Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Corn Salsa – sweet corn, onions, and red peppers come together in this fresh summertime salsa recipe. Easy to make and perfect for dipping or serving with grilled chicken or fish.

A bowl of corn salsa plated with tortilla chips next to a bottle of beer

I’m obsessed with this tasty Corn Salsa recipe. It’s a Trader Joe’s copycat recipe made with diced red peppers, onions and jalapeños.

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Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa

A few years ago, a Trader Joe’s market opened up about 30 miles from my home. I was thrilled! I’d heard from other people how much they loved shopping there and I couldn’t wait to try the products they all raved about.  I was not disappointed either. I really do love the store, but let’s face it, this Trader Joe’s isn’t all that close to me and I often can’t justify making the trip just to pick up a few items. I’ll go about once a month and that’s about it.

I love the produce at Trader Joe’s as well as a few other unique products, but my favorite item to pick up is the corn salsa. Each trip, I pick up three jars and the corn salsa never lasts very long at our house.

Since we love corn salsa so much and I’m always running out way too quickly, I decided to make my own. And you know what? Homemade corn salsa is super easy and I actually like it better!

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An overhead view of a bowl of corn salsa plated with tortilla chips

Grilled Corn On The Cob

This wonderful corn salsa recipe begins with grilled corn.

We grill so much during the year so I decided to add a few ears of corn to the grill when I was grilling chicken.

Just drizzle a little olive oil over the ears of corn (after they’ve been shucked and the tiny hairs pulled off), and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and place them on the grill.

The corn doesn’t take any time to cook either – about 5 minutes on one side, then turn and cook until all sides are slightly blackened. I just love the smokey flavor from the grill, too.

How To Make Corn Salsa

This corn salsa combines the sweet, slightly charred grilled corn with finely chopped red peppers, onions, a squeeze of a lime and a little heat from a chopped jalapeño pepper.

  1. Brush the corn liberally with olive oil and season well with a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Grill corn on one side until lightly browned, then continue turning every few minutes, until light brown all over, about 10 minutes. Let cool and cut off the kernels. Discard the cobs.
  2. Toast mustard seeds in a dry small heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mustard seeds begin to pop and turn 1 shade darker, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  3. Place the corn in a large bowl. Add the onion, red pepper, jalapeño pepper and garlic and mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, coriander, salt, pepper, sugar and lime juice. Stir in the toasted mustard seeds. Pour over the corn mixture and toss well. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt or pepper as needed.
  5. Serve with chips or as a topping for tacos, chicken or salmon.

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A bowl of Corn Salsa plated with tortilla chips next to a bottle of beer

This corn salsa is my new favorite kind of salsa –  it’s slightly sweet, savory, crunchy, a little spicy and whole lotta fresh. It’s great with chips, served over chicken, on top of tacos or with just about anything.

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Recipe

Grilled Corn Salsa

I’m obsessed with this tasty Grilled Corn Salsa, a Trader Joe’s copycat recipe made with diced red peppers, onions and jalapeños. Perfect with chips or over chicken and so addictive!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 6 large ears corn , husked
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus more for brushing corn)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

  • Brush the corn liberally with olive oil and season well with a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Grill corn on one side until lightly browned, then continue turning every few minutes, until light brown all over, about 10 minutes. Let cool and cut off the kernals. Discard the cobs.
  • Toast mustard seeds in a dry small heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mustard seeds begin to pop and turn 1 shade darker, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • Place the corn in a large bowl. Add the onion, red pepper, jalapeño pepper and garlic and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, coriander, salt, pepper, sugar and lime juice. Stir in the toasted mustard seeds. Pour over the corn mixture and toss well. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt or pepper as needed.
  • Serve with chips or as a topping for tacos, chicken or salmon.

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29 thoughts on “Grilled Corn Salsa”

  1. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    I love Trader Joes corn salsa!! i love mixing it with a can of black beans, it’s so good with tortilla chips. I will have to try this homemade version!

  2. Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life

    Corn salad is so good! When corn is local, we eat it nonstop! This looks like a great appetizer for us to bring to the party we are going to this weekend!

  3. Love corn, one thing I will definitely miss once the season change. I need to make some of this salsa for the holiday weekend, perfect for Labor Day cookout.

  4. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    We are salsa lovers and love corn salsa! I don’t know why I have never made it at home but you have inspired me! Now to get some corn 🙂

  5. Trader Joe’s is my favorite grocery store! Unfortunately it’s about an hour away so I feel your pain. Their corn salsa really is delicious but I agree your homemade version looks better. So much yum!

  6. LOVE!!! I just got a new grill and I am getting adventurous. Maybe tomorrow I will grill some corn. I cannot wait to make this salsa – we probably make different salsas three or four times a week. Obsessed. This one looks like a great addition to our salsa rotation. 😉

  7. I think that grilled corn is the best option when making salsa! It is so much better with that little bit of char on it. This looks like the perfect summer appetizer.

  8. I am at Trader Joe’s at least once a week, I can’t believe I’ve never had this salsa before! Can’t wait to try making it at home because it looks like something my family would love.

    1. Sara, the corn salsa is so addictive. We would go through two jars at a time – that’s why I needed to make my own. My family loves this version and since I can make it so quickly, I’ve always got it in the fridge 🙂

  9. The only issue with living in the South is that our corn season is over way too early. It is already hard to find and I want to make your grilled corn salsa. It sounds amazing.

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