Raw Corn Salad With Shiso and Basil Recipe

Shiso is an herb that adds a great, unexpected flavor to salads. Vicky Wasik

Like mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary, the herb shiso is a member of the mint family. Its flavor is grassy, peppery, and fresh with faintly bitter character that makes it a great counterpart to sweeter food and drink. Here, it's combined with crunchy-sweet raw corn, spicy radishes, tangy feta cheese, juicy tomatoes, and crisp sliced cucumber, with some sliced shallots for a little extra bite. Feel free to change up the proportions or ingredients: it's the shiso that makes this salad special.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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For the Salad:

  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 3 to 4 cobs

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

  • 6 to 8 medium red radishes, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced

  • 1 medium shallot, finely sliced

  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed shiso leaves finely chopped, plus leaves for garnish

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, finely chopped, plus leaves for garnish

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the Salad: Combine corn, tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, shallot, feta cheese, and herbs in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

  2. For the Dressing: Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl or sealable container. Whisk well or seal the container and shake vigorously until dressing is smooth and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, blend again, and pour over salad. Toss until ingredients are evenly coated, then serve right away, garnishing with shiso and basil leaves.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
7g Fat
23g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 418mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)