Summer Side Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 10, 2009


A nutritious and delicious summer side salad…or lunch!  There are many great colors, textures and flavors in this dish.  I set out to use up some of my corn…then threw in the FIRST tomato from my garden (more on that tomorrow!), then a cucumber that was on sale last week and needed to be used up…plus some chickpeas, parsley from the garden and a vinaigrette dressing!



2 15 oz. cans of chickpeas
4 corn cobs
1 tomato
1 cucumber
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3-4 sprigs of parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
Salt and Pepper, to taste

1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
2. Boil corn cobs for 4-5 minutes. Remove and let cool until can handle to slice off the kernals. Slice kernals.
3. Dice tomato. Peel and dice cucumber. Crush the garlic. Toss all ingredients in a bowl.
4. Make dressing with vinegar, olive oil, salt and crushed pepper.
5. Pour dressing over chickpeas and veggies. Toss well.
6. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until cool. Serve chilled.

We managed to eat up most of the “$.17 an ear” corn that I bought last week.  Based on Shelly’s suggestion, I decided to freeze the corn.


How to Freeze Whole Corn on the Cob:

  1. Shuck the corn.
  2. Wrap each ear in plastic wrap.
  3. Wrap them all up in foil or drop into a freezer plastic bag.
  4. When ready to use, drop them frozen in boiling water for 4-5 minutes or until ready.

Some prefer to blanch their corn for 4-6 min in boiling water, submerge in an ice bath for same amount of time, and then freezing.  Try it both ways and let me know which you prefer!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Stott July 10, 2009 at 5:50 pm

This looks sooo yummy and perfectly for a hot day. Thanks for sharing!


Mercedes July 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I make a similar salad without the corn but with couscous and feta.



Tiffany July 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I’m so jealous of the tomato! I’ve got one that’s getting close to ripe and I can’t wait. Your salad looks good. Yum!


Debbie July 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I have made a similar salad with black beans. If you used one can black beans and one can chickpeas it would be a nice option.


Alea July 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm

This looks wonderful! What a great way to use garden veggies iinstead of the usual green salad.


Rachel July 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Wow! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out- definitely making the master meals list, thank you!


Desiree@foodista July 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Love the combination of ingredients and flavors! And colors too! Looks like a salad I’d definitely want to try.


Tina July 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

How long did you freeze them and how did they taste thawed? I have read that you must blanch corn first to stop the ?ripening? process or it can continue even frozen?


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