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Shoe Peg Corn Salad

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Shoe Peg Corn Salad with mayonnaise, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions is a refreshing summer salad perfect for parties or a everyday side dish.

Corn salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and a mayo dressing.

Shoe Peg Corn Salad Recipe

Corn Salad is a summer staple in our house and we adore this refreshing, crisp-and-creamy-all-at-the-same-time salad! 

We always try to keep a big bowl of this corn salad in the fridge during hot weather so we can grab a bowl full when we need something cool, tasty, and quick.

It’s also perfect for summertime gatherings with friends and families and can be easily packed and shared.

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The secret to this salad is using shoe peg corn to make it extra crunchy, but really, it is delicious with any version of these ingredients!

Shoe peg corn salad with cucumber, tomatoes, and onions in a mayonnaise dressing.

Ingredients for Corn Salad

White Shoe Peg Corn: You can substitute regular corn or frozen corn.

Cucumber: I love to use English cucumbers because of their firm texture, but feel free to use traditional cucumbers.

Petite diced tomatoes:  Can substitute most any tomatoes or a can of petite diced tomatoes that are drained.

Pimentos or Roasted Red Peppers:  I try to keep a jar of roasted red peppers in the fridge to use as a substitute for pimentos in recipes.  I can’t really tell much difference in the flavors, can you? To each their own.

Scallions, or Green Onions: I use mainly the green parts of the scallion in this recipe, but feel free to use both the green and the white parts.

Mayonnaise: You can substitute Greek yogurt, but read below for other ingredient changes.

Red wine vinegar

Granulated sugar

Ingredients for corn salad with mayo that include shoe peg corn, tomatoes, pementos, red wine vinegar, scallions and cucumbers.

How to Make Corn Salad

Chop the cucumber.

I usually take my peeler to the cucumber and remove a few long strips of the peel, leaving some of the peelings intact. 

This creates a pretty contrast of color on your cucumber and also gives the cucumber pieces more crispiness.

Cut the scallions.

I love to use my kitchen shears to give these a quick chop. 

I always try to begin at the green ends and work towards the white end since the root of the scallion is there, holding everything in place. 

Then, add the shoe peg corn, petite diced tomatoes, and pimentos.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and granulated sugar.

Whisk to combine well. 

Toss to coat. 

Chill salad for 4-6 hours before serving. 

Fully mixed corn salad with mayo dressing.

What is Shoe Peg Corn?

Shoe peg corn is a sweeter variety of corn with slender kernels and a lighter color.

It is typically more crisp or crunchy than regular canned corn.

This can sometimes be hard to find, but it’s usually on the top shelf since it’s a little bit more expensive than you’re typical canned corn. 

The brand I purchase in my area is Green Giant.

Can I use another type of corn?

Yes, I do it all the time.

I always try to keep four cans of white shoepeg corn in my pantry since we adore this corn salad so much. 

If I run short on shoepeg corn, I usually add frozen sweet corn to make up the difference—it works fine.

Can I substitute plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise in the dressing recipe?

Yep, though you may want to decrease the amount of vinegar a bit since plain Greek yogurt has a tendency to be pretty tangy. 

Sometimes, I also use equal parts plain Greek yogurt and mayonnaise.

It depends on what’s in the fridge, right?

Can I freeze this salad?

No, sorry.  Any salad that has a mayonnaise-based dressing doesn’t freeze well. 

Freezing the vegetables would also affect their post-freezer quality and mouth-feel, too.

How long will this salad keep in the fridge? 

I’d say 3 days.  Good luck with that, though….I’m lucky if there’s any of this salad leftover the very same day I make it!!

Other Summer Salad Recipes to Enjoy

A cool and freshing summer corn salad in a bowl.

Shoe Peg Corn Salad

This Shoe Peg Corn Salad with mayonnaise, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions is a refreshing summer salad for parties or for an everyday side dish.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Chef Alli


  • 3 cans can white shoe peg corn, drained well
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 Tbs. pimentos or chopped roasted red peppers from a jar
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts both, chopped


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar


  • Chop the cucumber and scallions and place them in a serving large bowl.
  • Add the strained corn, a strained can of petite tomatoes, and pimentos.
  • Combine the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar and the granulated sugar.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Chill salad for 4-6 hours before serving. 


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!

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  1. 5 stars
    I can’t say enough good things about this recipe! Easy to make and tastes like summer all tied together with a creamy dressing!

    1. Hi Olivia –
      Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed this recipe! I hope you’ll make it again and again.
      Your fan,
      Chef Alli

  2. 5 stars
    Love this corn salad recipe. It is so easy to make and it doesn’t last long in our home. I often make it for friends and always get rave reviews and they always want the recipe!

    1. Hi Donna-
      I’m so glad you enjoy this corn salad. I’d love for you to keep sharing the recipe, too. Everybody needs a refreshing corn salad in the fridge, right??
      Thanks so much for your comment here – it means a lot!
      Chef Alli

    1. Hi Natalie –
      I soooo agree with you, especially when it’s hotter than £#{¥ and you need something cool and refreshing! I’ve been know to make an entire meal out of corn salad. 🙂
      Thanks for letting me know you like this recipe – it’s very appreciated!
      Chef Alli

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