Easy Zesty Corn Salad

by Alli

This shop, Zesty Corn Salad, was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #31DaysWithRotel #CollectiveBias

I do believe I could eat Tex-Mex every day! And this Zesty Corn Salad packs so much flavor. 

My youngest grandson inherited my love of zesty, bold flavors and he hangs right with me when we’re eating our favorite spicy foods.

He’s only five, but he’s willing to try new foods, especially if they have a kick to them. My Zesty Corn Salad fits the bill. It’s easy to make and if we have leftovers, the family has a lively discussion over who gets to take the Zesty Corn Salad home.

Easy Zesty Corn Salad

While my husband grills marinated pork chops, I make the Zesty Corn Salad. The bold, vibrant colors, the fresh veggies mixed in, and the ease in preparing the dressing makes this a dish you’ll make over and over. I promise!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • drained can of RO*TEL
  • spring (green) onions, thinly sliced
  • diced orange bell pepper
  • cilantro (if you don’t care for cilantro, just leave it out.)

For the dressing, you’ll need:

  • vegetable oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • minced garlic
  • cayenne pepper (just a pinch!)
  • salt

How To Make Zesty Corn Salad

Place a bag of frozen corn in a colander. Run water over the corn until it’s thawed. Drain well.

Zesty Corn Salad Recipe

Mix the corn with one can of RO*TEL. Add sliced spring (green) onions, a chopped orange bell pepper, and chopped cilantro.

Add one can of RO*TEL to Zesty Corn Salad

In a small bowl, whisk together vegetable oil,  red wine vinegar, zest and juice of one lime, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt.

How to Make the Dressing for Zesty Corn Salad

Pour the dressing over the corn and toss gently.

Zesty Corn Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Zesty Corn Salad

Zesty Corn Salad

Zesty Corn Salad is full of flavor and is the perfect summer side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 package (12 oz) frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 1 can RO*TEL, drained
  • 3 spring (green) onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place corn in a colander and run cold water over to thaw. Drain well.
  2. Place corn in a large bowl and add the drained RO*TEL, onions, bell pepper and cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice and zest, garlic, cayenne pepper and salt.
  4. Add the dressing to the corn mixture and toss gently until well combined.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Zesty Corn Salad

Walmart has everything I need to make my Zesty Corn Salad. Whenever I’m shopping, I always stock up on RO*TEL because it’s so versatile. It’s a delicious addition to my Black Bean Chili and Pimento Cheese Spread.

My Zesty Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for grilled fish or burgers and I always make it when the family visits the beach.

Zesty Corn Salad

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Amber Myers May 19, 2017 - 8:27 am

Yummy! I love corn so I’ll be trying this out. I don’t think I’ve ever had a corn salad before. I’ve been missing out.

Jeanette May 19, 2017 - 9:30 am

This looks really good! Corn by itself can be so boring that bringing in different flavors would be a great idea. This looks outstanding I can’t wait to try it.

HeidiDee May 19, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Mmm that looks like something my husband would love! He loves a little zest in everything he eats!

Shashi at Savory Spin May 19, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Your grandson is a brave little chap to try new foods so willingly – I used to have to play all sorts of games with my daughter when she was 5 🙂
Btw – your zesty corn salad sounds wonderful – I love that dressing with the RO*TEL and corn – makes each spoonful a fiesta in my mouth!

Pam May 19, 2017 - 9:20 pm

We make a very similar salad in the summer with fresh, local corn. It is a family favorite!

Jenn May 19, 2017 - 11:29 pm

Yum. This looks and sound so good. I bet my family would really like it. I’m going to give it a try.

Teresa May 20, 2017 - 1:44 am

I’m with you – I love Tex-mes food – my husband and I both do, my kiddos – not so much. BUT, I use Rotel with canned sweet corn AND some white beans – SO delish!

Kita Bryant May 20, 2017 - 2:50 am

This seriously looks delicious. Corn salad is one of my favorite side dishes.

Maurene Cab May 20, 2017 - 7:35 am

This is something that I should try! I’m happy for this recipe. I’ll bookmark this.

Sarah Bailey May 20, 2017 - 11:12 am

Now that is such a colourful salad. I absolutely love the sound of it and it seems like a good pick me up good for a bit of a dreary day.

Anosa May 20, 2017 - 3:56 pm

I have never hard zesty corn salad before so this would be a new one in my life. Thanks for the recipe

Emma Spellman May 20, 2017 - 6:23 pm

This corn dish looks so yummy and colorful. We love corn in my house so we will give this a shot soon and see how everyone likes it.

Jaime Nicole May 20, 2017 - 10:16 pm

This looks so delicious! Fresh corn is one of my favorite summer ingredients and I love that this has some zest to it! Rotel is awesome!

Debra J Hawkins May 21, 2017 - 1:16 am

I just started making something similar this year and I love it! The corn adds such a fun element to the entire dish!

My Teen Guide May 21, 2017 - 10:56 am

I love a good corn salad and your recipe is a definite must try for me. In my family, the only ones who love corn is me and my youngest son. Him and me will have a delicious salad to enjoy!

[email protected] May 21, 2017 - 11:10 am

Oh this looks so delicious! I love corn so i will definitely try this corn salad.

Rose Cottrill May 21, 2017 - 2:08 pm

I love a good corn salad especially when corn is grilled, so yummy. I haven’t tried using canned corn for making salad yet.

Jenny May 22, 2017 - 7:45 pm

Sounds like the perfect side dish for a Mexican fiesta! I’d put this in my burrito or taco.

anjali May 25, 2017 - 10:40 am

This looks really good!

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