Summer Mojito Corn Salad


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(Note: this post was originally published on August 11, 2019. It has since been updated with new photos and a couple tweaks).

A Summer Corn Salad for Hot Days

Everyone loves a mojito during the summer, right? Zippy lime juice and fresh mint are an iconic flavor combination. But why should we confine those fabulous flavors to just cocktails? Enter the mojito salad.

This salad features all of summer's best produce: succulent grilled corn, crisp sugar snap peas, refreshing cucumber, and sweet juicy blueberries and peaches. It's all kissed with lime juice and fresh mint for that classic mojito combination. It has been a go-to on our deck and on our picnic blanket for years, and I hope it will be for you too.

This mojito salad has a very specific origin. It was July 4th, 2019, which was a very hot day. We decided to go for a picnic and a swim at the lake, and I figured mojitos would be the right sort of cocktail to bring along for a hot summer evening. On a whim I made a fresh mint salad with the same flavors. Mojitos plus this mojito salad made for the best beach picnic ever!

Healthy, vegan, summer corn salad with a lime and mint dressing

What is a Mojito?

A mojito is a very classic Cuban cocktail that involves rum, lime juice, mint, and sweetener (usually unrefined sugar). It's a simple summer sip that's easy to make, versatile, and popular. The combination of lime and mint is fresh, vibrant, and perfect for a hot day. That flavor combination also happens to translate beautifully into a salad format.

A Mojito Salad??

Yes it's true, I've turned the classic cocktail into a salad. The mojito flavor enters the salad in the form of a zippy lime dressing and an abundance of fresh mint tossed in with the veggies. Instead of the usual sugar in a mojito, this salad uses a dash of honey (or agave) to bring a hint of sweetness to balance the tart lime.

To echo the mojito vibe, I love to fill this salad with an abundance of iconic summer produce: corn, snap peas, cucumbers, blueberries, and peaches. I then like to finish it off with a big sprinkling of crunchy, buttery macadamia nuts, which work so beautifully alongside the lime and mint.

Mojito salad with corn, snap peas, cucumber, blueberries, peaches, fresh mint, and a lime dressing

Mojito Salad Variations

This super-fresh mint salad is very flexible, which is one of the reasons why I keep coming back to it summer after summer. It's great with pineapple or mango instead of peaches. It could easily become a meal with your favorite grilled protein on top. I often add avocado if it's not going to be sitting out for long. You could also add a couple pinches of cumin to the dressing for a more complex flavor profile.

Because all of the ingredients are quite hearty, this is a great salad to take on an outing. It fares well sitting in a container for a few hours, as we've proven many times at picnics and outdoor concerts.

Make-Ahead Tips

Good news for your summer parties: this summer corn salad works really well as a make-ahead dish. If you want to prepare it the day before, I suggest keeping the dressing and the cut-up veggies and fruits in separate containers and tossing them together before serving. If you want to prepare it just a few hours ahead, you can make the whole salad and just let it sit in the fridge. If possible, leave the macadamias off until just before serving so they keep their crunch.

Close-up of a beautiful, colorful, healthy and vegan summer corn salad

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here's what you'll need for this summery lime and mint salad, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Grilled corn. I love to grill corn outside and then cut the kernels off the cob. If you're looking for a shortcut though, Trader Joe's often sells bags of frozen grilled corn.
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cucumbers. I love baby cukes, but one regular-sized one will work fine too.
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Peaches. Or pineapple works great instead and gives this mint salad more of a tropical flavor profile.
  • Fresh mint
  • Macadamia nuts. My greatest love! I always use Mauna Loa Macadamias.
  • Lime juice
  • Honey. Or sub agave for a fully vegan version. Maple syrup could work too, although it won't make as much sense with the seasonal produce in this summer corn salad.
  • Salt and black pepper

Fresh corn and mint salad shown alongside a mojito cocktail

Closing Thoughts

One final and very important point. If you're loving the idea of turning a classic cocktail into a salad, you'll definitely want to check out my Mint Julep Quinoa Salad, which is another summer go-to in our house. Classic cocktails have such iconic flavor profiles, and I've had such fun trying to repurpose those flavors into a salad format.

Isn't this a fun one? It's so summery, quick to make, really versatile, colorful, and loaded with seasonal produce. It's everything I want in a summer salad. I hope you enjoy this whimsical, cocktail-inspired lime and mint salad for all the rest of your picnics, deck parties, and backyard get-togethers this season. Don't forget the mojitos!

Summer mojito salad shown alongside a mojito cocktail with lime wedges and mint leaves

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Summer Mojito Corn Salad

This summer corn salad has been a go-to on our deck for years. It's loaded with seasonal produce and an unexpected mojito-inspired dressing for an unforgettable flavor combination.



For the Salad

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 2 c sugar snap peas
  • 4 baby cucumbers
  • 1 c fresh blueberries
  • Ripe peach
  • 20-30 mint leaves
  • 0.5 c roasted salted macadamia nuts

For the Dressing

  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 tbsp honey (or agave)
  • Generous salt and black pepper


  1. Grill the corn ears and let them cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients. Trim the ends off the sugar snap peas, then cut the peas, cucumbers, and peach into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk. You may need to warm the honey up slightly to get it to mix well with the lime juice.
  4. To the bowl with the dressing, add the corn and sugar snaps. If possible, let them sit in the dressing for 15 minutes to absorb the flavor.
  5. Cut the mint leaves into very fine ribbons.
  6. Add the cucumber slices, fruit, and mint leaves to the salad and mix again gently.
  7. Transfer the salad to a serving platter and garnish with macadamias.

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July 13, 2023
This combination of flavors was exquisite- especially when peaches are juicy and the garden is overflowing with peas, berries and mint. A perfect summer meal!
May 18, 2023
Wow this is so creative. I’m loving your mint series! We have so much of it in our garden.
September 20, 2020
This is a perfect summer dinner when the garden is flourishing. The salty macadamias set off the sweet fruit and the deep flavor of roasted corn. Excellent!