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A quick and easy way to make roasted corn salad! Canned corn is roasted in the oven with smoky spices and added to a crunchy, fresh salad with creamy mozzarella and avocado and a honey lime dressing. Refreshing and vibrant, full of different textures and flavors, this tastes amazing with Mexican food or as a whole meal in itself.

A plate of roasted corn salad garnished with limes

I am rather in love with this corn salad! It has everything needed for a well rounded, main meal kinda salad. Creaminess from the avocado and mozzarella, juiciness from the lime dressing, crunch from the roasted corn and the lettuce. The sweet corn is roasted in smoked paprika for a kick of smokiness against the citrus dressing, but it doesn’t overpower. The overwhelming result is still so refreshing.

This satisfied as a main meal, but it also worked perfectly as an accompaniment to some saucy enchiladas.

A plate of roasted corn salad with avocado and mozzarella

I always loved the pictures of grilled and roasted corn salads on Pinterest, but I decided to make a quick and easy version using canned corn. You simply drain, dry and then roast the kernels in the oven with smoked paprika. So easy, right?

If you play your cards right, this can be ready in about half an hour excluding pre-heating time, because you do all your chopping and mix your dressing while the corn is in the oven.

And it can definitely serve as a whole dinner, because there’s a ball of fresh mozzarella and a whole avocado in there making it nice and filling, and adding some protein too.

If you’re vegan, you must not be deterred. Instead of mozzarella, you could just add extra avocado and/or some creamy cashew cheese.

This salad is served with a homemade honey lime dressing, which is only four ingredients and a cinch to put together.

Honey lime salad dressing being poured onto the roasted corn salad

This is a fresh, flavorful vegetarian salad (tastes particularly amazing next to a plate of enchiladas!)

Easy Smoky Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado & Mozzarella

Yield: serves 2 as a main course, 4-6 as a side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A quick and easy way to make roasted corn salad! Canned corn is roasted in the oven with smoky spices and added to a crunchy, fresh salad with creamy mozzarella and avocado and a honey lime dressing. Refreshing and vibrant, full of different textures and flavors, this tastes amazing with Mexican food or as a whole meal in itself.

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) can of sweetcorn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 125g (4.4oz) ball of fresh buffalo mozzarella, roughly chopped
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped and rinsed

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed

Instructions

  1. First, heat the oven to 200C / 390F.
  2. Brush a baking pan with olive oil.
  3. Drain your can of corn and pat the kernels dry with a paper towel. Scatter onto the baking pan. Top with smoked paprika, salt and pepper, and mix around with a spatula to ensure each kernel is coated.
  4. Place in the oven, uncovered, for about 25 minutes, until the corn is darkened and a little crispy.
  5. While the corn is in the oven, prepare the dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small jug.
  6. When the corn is ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes while you start to prepare the salad.
  7. Add the lettuce, mozzarella, and chopped avocado to a large bowl.
  8. Finally, once it has cooled down just a little, add the corn and then the dressing, and toss to distribute.
  9. Serve.

Notes

Nutritional info is based on 1 main meal serving (half of the recipe).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 14gSugar: 12gProtein: 23g

Please note that the nutritional information is an estimate based on software calculations and will not be completely accurate - please use this as a guideline only.

Source: Dressing adapted from this one on Self.com