Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

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A big bowl of our summery Zucchini and Grilled Corn Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Last week I showed you my favorite method for grilling corn.

This week? Let’s throw in some zucchini and a tangy sun-dried tomato dressing and call it a salad, shall we?

Freshly grilled corn and zucchini for a delicious summer vegan salad

This recipe is for all of my grilled vegetable lovers out there. It’s simple to make – just grill veggies and blend dressing (literally) – and requires just 30 minutes from start to finish.

Roasted chickpeas are an optional add-in for extra protein and fiber to take this from side dish to entrée with virtually no extra time and little effort. Just roast them while your corn is grilling. Garbanzos for the win!

Baking sheet with crispy roasted chickpeas for a whole meal summer salad

That dressing though.

Think zesty sun-dried tomatoes* blended with fresh lemon juice, basil, olive oil, garlic, and a touch of maple and salt and pepper for flavor balance. Super creamy, flavorful, and perfect on top of these smoky grilled vegetables.

Hubba.

*Note: You can learn about the origins of sun-dried tomatoes here.

Bowl of our delicious Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette recipe

I hope you all LOVE this salad. It’s:

Easy to make
Veggie-packed
Super healthy
Summery
Light + Fresh
Flavorful
& Delicious

This is the perfect side dish for BBQs and dinner parties, especially in the summertime. Bring your veggies and grill them on the spot to wow your friends. They’ll be so impressed with your grilling/salad/delicious dressing skills. Make it an entrée with roasted chickpeas, or throw in some cooked pasta to keep things easy (like this recipe).

If you give this recipe a try, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see your salad in action. Cheers, friends!

Bowl of our 30-Minute Zucchini & Grilled Corn Salad topped with crispy chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

An amazing, light summer dish: 30-minute Grilled Zucchini & Corn Salad with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette! Top with roasted chickpeas for even more protein.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Teal bowl filled with Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
4.86 from 49 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 4 Days

Ingredients

VEGGIES

  • 5-6 ears corn (in husk)
  • 2-3 medium zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp grape seed, avocado or olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper

DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup packed sun-dried tomatoes* (soaked in hot water 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup hot water*
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil (I used half parsley)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed (4 cloves yield ~2 Tbsp)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch each sea salt + black pepper (plus more to taste)

EXTRAS optional

  • Roasted chickpeas*
  • Fresh lime juice

Instructions

  • Start by heating up your grill and prepping the corn and zucchini.
  • Slice zucchini thinly lengthwise, brush lightly with avocado or grape seed oil (or another high-heat oil), and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside. Also soak corn (in husk) in cold water for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your dressing by adding all ingredients (sun-dried tomatoes, hot water, lemon juice, basil, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper) to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth. If too thick, add more water to thin until pourable (see photo). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity, garlic for zing, maple syrup for sweetness, salt + pepper for flavor balance, or basil for freshness/earthiness. Set aside.
  • Once your grill is hot, add corn (still in husk) and cover. Cook for 5-8 minutes, rotating to cook all sides, until all sides are lightly browned. Then carefully remove husk and place back on grill until golden brown on all sides - about 5-8 minutes.
  • When the corn is almost ready, add zucchini to the grill and grill on each side for about 2-4 minutes, depending on how hot the grill is. You want grill marks, but you don't want the zucchini to get too soft. Set aside.
  • Cut corn off cob and halve zucchini. Then add to a serving bowl. At this time, add roasted chickpeas if desired (see notes for preparation). Drizzle with fresh lime juice and desired amount of dressing, and garnish with fresh basil and/or parsley.
  • Best when fresh. Leftover dressing will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Notes

*I use sun-dried tomatoes that are dry in a package (from Trader Joe's). If yours come packed in oil, you will likely need much less water, so start with 1/4 cup (60 ml // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and work your way up from there.
*To make roasted chickpeas (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), thoroughly drain a 15-ounce can of chickpeas and add to a mixing bowl. Then add 1 Tbsp olive or grape seed oil, a healthy pinch each sea salt, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Roast at 350 degrees F (176 C) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated using 2 zucchini, 6 ears of corn, and all of the dressing per 4 servings.
*You will have plenty of leftover dressing, which will last for about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Use on salads, grilled veggies, and more!

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 287 Carbohydrates: 30 g Protein: 5 g Fat: 19.8 g Saturated Fat: 2.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 54 mg Fiber: 4.5 g Sugar: 7.9 g

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  1. Christine says

    Divine!! I added Chopped, fresh red onion to ours and served over arugula, with cumin-spiced grilled shrimp. Thank you for an absolute summertime dream!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Christine! And love the modifications- thanks so much for sharing! xo

  2. Shawna says

    This was delicious! I used already husked corn and just tossed it on the grill and it turned out great. I also wasn’t able to get my hands on fresh basil so I used dried basil- maybe 2 tablespoons. The dressing came out with a punch! I plan on making this a few more times this summer!

  3. Alicia says

    This recipe was delicious! I made it for dinner with fresh zucchini and corn from the farmer’s market. The first time I made it I used jarred sun dried tomatoes in oil, the second time with with sun dried tomatoes without oil. The second time I made it (without oil) I had to add a lot more water to get the same consistency as before so just be ready for that (and that’s after soaking in hot water!).

    When I make this again (and I will!) I’ll probably use the sun dried tomatoes in oil. I also found myself adding red wine vinegar for some extra acidity and I definitely recommend adding red pepper flakes for kick if you like spicy.

    This makes an excellent side dish and can easily be made into an entree by adding the suggested crispy chick peas for protein.

      • Katie says

        Delicious recipe! I used the sundried tomatoes in oil from Trader Joe’s and it turned out great. I love all of your recipes and don’t often leave comments, but everyone needs to make this!!

  4. Zoë Lukas says

    LOVED this recipe, and I will definitely be putting it on heavy rotation throughout the summer. Served this over baby arugula – so delicious!

  5. Debbie says

    I made this last night and it was really tasty. A hit all round with the family. The flavours are great and its easy to make. Love the sauce.
    The two things I would do differently are to cut the zucchini thicker than I did and not add the chick peas until everything is ready (as per the instructions!) My chickpeas went a bit soft.
    This will be one of my staple recipes now.

  6. Jamie osenshine says

    I plan on making this over the weekend but I don’t have a grill. Do you think it will turn out fine baking them in the oven?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jamie, on broil might work! But watch closely and make sure to remove the corn husk. Let us know how it goes!

  7. Marisa says

    I can’t wait to make the whole thing in the summer when fresh corn is in season, but I prepped the sauce for a sauteed zucchini dish. THIS SAUCE is game changing, I had never thought to use puree soaked sun dried tomatoes into a vinaigrette/finishing sauce. This time around, I didn’t have enough tomatoes, so I added a bit of tahini to make it creamier and balance the acidity – on point. Thank you for all of your recipes and insights, I’m always amazed at how healthful and flavorful these dishes turn out!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review, Marisa! We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes! xo

  8. Sam says

    That SAUCE tho!! Amazing, especially for my sweets loving self, the maple syrup made it perrrfect. And now I’m a huge grilled zucchini fan. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  9. Wendy Raymer says

    Tastes like summer!!! We served it over baby kale and added micro greens on top. The dressing is delicious! I also made the roasted chickpeas to go along.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Wendy. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  10. Sari R says

    Hands down a 5 star recipe! Definitely reimagined what grilled vegetables could be, as they’re a daily staple in our house all summer long. We paired it with grilled portobello burgers. I can attest that way less water should be used for tomatoes packed in oil, I used a little less than 1/2 cup.

  11. Christina says

    We loved this easy recipe, delicious! I roastet zucchini + frozen corn mildly in a pan. Also I used the oil that came with the dried tomatoes, it was a bit milder and I didn´t want to through it away. Next time I will try half olive oil, half tomatoe, + half coriander, half parsley and one day the roasted chick beas on top (if there is more thime). Thanks for this nice one <3 Greetings from Germany

  12. Deb Schneider says

    I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious…like all of your recipes that I’ve tried! I can’t wait to put the vinaigrette on EVERYTHING/ANYTHING! I used smoked sundried tomatoes, which added a nice hint of smokiness.

  13. Erin B. says

    I made this last night and it was wonderful! I added purple, red-skin and yukon gold fingerling potatoes (first blanched, then oiled, salted and grilled), as well as grilled red bell pepper. I followed the recipe for the dressing exactly and it was incredible! This is a total keeper to enhance summery garden-fresh produce and herbs.

  14. Karling says

    The dressing complemented the zucchini and corn nicely! I used probably 1/3 parsley, 2/3 basil for the herbs, and it turned out very well (though definitely more green in color than the pictures). We ate it with baby kale and half the corn.

  15. Alyssa Garbarino says

    I made this recipe with a few veggie variations but am such a fan! Specifically the tomato vinaigrette was ridiculously delicious and versatile. I’ve actually used the leftovers as a pasta sauce and it’s worked out really really well. I will continue to make this recipe but make the dressing in bigger quantities to freeze because it’s just too delicious. Thanks for this recipe!

  16. Lisa K. says

    Another delicious recipe!! I love love love this sauce and will definitely be trying it on other things, but it paired perfectly with the corn and zucchini! I did swap agave for maple syrup.

  17. Erin says

    I made this tonight but put a “Mexican” spin on it. Subbed in cilantro for the herbs and the sun dried tomatoes for some dried chiles, a little tomato paste and a handful of cashews. Added some black beans to the mix and it was AMAZING. Thanks for the summer salad inspo!!

  18. Laura says

    I made this for dinner tonight (although it’s pretty cold here in Australia at the moment) and it went down a treat! I added capsicum (bell pepper), avocado and haloumi, and even T-Rex (my meat eating husband) thought it was so good that he had seconds AND asked if he could take any leftovers for lunch tomorrow. A definite win for the plants tonight!

  19. Lisa says

    I made this just now – that dressing is out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!! I used a mandolin and my zucchini is super thin, but I dont care..it is DELICIOUS. Adding in fresh sliced tomatoes and greens. Will eat this all week as there’s enough dressing to keep this going!!! Tomorrow I’ll slice the zucchini by hand I think.
    Super good – thank you!!

  20. Donna says

    This recipe is delicious. Made it last summer and looking forward to making this summer. Question: could I freeze the dressing/sauce if I wanted to prep that ahead of time?

  21. Lydia McKay says

    Made this for dinner the other night and it was DELICIOUS! The sun dried tomato dressing was just amazing. I will be making this many more times. Thankyou Dana for another great recipe. I am never disappointed ❤❤❤❤

  22. Karen says

    I love this recipe but my dressing did not come out red! It had a great flavor and everything about the meal was wonderful but am I the only one who got a dark greet pesto????

  23. Caroline S. says

    I generally like the recipes I’ve tried from this blog, but this salad just didn’t make it for me. The dressing seemed a bit “muddy” and was not a palatable mix of ingredients.

  24. Brittany says

    Made this as a side dish to some veggies burgers and it was AMAZING! I made it for my boyfriend and I, which meant we had lots of leftovers. It keeps in the fridge for a few days and actually tastes just as good (if not better) as a cold salad. Thank you!!

  25. Shannon says

    Made this for a party and now everyone is asking me for the recipe. It’s so perfect and wonderful… I’m going to be doing an experiment with thickening up the dressing and turning it into a sauce for a pizza base…

  26. Lisa says

    I see a wrap in my future and a good excuse (like I need one) to make flatbread. .. on the grill and why couldn’t I wrap those chickpeas in foil and roast those suckers on the grill ?

  27. Carenician says

    Thank you for sharing this one. I’m invariably searching for additional attention-grabbing ways that to cook squash since I tend to urge inundated with all promptly middle summer.

    • Colleen says

      This was so fresh and flavorful. Perfect for a summer dish! I used a grill pan rather than a grill, since I live in an apartment, but I think it worked just as well. I added some scallions to the dressing, and also sliced and grilled some scallions up for garnish. Perfect addition. I loved this and would definitely make it again.

  28. Carenician says

    Amazing! created this for dinner tonight and even my carnivore members of the family cherished it. I subbed honey for the syrup and value-added some sliced rainbow chard!

  29. Jordan says

    i want to make this for christmas but i’m feeding lots of people so i’d like to add more salad ingredients. I am thinking baby spinach and red capsicum but not sure what else, any suggestions?

  30. Stacey says

    I made this tonight as I had some left over corn and zucchini I wanted to use. It was amazingly delicious! The sun dried tomato dressing over the grilled veg was delightful. My kids devoured it too. Thank you for all your great dairy free recipes. I can’t wait to try more!

  31. Julia says

    WOW! This might be my favorite savory dish I’ve made on here…so so good! I dont have a grill so I boiled the corn and sautéed the zukes but it still tasted amazing. the dressing is so unreal! I roasted chickpeas too (duh) and added avocado. yum!! I used honey instead of maple syrup.

  32. vivian says

    I’m brand new to vegan eating ( one month in) and this recipe is absolutely, incredibly, fantastically delicious!!! I will be making this again and again while summer corn and zucchini are plentiful. Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Rohini says

    this was delicious!! I roasted the corn and chickpeas in the oven as I don’t have a grill, and sauteed zucchini, mushroom and peppers with onions, garlic, chillies and herbs and it turned out SO good! healthy, filling and the sun dried tomato dressing was insanely good. Will definitely be making this again, thanks Dana!

  34. Allison says

    Amazing! Made this for dinner tonight and even my carnivore family members loved it. I subbed honey for the maple syrup and added some chopped rainbow chard!

  35. Betsy says

    Just made this using an indoor grill pan. That dressing is delicious and the grilled veggies were perfect. I put everything over spinach and added some black beans – YUM!

  36. Kris says

    Thank you for the recipe. I couldn’t make it with the sauce, but I cut up the zucchini and took the corn off the cob and tossed it on my grill pan along with salmon as a nice side dish, with the chickpeas. I seasoned with an herb grilling marinade (powdered) and my favorite Italian seasoning.

  37. Christie says

    I made this last night and I was a 10!! So good! The garlic was a bit much, but my bf said I could Blanche the garlic before mixing it to take out some of the raw garlic bite. But once the dressing was on everything, you really couldn’t taste it as strong. I also made the chickpea/sweet potatoe/broccoli salad the other night and that one was also a ten!! These recipes are by far the easiest, and most flavorful dishes I’ve found!!!!

  38. Silvia says

    I don’t suppose this can be frozen (just the grilled corn and zucchini, since I kept the roasted chickpeas and dressing separate)..? Can corn and zucchini be frozen once cooked, chopped and combined?

  39. Katie says

    I made this last night (indoors on my two grill pans) and loved it! The dressing was fantastic! Mine came out a weird olive green color (tomato + basil + purple basil I guess?) but tasted amazing! A lot like the pesto in the pea/arugula/sun-dried tomato pasta, which is another one of my favorite recipes. I added the roasted chickpeas and some toast on the side, and it was a nice light, flavorful summer meal. Everything I’ve made from your site has been a hit so far, I can’t wait to get your book!

  40. Michele Darden says

    So yummy. I Just made it and everyone loved it, including my picky 11 year old. I would most definitely make it again!

  41. Rachel says

    My mom and I loved this salad and it was the perfect grilled meal for the Fourth of July! The dressing was our the favorite part- because the recipe serves 3-4 and makes extra we’ve been enjoying the dressing on anything/everything all week.
    A few little tweaks to the dressing we added just for some spontaneity: a splash of balsamic vinegar, and because we love spice, cayenne pepper to taste.
    Definitely a new staple dressing in our house!

  42. Tommy says

    This was delicious!!! Simple, quick but so flavorful. I didn’t add any maple or chickpeas. My son (a bit of a picky eater) liked the dressing on his tortellini. A great recipe that you could use on so many different things. Thank you for sharing, I’ve already planned to try another one of your recipes tonight.

  43. Andrea says

    I made this salad for a bunch of meat-eaters over 4th of July weekend. They went wild for it and many asked for the recipe. This one’s a winner :)

  44. Madeline says

    The dressing came out very garlicky (granted I did use some big cloves), but it was SO good with the sweetness of the corn! Great recipe Dana!

  45. Nicole says

    I made this over the weekend and it was SO GOOD! I used a mix of yellow and green zucchinis and it turned out really well. I also used the extra/leftover sauce and mixed it into chickpeas to eat for the week because I couldn’t let it go to waste!

  46. Angela says

    Great vinaigrette! I just made a similar one using cider vinegar and dried oregano instead of the lemon juice and fresh herbs (none in stock!) Using yours as inspiration. It was delicious. Thank you!

  47. Jen says

    Dana- your blog is my happy place! Thank you for all your delicious recipes and inspiration!
    I made this for a picnic and it was wonderful… I added a shallot and crushed red pepper flakes to the dressing. I skipped the chickpeas and added some toasted walnuts for crunch. Can’t wait for the leftovers!

  48. Danny says

    The sauce for this salad is out of this world! I don’t know how I have lived this long without it but it will now be a staple in my diet going forward, thank you! :D

  49. Sheila says

    I haven’t made the whole recipe but have made the dressing twice and can say in all honesty that it’s my new obsession! The first time I served it with grilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini, portabella mushrooms and red onion) with pan seared italian marinated tofu over brown rice. It was so perfect and healthy! I used the extra dressing to make a pasta salad that even my 6 year old loved. The second time I served the dressing over grilled veggies and quinoa patties. It’s so versatile and easy and stores well. Thank you for sharing your amazing cooking!

  50. Lauren says

    Just made this for dinner, loved it! Our dressing came out completely green though (I guess because of the basil?) Just a surprise as yours was totally red! Wondered whether you didn’t use the basil in the photos? Anyway, delicious dinner, will definitely make again, served ours alongside some baked sweet potato and chopped avocado!

  51. Betsy says

    This is a great cookout salad. I followed the recipe exactly and everything turned out great with the exception of the chickpeas — they were somehow simultaneously soft and burned. Maybe the oven temp was too hot? The dressing is very fresh. I used basil and it turned out like a sun-dried tomato pesto. Tons of dressing leftover too.

  52. Kya says

    Delicious! My husband and I made this but subbed canned corn for fresh and halloumi for the chickpeas – it’s the taste of summer!

  53. Kelsey says

    Yum! I made this last night using zucchini and herbs from our CSA and it was a huge hit! I used sun dried tomatoes from a jar and ended up using about 1/2 cup of water in the vinaigrette. It saved perfectly and the next day I tossed it with pasta for a quick and delicious lunch. Thanks for the recipe!

  54. Irene says

    This was really good! I tried it today. But made some changes because…I didn’t have an outdoor grill. I baked the corn, and fry / grill the zucchini using a cast iron grill pan. The dressing…well I didn’t find any sun dried tomatoes in the store and we didn’t have a blender either. So I subbed tomato paste instead and added gourmet pesto Vegenaise and the rest of the dressing ingredients and quick-whipped it by hand. I’m sure the original recipe tasted good, but this one tasted so good too!! I was surprised since I changed a lot of stuff.

    I also served it with a side of pan-fried crispy tofu and bagel burgers, using my leftover oatmeal burgers. My husband said it was worth the wait even though he was starving for 7 hours. :-(

    Thanks Dana for this great recipe!

  55. Emilie @ Emilie Eats says

    I could just reach through my screen and eat ALL those crispy chickpeas…seriously, it’s surprising when I don’t eat them all before putting them in the actual recipe!! Fresh farmer’s market corn and zucchini is SO fresh right now, so this is the perfect recipe.

  56. Susan McGee says

    I made this for dinner last night, along with some grilled chicken, and it was delicious! The flavors are so well balanced. It was fresh and ‘different’ from anything i’ve made before. This is going in my recipe binder for sure!

  57. Katie says

    Love sun-dried tomato dressing! I used to work at a mom and pop restaurant in Annapolis and they have a homemade SDT dressing. Loved it. I bet this dressing would make a great marinade for grilled or pan-seared tofu!

  58. Linda @ Over 50 Dating says

    Oh my, this looks completely delicious. I’ve been trying to tempt my boyfriend over to the veggie side. We’ll see how this sits with him!

  59. Scoopify says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks so delicious. I will definitely try to cook at home for my family.

  60. sherry says

    Hi Dana I was wondering if this dressing is good on leafy greens? And what is your thoughts on replacing lemon juice with red wine vinegar? Thank you.

  61. Sarah | Well and Full says

    That sun-dried tomato vinaigrette looks/sounds amazing!! I’m sending this recipe to my mom, she’s obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes ;)

  62. Trisha says

    Yum! Perfect for when I go to family BBQ and they are eating steak….this would pair nicely with my grilled portobello mushrooms!

  63. Georgie @ Healthy Pears says

    Oh man! This looks amazing!!! Love the salad bowl! Bring on the grilling season! Ps – loving your snaps, your new house looks beautiful!

  64. Janine says

    Never make corns in that way. My last experience with corn was to make a fresh Polenta. Have you ever tried that out? Such amazing. I love the idea to use sun dried tomatos in the Dressing. Salads are the best Option for the warm weather in Germany. xoxo Janine