Green Bean Salad

This is the best Green Bean Salad Recipe! It’s filled with tomatoes, Parmesan, fresh basil, and a little bit of red onion. I top it off with a zesty homemade dressing and it’s the most perfect side dish for summertime. Whenever I can get my hands on fr…

This is the best Green Bean Salad Recipe! It’s filled with tomatoes, Parmesan, fresh basil, and a little bit of red onion. I top it off with a zesty homemade dressing and it’s the most perfect side dish for summertime. Whenever I can get my hands on fresh green beans from the garden or farmers…

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Summer Quinoa Salad

Everyone at the table will love this easy Summer Quinoa Salad! It’s filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, hearty quinoa, and the most refreshing homemade lemon dressing. Summertime means salads on repeat, but that doesn’t mean boring salads. I am…

Everyone at the table will love this easy Summer Quinoa Salad! It’s filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, hearty quinoa, and the most refreshing homemade lemon dressing. Summertime means salads on repeat, but that doesn’t mean boring salads. I am talking GOOD salads, like this colorful Summer Quinoa Salad. It’s loaded with all of summer’s finest…

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Easy Cucumber Salad

You only need five ingredients to make this simple and refreshing Cucumber Salad. It is the perfect side dish to any summer meal. Cucumber Salad has always been one of my favorite summer side dishes. The ingredients are simple, but the salad is SO good…

You only need five ingredients to make this simple and refreshing Cucumber Salad. It is the perfect side dish to any summer meal. Cucumber Salad has always been one of my favorite summer side dishes. The ingredients are simple, but the salad is SO good. It is a salad I crave and want to eat…

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Easy Orzo Salad

This Easy Orzo Salad is light, fresh, and filled with veggies, chickpeas, and fresh herbs. It will quickly become a go-to pasta salad in your house! I love making and taking pasta salads to potlucks, barbecues, and get togethers. They are the perfect s…

This Easy Orzo Salad is light, fresh, and filled with veggies, chickpeas, and fresh herbs. It will quickly become a go-to pasta salad in your house! I love making and taking pasta salads to potlucks, barbecues, and get togethers. They are the perfect side dish for sharing. This Easy Orzo Pasta Salad is a summertime…

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Steak Kabobs

These Steak Kabobs are marinated in a delicious steak marinade and stacked on a skewer with mushrooms, bell pepper, and red onion and grilled to perfection! Summertime means it’s kabob time and these grilled Steak Kabobs are perfection. The steak…

These Steak Kabobs are marinated in a delicious steak marinade and stacked on a skewer with mushrooms, bell pepper, and red onion and grilled to perfection! Summertime means it’s kabob time and these grilled Steak Kabobs are perfection. The steak gets a tender, delicious flavor from a simple steak marinade and it’s layered with the…

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Simple Corn Salad

This easy corn salad is fresh and full of tangy flavor, with bursts of bright tomato and basil! The classic summer salad for BBQs and picnics. It’s not summer until you’ve made corn salad! This one is all about fresh flavor: sweet bursts of corn, juicy tomatoes, and herbaceous basil pair with a tangy, light vinaigrette. If you’re like us…you won’t be able to stop eating it! Top with feta cheese crumbles if you like, or keep it as a plant based salad: it’s just as good either way. Alex and I made this for a BBQ and while the grilled main dish was good, everyone kept talking about the corn salad. Here’s all about how to make it…including a tip on how to cut corn off the cob: without the mess! Make it grilled! Try our Grilled Corn Salad. Ingredients in corn salad This healthy corn salad hits just the right sweet spot: a minimal number of simple ingredients that combine into big flavor. Here’s what you need to make this summer salad: Corn on the cob: Make sure it’s ripe and in season! Cherry tomatoes Red onion Fresh basil Apple cider vinegar Olive oil Garlic powder and chili […]

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This easy corn salad is fresh and full of tangy flavor, with bursts of bright tomato and basil! The classic summer salad for BBQs and picnics.

Corn salad

It’s not summer until you’ve made corn salad! This one is all about fresh flavor: sweet bursts of corn, juicy tomatoes, and herbaceous basil pair with a tangy, light vinaigrette. If you’re like us…you won’t be able to stop eating it! Top with feta cheese crumbles if you like, or keep it as a plant based salad: it’s just as good either way. Alex and I made this for a BBQ and while the grilled main dish was good, everyone kept talking about the corn salad. Here’s all about how to make it…including a tip on how to cut corn off the cob: without the mess!

Make it grilled! Try our Grilled Corn Salad.

Ingredients in corn salad

This healthy corn salad hits just the right sweet spot: a minimal number of simple ingredients that combine into big flavor. Here’s what you need to make this summer salad:

  • Corn on the cob: Make sure it’s ripe and in season!
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Fresh basil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder and chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

If you love the salty savoriness of feta cheese crumbles, absolutely add them here! But it’s not lacking in flavor, so we like making it without it. It’s a vegan salad that’s bursting with summer flavor.

Grilled corn salad
Try Grilled Corn Salad for a smoky variation!

Variation: make it grilled!

Here’s a way to step up this corn salad: make it grilled! The grilled corn kernels add a smoky flavor to the salad that makes it even more irresistible. I could not help shouting out my love for the grilled version of this salad! You can make the grilled version two ways:

  • Make the recipe below with grilled corn. Go to our Perfect Grilled Corn recipe to find out how to do it!
  • Go to our Grilled Corn Salad. This variation uses a creamy dressing with Mexican flavors inspired by elote. It’s incredibly tasty!
Corn salad

How to cut corn off the cob…without the mess!

Here’s our best trick on how to cut corn off the cob! If you’ve cut corn off the corn on a cutting board, you’ll appreciate the memory of yellow kernels sprayed all over your kitchen. (Right?) Here’s a way to cut corn off the cob and reduce the mess:

  • Use a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish. The sides of the dish will keep the corn kernels contained inside!
  • Hold the corn vertically, then use a sharp chef’s knife to slice downward. The kernels end up right on the sheet. Use your fingers to break apart corn that sticks together.
How to cut corn off the cob

Best classic summer salads

This corn salad is part of our arsenal of classic summer salads! We have to make each of these at least once to feel like it’s truly the season. These are perfect side dishes for a grilled dinner, or to take to BBQs or picnics. Make them all:

  1. Creamy Cucumber Salad The perfect cool and crunchy side dish for summer! For a vegan or plant based version, make Cucumber Salad with Vinegar.
  2. Easy Bean Salad Every summer needs a bean salad! This one is simple to make with a short ingredient list.
  3. Watermelon Salad This refreshing salad pairs watermelon with cucumber, mint and feta cheese.
  4. Creamy Potato Salad (No Mayo) Of course, you can’t go wrong with potato salad. This one’s our favorite classic creamy version. For plant based or vegan versions, try French Potato Salad or Dill Potato Salad.
  5. Antipasto Salad Full of big flavors of Italian antipasti: olives, artichokes, and fresh mozzarella! For a vegan version, try Italian Vegan Pasta Salad.
  6. Greek Orzo Salad A crowd favorite and full of Greek flavors, bursting with fresh dill and mint, feta cheese, and tangy lemon.
Corn salad

This corn salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy free.

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Corn salad

Simple Corn Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This easy corn salad is fresh and full of tangy flavor, with bursts of bright tomato and basil! The classic summer salad for BBQs and picnics. You can also make it grilled! Go to Grilled Corn Salad.


Ingredients

  • 6 cobs corn (about 5 cups kernels)
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Feta cheese crumbles, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. (This takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so plan accordingly.) Shuck the corn, removing the silk.
  2. When the water is boiling, place the corn cobs in the pot. Boil covered for 4 minutes, until bright yellow. Run under cool water until cool enough to touch. (Alternate method: Roast the corn in the oven.)
  3. Find a large rimmed baking sheet or pan. Hold the corn vertically inside the pan, then use a chef’s knife to slice down and remove the corn from the cob (the sides of the sheet catch the kernels that fly when cutting, helping to reduce mess!).
  4. Meanwhile, dice the cherry tomatoes. Finely chop the red onion. Chop the basil.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the vegetables with the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste. If desired, top with feta cheese crumbles (optional; they’re not necessary for flavor!).  Stores refrigerated for up to 3 days.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Corn salad, Easy corn salad, Fresh corn salad, Best corn salad

More corn recipes

There are so many tasty ways to enjoy summer’s bounty of corn! Here are all our favorite corn recipes:

  • Creamy Corn Chowder The best recipe for highlighting fresh sweet corn: it’s savory, salty, a little sweet—and seriously creamy. For a vegan variation, try Vegan Corn Chowder.
  • Roasted Corn on the Cob The easy way to cook corn! You don’t even have to remove the husk; just throw it right onto the oven grates.
  • Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil Want a shrimp boil recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight? Bake it! This sheet pan shrimp boil in oven is simple to make and has serious flavor.
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Italian Dressing

This homemade Italian Dressing is made with olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and spices. It is easy to whisk up and tastes so much better than store bought dressing. Italian Dressing has always been one of my favorite salad dressings because it is light, zes…

This homemade Italian Dressing is made with olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and spices. It is easy to whisk up and tastes so much better than store bought dressing. Italian Dressing has always been one of my favorite salad dressings because it is light, zesty, and herbaceous! It is great on green salads, pasta salads, and…

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A Trick for Storing Berries to Keep ‘Em Fresher, Longer

Berries: can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Like many coveted objects, berries are both precious and frustrating, expensive and fragile. What is more maddening than splurging on vivid, juicy berries at the market only to find that your fruity…

Berries: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Like many coveted objects, berries are both precious and frustrating, expensive and fragile. What is more maddening than splurging on vivid, juicy berries at the market only to find that your fruity jewels have turned to mush—or worse, have been overtaken by dreaded mold—when you return to them for a mid-week treat? 

Don't despair just yet: This berry horror story does not have to be your destiny. The culprits behind berry mold are the evil, microscopic mold spores waiting to make a home of the friendly, moist skin of your gorgeous berries. Fortunately, there is a simple way to kill off the mold spores and bacteria that find your berries as delicious as you do. 

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Chocolate Depression Cake

Depression as in The Great Depression, not depression as in “this cake will cure your depression.” 😅Since a lot of us are experiencing ingredient shortages right now, I thought there was no better time to post this Chocolate Depression Cake (also known as Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake), which was also born out of a […]

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Depression as in The Great Depression, not depression as in “this cake will cure your depression.” 😅Since a lot of us are experiencing ingredient shortages right now, I thought there was no better time to post this Chocolate Depression Cake (also known as Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake), which was also born out of a time when ingredients were in limited supply—The Great Depression. This unique cake is rich and chocolatey without using any eggs, milk, or butter. A cake without butter?? So “wacky,” I know. 

Chocolate Depression Cake (No Eggs, Butter, or Milk)

A white casserole dish with chocolate cake, one slice on a white plate and a glass of milk near by.

How Do You Make Cake without Eggs or Butter?

Butter usually serves to keep cake soft and tender by coating the flour molecules in fat and preventing them from developing a tough gluten matrix. In this recipe, butter is replaced with the cooking oil of your choice, which can achieve the safe effect, but with slightly less richness.

Eggs usually help leaven cakes by creating steam that puffs up the batter, then giving structure to the risen cake as the proteins firm up. In this cake, the eggs are replaced with a combination of vinegar and baking soda, which foams up quickly, making the cake light and fluffy. It’s almost like a giant version of my Chocolate Mug Cake, if you’ve ever tried that. Anne Byrn’s 1917 Apple Sauce Cake also uses a similar no-egg, no-butter style batter.

Is This the Best Chocolate Cake?

Haha, let’s be real, this cake doesn’t have butter. So while it’s probably not the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had, it’s a damn fine treat when your cabinets are bare. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy. Anyone can make this cake, and with very little cooking equipment or ingredients. For those two reasons alone, this is a good recipe to keep tucked in your back pocket (or your browser’s bookmarks). Also, it just happens to be vegan!

How to Serve Depression Cake

I made a super simple dairy-free chocolate icing to top my cake, but be aware that this type of dairy-free icing is super sweet because there is no fat to kind of mellow out the sweetness. If you’re not into super sweet icings, I suggest skipping the icing and just dusting your cake with powdered sugar after it cools (if you do it while the cake is still hot the powdered sugar will dissolve). Or, if you do have butter on hand, you can go with a more traditional chocolate buttercream frosting. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of an icing free slice of this cake would also be divine.

One slice of chocolate depression cake or "crazy cake" viewed from the side, a glass of milk in the background

 
One slice of chocolate depression cake or "crazy cake" viewed from the side, a glass of milk in the background
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Chocolate Depression Cake (No Eggs, Butter, or Milk)

This unique Chocolate Cake recipe, popularized during the great depression, is rich and chocolatey without the using any eggs, butter, or milk!
Total Cost $2.41 recipe / $0.27 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 9 1 slice each
Calories 319.77kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour $0.23
  • 1 cup granulated sugar $0.80
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder $0.21
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil* $0.21
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar** $0.06
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
  • 1 cup water $0.00

Chocolate Icing

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar $0.10
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder $0.16
  • 3 Tbsp water $0.00
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.30

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Add 1 cup water to a liquid measuring cup, then add the vanilla extract and vinegar to the water.
  • Add the oil to the bowl of dry ingredients, followed by the water mixture. Stir until the chocolate cake batter is mostly smooth. Make sure no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour the cake batter into an 8x8" or 9x9" baking dish. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake the cake for 35 minutes.

Chocolate Icing

  • If using the chocolate icing, let the cake cool for at least an hour after baking before adding the icing.
  • Wait until the cake is cool, then prepare the icing. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Begin adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it forms a thick but pourable icing (about 3 Tbsp total). If you let the icing sit, it may begin to dry, but you can add a splash more water to make it moist again.
  • Pour the icing over the cooled cake and spread until the cake is evenly covered. Slice the cake into 9 pieces and serve.

Notes

*Use any neutral cooking oil of your choice, like canola, vegetable, grapeseed, safflower, corn, or avocado oil.
**Any light vinegar will work, like white vinegar, rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 319.77kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.44g | Protein: 3.09g | Fat: 9.07g | Sodium: 272.58mg | Fiber: 2.71g

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Chocolate Icing being Poured over the baked chocolate cake

How to Make Chocolate Cake with No Butter, No Eggs, and No Milk – Step by Step Photos

Chocolate cake dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk on the side

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl combine 1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir these ingredients together until they’re well combined.

Wet ingredients being poured into dry ingredients in the bowl

Measure 1 cup water in a liquid measuring cup, then add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 Tbsp vinegar (any light vinegar, like white vinegar, rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar). Add ⅓ cup cooking oil and the water mixture to the dry ingredients.

Mixed cake batter in the bowl with a red spatula

Stir until a thick cake batter forms. A few lumps are okay, but make sure no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.

Cake batter being spread into a square baking dish

Pour the cake batter into an 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking dish.

baked chocolate cake in the white square baking dish

Bake the cake in the fully preheated 350ºF oven for 35 minutes. If you plan to make the chocolate icing, cool the cake for at least an hour before making and adding the icing.

Finished chocolate icing dripping off a red spatula into the bowl

To make the icing, simply add 1.5 cups powdered sugar, ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa, and 1 tsp vanilla extract to a bowl. Starting with one tablespoon water, stir in water until it forms a thick icing (about 3 Tbsp total). The powdered sugar only needs a very small amount of liquid to melt into a thick icing. If you let the icing sit for a bit, it can dry out, but can be moistened again by stirring in another splash of water.

Chocolate icing being spread over the chocolate cake with a red spatula

Pour the prepared icing over the baked and cooled cake, then spread into an even layer. Cut the cake into nine equal pieces, then serve!

A piece of chocolate depression cake on a white plate with a fork and a glass of milk on the side

It’s also really good with a glass of milk or scoop of ice cream. ;)

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How to Make Quick Pickled Vegetables: Guide & Recipes

Do you ever eat a delicious meal out and try to figure out where all the flavor is coming from? Because we definitely do that!
We’ve discovered that sometimes there’s a crunchy pickled vegetable element that really brings the dish to the ne…

How to Make Quick Pickled Vegetables: Guide & Recipes

Do you ever eat a delicious meal out and try to figure out where all the flavor is coming from? Because we definitely do that!

We’ve discovered that sometimes there’s a crunchy pickled vegetable element that really brings the dish to the next level.

And since quick pickled vegetables are so easy to make at home, we decided it’s time to share our foolproof recipes with you!

How to Make Quick Pickled Vegetables: Guide & Recipes from Minimalist Baker →