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Easy Homemade Southwest Sweet Corn Salsa Recipe: A Spicy, Fresh, and Healthy Summer Appetizer or Snack

Updated on August 3, 2012
Fresh southwestern sweet corn salsa.
Fresh southwestern sweet corn salsa. | Source

This southwestern inspired corn salsa recipe is a Texan favorite. The corn makes the salsa naturally sweeter than a traditional tomato-based salsa, meaning kids will love it -- and they'll get a serving or two of fruits and vegetables along the way!

It can be made in one bowl and requires very little work -- some easy vegetable chopping and mixing. That's it. If you have your corn precooked, you can whip up a great corn salsa in five minutes tops.

Recipe Ratings

5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Homemade Southwest Sweet Corn Salsa

Cook Time: Sweet Corn Salsa

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Four servings of 100 grams
A little balsamic vinegar brings out nice flavor dimensions in this healthy corn salsa.
A little balsamic vinegar brings out nice flavor dimensions in this healthy corn salsa. | Source

Corn Salsa: Ingredients

  • 2 cobs fresh sweet corn, cooked
  • one third of a raw tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup raw onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • one third of a red bellpepper, diced
  • sprig of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cumin

Salsa Preparation Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking your corn (two cobs). I roasted fresh cobs of corn on the grill for maximum flavor, but you can boil them as well. If you don't have fresh corn available, you can substitute frozen corn.
  2. Put the corn in a large bowl. Dice a third of a tomato, a third of a red bellpepper, a quarter cup of onions, and one small jalapeno. Add diced ingredients to the bowl. (I used minimal onions and jalapenos to keep it kid-friendly -- my daughter doesn't like a lot of spice. If you're making it for adults, you can double the quantity of onions and jalapenos. Deseeding the jalapenos prior to use is a great way to cut down on the heat.)
  3. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. (If you don't have balsamic vinegar, you can substitute lemon juice or apple cider vinegar instead. Basically, you just need a sour component.)
  4. Mix well, adding salt and cumin to taste.
  5. Chop a sprig of cilantro and use it as a garnish to decorate the top of the corn salsa.
  6. OPTIONAL: Cover the bowl with saran wrap or a plate and leave it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. This allows the flavors to blend.

You're Done! Your Fresh, Homemade Corn Salsa is Ready to Eat!

Homemade corn salsa is a sweet and spicy treat that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Homemade corn salsa is a sweet and spicy treat that both kids and adults will enjoy. | Source

This corn salsa is a hit with all the kids in my neighborhood. (If they can't handle the spicy kick, you can leave out the jalapenos.) The adults love it too. It's a sweet, summery twist on the classic chips-and-dip party appetizer.

All of the ingredients in the salsa are either fresh fruits and vegetables or sourced from the same -- so it's a healthy, wholesome treat for summer. The corn salsa is a good source of several important micronutrients like folate, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. All sugars are naturally occurring in the fruit, and most of the fat content is from the olive oil -- which is a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Nutritional Information: Homemade Southwest Sweet Corn Salsa

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100 g
Calories 74
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Recommendations: What To Do With Your Homemade Corn Salsa

  • An old favorite: pair with warm tortilla chips for a healthy afternoon snack or party appetizer
  • Add to burritos or fajitas for a Chipotle-inspired flavor
  • Serve alongside grilled chicken
  • Add to hamburgers for an interesting southwestern kick
  • Mix with mashed avocado for a new twist on guacamole
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce or kale for a no hassle salad
  • Include it in your next batch of chili
  • Bake the corn salsa into a casserole with chicken and rice

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Comments: How Do You Like To Eat Your Corn Salsa?

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    • CarNoobz profile image

      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

      oOoh...that looks delish! I was never into sweet salsas until recently, but now I'm hooked.

      Voted up

    • skylergreene profile image

      skylergreene 5 years ago

      The other nice thing about it is that it's cheap -- around here, you can get ears of corn for between 10-25 cents. It's definitely a great change-up in summer, though I do like corn on the cob too.

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Looks good and I'll have to give it a try. Fresh corn is so plentiful in summer this salsa would make a nice change from the usual serving of corn on the cob. Rated 5 stars for ease, healthfulness and pure "sounds tasty"

    • Cathleena Beams profile image

      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Very yummy looking salsa. My dad makes a great tomato, chili peppers and cilantro salsa, but this one with the corn looks very appealing to me also, and I will have to use your recipe to try this one out as well.