Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa

This Grilled Sweet Corn salsa is quick and easy! Grilled corn is teamed up with sweet bell peppers, spicy pickled jalapenos and lime juice and cilantro.

Quick and easy is what I’m all about this week.

After a long weekend in Austin, Texas {whoot-whoot!} for a BlogHer conference, I’m not in the mood to really cook and I’m definitely not in the mood to do dishes. Who would be after a weekend of being served amazing food, free drinks and so many social gatherings that don’t end in a sink full of dirty dishes… hey a girl could get use to it, I’m just sayin.

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I’ll recap my BlogHer trip to Austin in a few as I’m finishing up the post, but first I want to share with you this salsa I just so happened to whip up. I honestly only had a few things in the fridge and freezer… and lucky for me Pat picked up fresh corn at the store so it all came together for an amazing dinner and plus it gave me an excuse to use these homemade jalapenos. I know right.

pickled perfection

If you haven’t grilled your corn yet… you’re missing out. Sweet corn + grill = unbelievable-corn-toastyness. It’s true… it’s a whole lot easier than boiling and like I mentioned earlier… less dishes are dirtied in the making. Now this could be served up with corn tortilla chips for a kick butt snack or party app. But next week I’m sharing with you a little ditty you won’t want to miss. I’m not going to tell you what that ditty actually is… only that if you love this recipe… well, you’ll love the ditty.


corn collage

First, start by lightly brushing 4 ears of sweet corn with a little bit of light olive oil. Place them on a grilling rack or directly on the grill grate until a beautiful char happens. Watch closely.

orange peppers

Next, dice up half of an orange bell pepper, similar to the size of corn kernels.

red bell pepper

And then work the same magic on half of a red bell pepper.

diced red onion

Next, dice up about a quarter cup of red onion, small like the peppers.

pickled jalapenos

And then dice up a few of those pickled jalapeños. About a tablespoon or more if you prefer more spice.

chopped cilantro

Next, mince up a handful of fresh cilantro. Then add all of the above to a good-sized mixing bowl.

cut from the cob

Finally, it’s time for the utterly fun yet messy part. Use your sharpest of knives to cut the corn off of the grilled corn.


Keep going until you have a giant pile of corn.

all in the bowl

Next, add all of that corn and add it to the bowl with the peppers and onions.

stirrrr it up

And then toss to combine.

lime 1

Lastly, cut a juicy lime in half.

lime juice

And then squeeze both halves over the corn salsa.

olive oil

Next add a tablespoon of olive oil…


And then season with a half to 3/4 of a teaspoon of kosher salt. Go ahead and take a tortilla chip to taste it after a half a teaspoon, chips have salt so you won’t want to over salt. Know-what-I-mean?


Stir it up for one last and final time before covering it and letting it do it’s thang in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa

Ta-daaaa! Soooo easy…


And this Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa is just the right thing for snacking. But stay tuned to see what I really used this salsa for. Eeek!

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Now, who wants to dive head first into this bowl?

Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 cups

Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa

Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa
Quick and easy! Grilled corn is teamed up with sweet bell peppers, spicy pickled jalapenos and the beloved combination of lime juice and cilantro.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 4 ears of fresh sweet corn
  • extra light olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced small
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste


  1. Brush the corn with light olive oil. Place on a hot grill until cooked and slightly charred. Turn often and watch carefully.
  2. While the corn is cooling; combine the chopped peppers, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, the juice of an entire lime, cilantro and season with kosher salt. Give it a good toss, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Stir once before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 199mg Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 2g
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48 Responses to “Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa”

  1. #
    Tieghan Gerard — June 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Love this! I have been using/ putting corn salsa on everything these days. So good!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

      I know Tieghan… I’m obsessed with grilled corn right now 🙂

  2. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yes please!! Come to mama!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

      I think the baby needs this salsa!! Thanks Liz!!

  3. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m in love! This salsa is just incredible looking!!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

      Thanks so much Jocelyn!

  4. #
    Muna Kenny — June 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I can imagine myself having this salsa with some puffed Indian bread (puri). It looks perfect!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

      Ooooh I need to learn more about this Indian bread! 🙂

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Sweet babies I want that.

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    This salsa is exactly what I need to be eating this week! Diet starts soon.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      I know right? I blame Austin… and the Hello Cupcakes… annnnnd the margaritas! 🙂

  7. #
    Julia Yohe — June 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Wow! This salsa looks so yummy. It’s so easy to do. Even my kids can make this and they will enjoy the grilling part. Thanks a lot!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

      Thanks Julia! I love getting my kids to help in the kitchen and I finally have one old enough to take over the chopping! 🙂

  8. #
    Richard — June 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Salsa, Salsa, Salsa! I love this recipe. I would just up the amount of Jalapeno peppers to 2 or 3 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

      Go for it! I would too, but my kids thought this batch was really spicy… homemade jalapenos tend to be spicier than the store bought though. 🙂

  9. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    This looks so fabulous!

  10. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — June 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    So light and beautiful colors… perfect for summer

  11. #
    Robby — June 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! And I was trolling for some new ideas for an event. This looks perfect. Of course, I’ll need to taste test a batch or three, first.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      Thank you Robby! Taste testing is a total must 🙂

  12. #
    Daisy Ray@ Flowers Fruit and Fun — June 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Yum! I love corn- on- the- cob!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

      Me too! I’ve been grilling corn left and right lately! 🙂

  13. #
    Sheila — June 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This is my kinda food! I can’t wait to make those pickled jalepenos this summer!

  14. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    This salsa looks incredible! I can’t eat tomatoes and I always feel a little left out on the salsa front so I can’t wait to try this!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

      Well Jenny this salsa is for you GIRL!! 🙂

  15. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — June 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    That bowl is absolutely stunning. I’d say it’s almost too pretty to eat, but we all know there’s no such thing. I’m thinking it deserves the ‘bobbing for apples’ face-first treatment. Look away!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

      Jeanne!!!! It was so great to meet you this weekend! You are simply the best and the moment when Ree said “OH!! Your Nana Bread” will forever make me smile… what a moment! XXO

  16. #
    Jackie — June 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so glad I got to meet you! You are even more adorable and wonderful than I had imagined.
    p.s. I could totally make a meal out of this salsa.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

      Aww thanks Jackie!! It was so great to meet you too! XXo

  17. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — June 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    This salsa looks so good! I love the vibrant colors and I know it would taste amazing too. Nothing like a fresh homemade salsa!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

      Thanks Haley!!

  18. #
    Cassie — June 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I can’t get over meeting you this weekend. You are a GEM and I can’t wait until next time. I’ll never forget those fire fighters 😉

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

      I just adore you Cassie! I had so much fun and only wish we could’ve sucked down more margaritas while Katie was getting flirted with 🙂 The fire fighter incident was hilarious!

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I just want to just dive head first into that bowl – so many amazing flavors!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

      Ditto Erin! I’m starving right now and I’m wishing I had a bowl of this and some tortillas {and margaritas.. don’t judge} 😉

  20. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Laurie, this is SO gorgeous! I can just imagine piling this on grilled meats and mixing it into salads. Beautiful summer salsa with so many possibilities! I LOVE it.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

      Thanks Georgia! I love the idea of it on grilled steak!

  21. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — June 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This salsa looks so light and summery! Delicious!

  22. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Corn salsa is my favorite. I love that you got it right off the cob.

  23. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — June 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love this! I have always wanted to grill corn but I never have. Now I have the perfect excuse to.
    PS It was so nice meeting you at BlogHer. And thank you for not judging me for downing 5 tacos at the Tasty Kitchen party 🙂

  24. #
    Luv What You Do — June 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! I love grilled corn and this salsa is perfect for summer BBQ’s!

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 17, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I could dive right in with a spoon!

  26. #
    rachel — June 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I make something so similar! Great minds think alike! <3

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

      Yes they do! 🙂


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