A bowl of raw corn salad with tomatoes and feta.

Last week, as a side dish for dinner, I made Mark Bittman’s raw corn salad with tomatoes, feta, and mint. My husband took one bite and said, “It’s good,” adding as he put down his spoon: “But too much corn.”

Too much corn in the corn salad?!

Oh for Pete’s sake. If he weren’t always (nearly) spot on, I might have protested, or taken offense, or responded as my mother might have, with an “mmm hmm.” Instead, I …

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A bowl of raw corn salad with tomatoes, feta, and basil.

Mark Bittman’s Raw Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, Basil & Mint

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side salad
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This is an absolute favorite late-summer, early fall salad when the local corn is irresistible. As noted in the title, this is adapted from a Mark Bittman.


  • ears corns, shucked
  • pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ounces feta, crumbled (I prefer in-brine varieties), optional
  • cup finely chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 1 lime, halved, plus more to taste


  1. Line a shallow bowl or plate with a kitchen towel. Use one hand to hold an ear of corn in place upright atop the kitchen towel. With your other hand, use a knife to cut off two to three rows of kernels at a time by sliding the knife down the cob. Get as close to the cob as you can. Transfer corn to a bowl with the tomatoes, feta, and herbs. If using the chickpeas or beans, add them to the bowl as well.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste. Add 4 tablespoons oil and the juice of half a lime. Toss and taste. Add another 1/2 teaspoon salt if necessary and more pepper to taste. If it needs more acidity, squeeze in the remaining lime. If it needs more dressing, drizzle in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Toss. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: raw, corn, salad, basil, tomatoes, feta, lime, summer