Spinach Salad with Tomato & Corn (Summer Vegetarian Recipe)

A divine spinach salad recipe to celebrate the season and relish the harvest of fresh, abundant summertime ingredients.

Summer spinach salad recipe with honey lime dressing and fresh cut corn on the cob, in a white bowl.

This summer spinach salad recipe with tomato and corn was one of the first gems I discovered in a pile of old cookbooks I was gifted by my Father.

It’s an oldie but a goodie that I just love so much! I know you will, too.

When my parents were somewhere in their seventies, before my Mom’s Alzheimer’s struck, my Dad was on a cookbook-buying spree. I think he was trying to encourage her to try new recipes and foods.

I could see what he was up to, and I had to chuckle. But it wasn’t working. Long story short, guess who got all the cookbooks? 😉

Why I Love this Recipe

Summer is the perfect time for this beauty. It’s a chockful of fresh, healthy ingredients. It’s just so lovely. And once I start, I can’t stop eating it.

Why do I love this salad? Let me count the ways. Fresh kernels right off the cobb. Healthy and satisfying spinach drizzled in flavorful dressing with a touch of sweetness. And finally, cilantro. Ahhh, the end of a perfect story.

It’s just so darn wholesome, fresh, and totally delicious.

Spinach Salad Ingredients

The spinach, fresh corn, lime, jalapeño, and cilantro are such a delicious combination! All my favorite flavors in one bowl!

For the best results, use the freshest ingredients you can.

Fresh Corn

I love to cut the kernels right off the freshly cooked cob.

Fresh corn is a nutritional powerhouse that boasts several healthy qualities.

It is rich in dietary fiber and contains essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C for immune support, B vitamins for energy metabolism, and potassium for heart health.

Spinach 

Commonly known as a superfood, spinach is loaded with fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants.

It is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, K1, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Tomatoes

These red beauties are an important source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been associated with many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also good for an ample supply of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

Cucumbers

High in beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, cucumbers also contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber.

Eating cucumbers may aid in hydration, digestive regularity, and lower blood sugar levels.

Pistachios

Pistachios are a nut with numerous health benefits.

They are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and contain a combination of nutrients, including protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium.

You can find shelled pistachios at stores like Costco, specialty grocery stores, health food stores, or online.

Delicious Salad Dressing

This yummy recipe contains lime juice, honey, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and a sprinkle of salt. The flavor is as fresh as summer!

Homemade salad dressings have so many healthy qualities that differentiate them from store-bought counterparts.

You have complete control over the ingredients, so you can be assured it’s healthy and dial up or down the spice and flavor to suit your liking.

Spinach Salad Recipe

This is the perfect entertaining salad because it makes a beautiful and colorful statement and has summer written all over it. It would pair well at your next barbeque, pizza party, picnic, or potluck.

Without further ado, here is the recipe!

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summer spinach salad recipe with honey lime dressing and fresh cut corn on the cob, in a white bowl

Summer Spinach Salad Recipe


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This is your quintessential summer salad! It’s healthy and bursting with flavor and fresh-cut corn. Serve it alone or add a side of grilled anything.


Ingredients

Scale

Salad

4 ears of corn, boiled or frozen corn, thawed

2 cups spinach

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped

3/4 cup cucumber, chopped

1/4 cup raw pistachios

Dressing

1/4 cup lime juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced

4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt


Instructions

Salad

Remove husks and silks from the corn. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 teaspoon of salt. Place corn in water and boil for 10 minutes, just until corn is tender. Drain and remove the corn from the water. Let cool. Carefully slice corn kernels off of cobs.

Add spinach, tomato, and cucumber to a large salad or serving bowl.

Dressing

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and honey until blended. Add jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and salt. Stir again. Pour dressing evenly over spinach mixture and gently fold. Sprinkle top with corn and pistachios. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Salad Dressing. Add the dressing to the salad just before serving. Only put salad dressing on the amount of salad you plan to eat at that setting. Store any leftover, undressed salad ingredients in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Refrigerate the leftover salad dressing in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Shake before serving.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Spinach, Salad, Dressing, Corn, Honey, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Pistachios, Tomato, Cucumber

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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

What to Serve with Spinach Salad

Rosemary and Prosciutto Pizza
Sauteed Shrimp
Savory Quiche

If you are a spinach lover like I am, you must try these delicious spinach stuffed portobello mushrooms.

More Salad Recipes

Green Salad with Mandarin Oranges
Zoodle Salad with Chicken & Peanut Sauce

I hope you enjoy all the flavors of this healthy spinach salad as much as I do. Leave a comment below, and let me know if you make it for your next gathering.

xo,
Cindy

Nutrition. Any statements regarding dietary information are to be used at your discretion and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Nutrition Information References

Nutritional Weight and Wellness
weightandwellness.com
Make Vegetables the Star of your Diet

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