Mint Lime Summer Salad With Corn and Avocado

Updated on December 2, 2016
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Devra lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her husband, daughter, and carefully curated collection of kitchen implements.

5 stars from 6 ratings of Mint Lime Summer Salad with Corn and Avocado
Lime and mint enhance the corn, avocado, and other ingredients in this delicious summer salad.
Lime and mint enhance the corn, avocado, and other ingredients in this delicious summer salad. | Source

Credit for this particular salad creation goes to my daughter. She loves lime, mint, and avocado, and she asked if I could make a salad that incorporates these ingredients. Since then I've made this salad countless times, and it's one that I often bring to other people's homes for dinner. It's always a hit, and I've been asked for the recipe more than once.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ears corn, kernels scraped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 6 oz. mixed greens, washed and dried
  • 4 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tsp. sugar (adjust to taste)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Carefully drop the corn into boiling water; leave heat on high, and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Remove cooked corn from the pot and set aside to cool. Use a knife to scrape the kernels off the cob.
  2. While the corn is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. Slice the cucumbers, halve the cherry tomatoes, cube the avocado, and tear the mint leaves.
  3. Place the mixed greens into a large salad bowl. (I like to use a blend of arugula and mixed greens, but any greens will work here.)
  4. Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mint leaves, and corn kernels to the mixed greens.
  5. For the dressing, mix lime juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and enjoy!

Salad Ingredients

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Dressing Ingredients

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Cooking the Corn

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the corn for 3-5 minutes, or until tender.
Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the corn for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. | Source

Scraping the Corn Kernels

Use a knife to scrape the kernels from the cob. Be sure to watch your fingers and scrape downward toward the cutting board.
Use a knife to scrape the kernels from the cob. Be sure to watch your fingers and scrape downward toward the cutting board. | Source

Slicing the Vegetables

Slice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado. Snip the mint leaves from the stems and tear leaves.
Slice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado. Snip the mint leaves from the stems and tear leaves. | Source

Squeezing the Limes

I use a hand-held lime squeezer, but there are many other types of citrus juicers out there.
I use a hand-held lime squeezer, but there are many other types of citrus juicers out there. | Source

Crushing the Garlic

After adding the lime juice and olive oil to the mixing bowl, use a garlic press to crush the garlic directly into the bowl.
After adding the lime juice and olive oil to the mixing bowl, use a garlic press to crush the garlic directly into the bowl. | Source

Mixing the Dressing

Use a whisk to mix the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Use a whisk to mix the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. | Source

Bon Appetit!

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and enjoy.
Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and enjoy. | Source

Variations on a Theme

This salad is endlessly versatile, and I love adding new ingredients depending on what looks good at the store or market. Here are some other ingredients you can try. These can either replace or simply be added to the ingredients listed above, as you wish.

  • bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • fresh peas
  • peaches
  • pear
  • feta cheese
  • roasted pumpkin seeds
  • cilantro
  • scallions
  • black beans
  • grilled chicken
  • tortilla strips


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      • Devra Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

        Devra Nelson 

        22 months ago

        Thanks so much for your comment, Kyriaki... and thank you also for the warm welcome to HB! Great to hear you like the recipe.

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        Kyriaki Chatzi 

        22 months ago

        This recipe is phenomenal! I love the colors and the pictures are really helpful! Welcome to HB!

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