Southwest Cilantro Lime Corn Salad

The most amazing corn salad, full of bold Southwest flavors! Perfect as a side dish, appetizer, or topping for tacos!

This Southwest cilantro lime corn salad is bold, healthy, and incredibly versatile!  At zero smart points per serving, feel free to pile it on tacos for an amazing meal!

We discussed my love of Mexican food last week on this post, and trust me, it doesn’t stop with just entrees.  Ohhhhh no.  One of my favorite things to add to my tacos is corn, and why have just plain corn when you can have this amazing cilantro lime corn salad!

When I first saw that corn was a zero point food on the freestyle weight watchers program, I was ecstatic.  It’s so naturally sweet, and was always higher in points on the older plans.

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Southwest corn salad in skillet with wooden spoon

WHAT IS CORN SALAD

There are so many varieties of corn salad out there.  Some are mayo based, and have cheese like a Mexican street corn type.  This version is fresher and more Santa fe or Southwest-inspired, with no mayo or cheese… just vegetables browned lightly in a skillet and tossed with cilantro and lime.

IS CORN SALAD HEALTHY

This version is!  It’s zero smart points, and only 121 calories per serving.  Not to mention it’s low in sodium and a good source of potassium and vitamin c.  To bulk up the salad even more, without adding any points, add some drained and rinsed black beans!

Cilantro lime corn salad recipe in skillet

HOW TO MAKE CORN SALAD

It’s really very easy!  Just brown the veggies in a skillet, season and toss with cilantro and lime juice.  Voila!!

I use frozen corn (that’s been thawed) in the Fall and Winter months, but when the sweet summer corn is in season… I absolutely use fresh.  Just shuck the cob and use a knife to slice the kernels off the cob.  On this post I explain, and show, how I do that without having the kernels get absolutely everywhere!

Also, jalapenos are great in this corn salad recipe, but another great option is a large poblano pepper.  It’s a more mild flavor, so it’s a great option for those that don’t like any heat.

Healthy corn salad in blue bowl with lime

For your next taco night, I really hope you give this Southwest Cilantro Lime Corn Salad a try!

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4 from 15 votes
6 servings
Southwest Cilantro Lime Corn Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

The most amazing corn salad, full of bold Southwest flavors! Perfect as a side dish, appetizer, or topping for tacos!

Calories: 112 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cups frozen corn, thawed (or 5 ears of fresh corn)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 - 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice, fresh is best
Instructions
  1. Heat a 12 inch skillet (cast iron works beautifully here) over MED HIGH heat. Add olive oil and heat through.

  2. Add corn, bell pepper, jalapeno, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes, until lightly golden brown.  

  3. Season with salt and pepper and stir in cilantro and lime juice.Serving size is approximately 1/2 - 2/3 cup.

Recipe Notes

Serving size is approximately 1/2 - 2/3 cup.

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Calories: 112 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 223mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 0g | Vitamin A: 5.7% | Vitamin C: 7.8% | Calcium: .3% | Iron: 2.6%

I’m not a nutritionist, and nutritional values here on my recipes should be used for general information purposes only.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new diet and fitness regimen.

This Southwest cilantro lime corn salad is bold, healthy, and incredibly versatile!  At zero smart points per serving, feel free to pile it on tacos for an amazing meal! | #cornsalad #mexican #southwest #cilantro #lime #tacotuesday

This Southwest cilantro lime corn salad is bold, healthy, and incredibly versatile!  At zero smart points per serving, feel free to pile it on tacos for an amazing meal! | #cornsalad #mexican #southwest #cilantro #lime #tacotuesday

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10 comments on “Southwest Cilantro Lime Corn Salad”

  1. How much onion and what kind.  It’s not mentioned in the ingredients 

    • Hi Debi, thanks for the heads up! I completely forgot that ingredient line when I was typing this up. It’s half a medium red onion. I’ve added it to the recipe now 🙂

  2. I love the combo of cilantro and corn in a salad!

  3. Such a gorgeous salad! Love this! Definitely must try!

  4. What a perfect summer side dish! Yum!

  5. Yum, looks so flavorful and perfect for Summer!

  6. This is the perfect side for all those summer BBQs!

  7. Beautiful salad!! I love how fresh it is with so many pretty colors. Perfect as a summer side dish!

  8. Love all the fresh ingredients in this salad!

  9. Mmmm….This Southwest Cilantro Lime Corn Salad was absolutely delicious! I love the addition of minced jalapenos and a generous squeeze of fresh lime. It really brings out the Mexican flavor of this tasty colorful dish!