Balsamic Potato and Corn Salad

Summer is fading into memory. But, I continue to crave summer salads. So bear with me and my thoughts will turn to pot roasts and chicken spaghetti soon enough.

Up until yesterday, I still had a big pile of Vermont red potatoes from my husband’s trip to the Northeast. I will not be letting one of the succulent little orbs go unused and this recipe that I clipped earlier this summer popped into my head. And, much to my joy, sweet yellow corn is still in the store in ample supplies. This potato salad is extremely easy and a refreshing alternative to the heavy, mayonnaise based picnic fair. And it is fantastic at room temperature or cold. You will want to give this one a try.

corn on the cobThis recipe is credited to Ellyn Shull of Kirkland, Washington. It is a Better Homes and Gardens Prize Winning recipe and you will see why. It is fresh and seasonal and simple…my favorite qualities in a salad. Don’t overlook Better Homes and Gardens as a recipe source. I have found some of my favorites in this magazine and I think it is because they emphasize very user friendly recipes for busy people. My changes to the recipe are merely cosmetic. I will add the original instructions in parentheses in case you want the options. You can boil your vegetables in two pots, but I chose to cook them one after the other to save on washing pots and so I wouldn’t have two giant bubbling, steaming pots going in the kitchen.

dressing ingredients

Balsamic Potato and Corn Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This is an inventive twist on potato salad.
  • 1 pound sliced red potatoes (or yellow)
  • 3 fresh ears of corn (2 ears or a cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in halves or quarters (or 3 Roma)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot (or red onion)
  • ½ teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard (or regular Dijon)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup or more crumbled feta cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove and season it with salt. Shuck the corn and remove the silk. Boil the ears of corn for about 4 to 5 minutes. You want it to retain its crispness so don’t let it go longer than that. Remove the corn to a plate to cool. Slice the potatoes and add them to the pot of boiling water. Gently boil the potatoes until they are just tender. You do not want them falling apart, so test them at about 4 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and rinse them with cool water.
  2. Meanwhile put the olive oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, and sugar in a lidded jar and shake it to combine.
  3. When the corn is cool enough to handle, slice the corn off of the cob. If you hold the cob vertically and slice down with a very sharp knife in a diagonal fashion, the corn will just peel away from the cob in these attractive chunks. To the extent possible leave them in these clusters. Allow the potatoes and corn to cool completely to room temperature or put them in the refrigerator to cool until you are ready to serve.
  4. Plate the salads individually with potatoes, corn, dressing, tomatoes, feta, and then the torn basil, or combine the potatoes, corn, tomatoes and dressing in a large bowl and serve it with the feta and basil scattered on top. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

boiling corn and potatoesNotes:

I was very happy to be able to use my OXO mandoline for these potatoes. The cooking time is so short and it was very nice to know that they were all done at exactly the same moment because they were all exactly the same thickness. I tried to use the mandoline to slice the corn off of the cob because I have seen it done that way before, but it didn’t work as well as a good old fashioned knife.

salad platedIncidentally, I have always used the same standard set of Henkels knives. But about 2 years ago I treated myself to a Santoku knife and I love it. It has a thinner blade and is a dream for prepping vegetables.


  1. ccg says

    My dad would have loved this salad. Being from Iowa, he liked everything CORN. “Oh, we’re from Iowa, Iowa ….”

  2. Cuzin, Susan says

    Kelly, Would love to try this, this weekend, but also want to try the Salt Roasted Potatoes recipe. Will they work well together? Susan

  3. Kelly says

    They would work for me…but as you can see, I LOVE potatoes. I think if I was doing them for the same meal, I would probably just make sure to increase the corn and decrease the potatoes a smidge. Or, I would eat the salad for lunch and the roasted potatoes for dinner. Naaa, I’d probably eat them the way they are all at the same time. I hope you like them!

  4. Cuzin, Susan says

    I already increased the corn and am thinking of grilling them. I think I will keep the potatoes at that same amount! Or more. They will not go to waste. Wish I had your Vermont potatoes! Susan

  5. says

    Glad you liked the recipe. I am going to try your tweeks. The best part about cooking if riffing on other people’s recipes. Looking forward to subscribing to and reading your blog. — Ellyn Shull (-pen name — Oaksmith)

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