Healthy Corn Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious corn side dish recipes including creamed corn, corn salsa, casseroles and corn pudding Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Esquites (Mexican Corn)

Rating: 5 stars 2
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Ensalada de Coditos Dominicana (Dominican Macaroni Salad)

A colorful and hearty summer salad, ensalada de coditos can be customized with ingredients like peas, tuna or ham. This vegetarian version features raw vegetables for added flavor and crunch, and makes for the perfect side to your main dish.
By Wendy Lopez

Air-Fryer Corn on the Cob

Air-fryer corn on the cob is a simple way to cook sweet corn with little mess. We like it smothered in butter, salt and pepper, but any spice blend will work well.
By Laura Kanya

Blistered Corn Salad with Charred Scallions, Okra & Feta

This corn and okra salad gets loads of flavor from the grill. If okra isn't your jam, you could slice a large zucchini into planks to grill, then chop and stir into the salad. Grill some chicken thighs or tofu steaks to serve alongside.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Garlic Butter Campfire Corn

Rating: 5 stars 2
This flavorful corn couldn't be easier to prepare. Just cover the ears of corn in a quick garlic-and-chive-flavored butter and wrap in foil and they're ready to throw on the grill at home or over coals at the campsite.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Skillet Corn

This skillet corn recipe features plenty of sweet, fresh summer corn. A small amount of aromatics complement the corn but don't overpower it. Parsley adds color and freshness.
By Jasmine Smith

Creamy Corn Soup with Jalapeños & Cotija

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy corn soup has underlying earthiness from the hominy and heat from the jalapeños. Fresh corn adds sweetness, which works well with the salty cotija cheese and other fresh and tangy garnishes.
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By Liv Dansky

Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2
Serve this colorful, veggie-packed pasta salad at your next outdoor gathering. From creamy avocado to crunchy bell peppers, this pasta salad is full of texture and flavor. A homemade herb-lime vinaigrette ties everything together.
Sophie Johnson
By Sophie Johnson

Corn and Green Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This colorful vegetable side dish is low-calorie, low-sodium, and suitable for diabetic food plans. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it calls for only eight ingredients.

Boiled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 5 stars 1
Want to know how to boil corn on the cob? This boiled corn on the cob recipe starts with 4 ears of fresh summer corn.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Avocado & Corn Salad

Rating: 5 stars 5
In this fresh summer salad recipe, sweet corn and honey balance nicely with tomatoes, avocado and lime juice. Bring it along to your next summer picnic or pair it with grilled shrimp or chicken for an easy weeknight meal.

Grilled Corn Salad with Chili-Miso Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
Serve this Asian salad with grilled steak, chicken or firm white fish like halibut. You can also double the recipe and bring it to your next potluck. If you can find tatsoi, a peppery Asian leafy green, use it instead of mild-mannered spinach. Store-bought Thai sweet chili sauce and umami-packed white miso build fast flavor in this easy summer salad.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

20 Corn Side Dishes with Three Steps or Less
Enjoy summer corn while it lasts with these easy side dishes starring your favorite healthy grain. From salsa to succotash, the sweet flavor of fresh corn shines in these recipes.
Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter
A dash of crushed red pepper adds the perfect amount of spice to this flavorful cilantro-lime corn on the cob.
Roasted Corn, Black Bean & Mango Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 16

This simple, fresh-tasting salad adds delicious variety to grilled foods, such as salmon, halibut, chicken or pork. Browning the corn in a skillet gives it a nutty, caramelized flavor that contrasts with the sweetness of the mango.