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Grilled Corn Kale Salad

Enjoy a healthy Corn Kale Salad on its own or as a side to any meal. Ready in under 20 minutes, it's made with massaged kale and topped with grilled corn, squash, avocado, and an easy homemade chili-lime dressing. Plus, it's both vegan AND gluten free!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: lunch, sides
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: corn kale salad, corn salad, grilled corn
Servings: 2
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Erin


  • 4 cups kale massaged with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup zucchini sliced
  • 3/4 cup yellow squash sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 ears of corn husked

for the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño diced with seeds removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • For the salad: place kale in a large bowl, massage it and set it aside
  • For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until everything is combined. Do a taste test and adjust salt/pepper as needed.
  • Cook the corn (two ways): Stovetop: in a large skillet, heat both ears of corn until they turning brown; remove and wait a few minutes before slicing corn off the cob and placing on top of salad. Grill: place the corn directly onto a grill: heat grill on high and cook corn for approximately 10 minutes, until charred.
  • Heat a separate skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place zucchini and squash in it, cooking until golden brown on either sides; put them on top of the kale.
  • While zucchini and squash are cooking, slice the onion and place on the kale salad.
  • Last, add avocado to the salad. Then, drizzle the salad with dressing and enjoy!


Serving size: If you're eating this salad as a meal, the serving size is 2; if you're eating it as a side, the serving size is 4. 
Add-ins: If you want to add protein, try adding salmon, chicken, tuna, or tempeh


Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 1820mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 14392IU | Vitamin C: 218mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 4mg