ingredients:

1 large cucumber (~200g)

1/2 Red Onion (~100g)

½ cup (180g) frozen sweet corn

1 Fresh Lime (juice and zested) or 2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp Paprika

½ tsp garlic salt

¼ tsp cumin

½ tsp Lawry seasoned salt.

4 tbsp full fat mayo

4 - 8 tbsp parmesan cheese (in a container)

Directions: In a small sauce pot, add the frozen corn and cook based on the directions. Once corn is down, top with seasoned salt and set aside to cool. Grab a medium bowl. Finely dice a cucumber and red onion. Place them in the bowl. Add seasoned corn to the bowl. All in the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the Parmesan cheese. Thoroughly mix until combined. Add in Parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly. Once you achieve your cheese desires, place the container in the refrigerator for an hour or more. Pull out of the refrigerator, thoroughly mix and serve.

Nutrition (4 servings)


Protein: 3,9g

Fats: 13.1g

Carbs: 9.8

Fiber: 1.4g

Net Carb: 8.4g

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