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Zucchini and Corn Salad with chili-lime vinaigrette

20 Minute Zucchini and Corn Fiesta Salad

20-minute summer squash and corn fiesta salad with chili-lime vinaigrette, feta cheese, and cilantro. A simple and flavorful side for all of your summer entertaining needs.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 150kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowls


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 small-medium size zucchinis, sliced into 1/4 inch thick coins
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen/thawed corn (or 2 ears of fresh grilled corn*) I use Trader Joe's fire-roasted frozen corn
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish


  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium. Add zucchini; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until golden-brown and tender. Add jalapeño and garlic; cook 2 more minutes, until aromatic. Stir in corn, cook 1 minute, until heated through. Season with salt and transfer mixture to a bowl.
  • Prepare Chili-Lime Vinaigrette by combining olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cilantro in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
  • Add tomatoes and feta cheese to zucchini mixture. Pour dressing overtop and gently toss to combine. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.


*SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This salad goes well with just about anything hot off the grill--burgers, BBQ chicken, or shrimp kebabs. It's also delicious with any classic summer sandwich, such as a grilled eggplant or caprese sandwich.
*IF USING FRESH CORN: Either throw it on the grill over high heat and grill until lightly charred, or char directly over the flame of a gas stove.
*STORE refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 450mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g