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Fun to eat, loved by all ages, and quick and easy to cook, corn is one of the most versatile veggies on the planet. Boil it, grill it, or use it in salads, tacos, burgers, soups, pizza, baking, and more. Savor the following scrumptious plant-based corn recipes to the last kernel.

For a complete run-down on all things corn, check out Handy Facts about Corn and How to Use it in Cooking.

Grilled Corn Succotash

Combining tender, slightly charred corn and bell pepper with crunchy edamame and the smoky-sweet notes of grilled leek, this mouthwatering vegan side salad is guaranteed to get rave reviews. Fresh basil rounds out the flavor, while a light lime wash on the veggies before grilling adds just the right amount of pep.

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Dilled Veggie Toasts

These hearty summer toast toppers feature the sweet-smoky flavor of pan-fried corn alongside tender zucchini and tangy tomato, with garlic deepening the flavors all round. For a satisfying anytime meal, just add a generous slather of oil-free hummus to whole grain bread then pile on the veggies.

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Tamales-Inspired Waffles with Black Bean Hash

Masa harina flour, corn meal, and almond flour give these scrumptious waffles a crispy light texture. Top with a corn and black bean hash, salsa, and guacamole for a nourishing meal that’ll keep everyone satisfied for hours. “These tamale waffles are my favorite FOK waffle,” notes a reviewer, “They are consistently crunchy, light and have a wonderful taste …. They freeze beautifully and toast perfectly.”

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Grilled Street Corn Pizza

Chipotle- and lime-infused grilled corn sits atop this delectable woodfired-style pizza, with bell pepper, red onion, and jalapeño chile pepper lending sweet flavor with a dash of heat.

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Corn Tortillas

Savor the melt-in-your-mouth yumminess of homemade corn tortillas. Just rehydrate masa harina flour then roll it into balls and squish flat using a rolling pin or tortilla press. Naturally gluten-free, these delectable homemade vegan corn tortillas are perfect for tacos, quesadilla, and corn chips. Pro tip: If your tortillas feel over-cooked, soften them up by sprinkling some water on the towel that they’re wrapped in, and add a touch more water to the dough for the next batch.

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20-Minute Black Bean Tacos

Looking for a quick meal to wow hungry mouths? How about a comforting hotel-friendly meal you can make in the microwave? These 20-minute vegan tacos are your new best friend. Heat up a can of black beans and corn, throw in taco seasoning, and serve in warmed corn tortillas with lettuce, salsa (or pico de gallo), and avocado. Voilà!

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Veggie Fajita Kabobs

For a fun way to eat corn cobs this summer, skewer two-inch pieces of fresh corn with other veggies and throw them onto the grill. A tangy lime marinade perfectly complements the tender, smoky flavor of the veggies, while a drizzle of vegan queso adds just the right amount of creaminess to round out the meal perfectly. Serve with rice and beans.

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Chickpea and Corn Fritters with Tomato-Corn Chutney

Moist and tender, these corn and chickpea fritters come together quickly and make a wonderful brunch, lunch, or easy evening meal. No need to spend time batch-cooking them on the stovetop; just throw them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. While they’re cooking, you can whip up the sweet and fruity apple, corn, and tomato chutney to serve on top.

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Herbed Breakfast Hash

Bursting with the scent of summer, this colorful veggie hash features corn, zucchini, potato, and red bell pepper. Seasoned with chile powder and plenty of fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, thyme, or dill, this hearty hash is a great way to start the day. Shares a fan, “I really enjoyed this and it made a lot of food…. I will be making this again and will add different vegetables to experiment.”

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Polenta Cake with Apples and Cherry Compote

Moist and magnificent, this perfectly sweet polenta-apple cake is a real crowd-pleaser. Dried polenta is the star ingredient, adding an earthy tender quality to the cake that perfectly pairs with the sweet flavor of sliced apple. Note: To make this gluten-free be sure to use certified gluten-free oats. One fan raves: “I love this polenta cake and make it all the time.” For more delicious polenta recipes, check out our Polenta 101 Guide.

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Confetti Corn and Pasta Bowl

Fresh corn does double duty in this festive pasta salad: first as the base of a delicious, subtly sweet dressing; and second, in the salad itself, nestled among vibrant vegetables such as bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and zucchini spirals.

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Summer Harvest Soup

Replenish yourself with a hydrating bowl of summer soup packed with corn, zucchini, and other fresh produce in a tasty veggie broth. Note: Frozen corn also works, if you don’t have fresh corn.

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Summer Corn and Wheat Berry Slaw

Serve this hearty slaw as a side or main; either way, the combination of chewy wheat berries, earthy kale, fresh corn, and juicy oranges with a thyme-infused orange balsamic dressing make it the kind of salad you don’t forget in a hurry.

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Mexican 10-Layer Dip

This stand out vegan 10-layer dip is worthy of any game-day feast or festive occasion. A tasty base of seasoned refried beans is topped with corn, lettuce, salsa, vegan sour cream, jalapeño (optional), and avocado, with a sprinkle of chopped olives and cilantro for extra flavor. Baked corn chips make the perfect dippers.

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Chayote Soup with Roasted Hominy

Chayote squash offers a light and creamy base to this delectable soup, while the spicy warmth and chewy texture of roasted hominy adds a pleasing pop of flavor to every mouthful. Hominy consists of dried maize kernels soaked in alkali and is a common ingredient in Mexican dishes such as pozole, a traditional Mexican stew.

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Zesty White Bean Chili

Corn, carrot, and red bell pepper add sweetness and contrasting texture to this spicy, packed-with-beans chili. Ready in under an hour and featuring pantry staples, this is a useful recipe to keep around. Shares a reviewer: “Very good! Highly recommend this recipe.” Another easy vegan chili recipe that works well with corn is Vegan Tempeh Chili.

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Zucchini, Corn, and Black Bean Soup

For a summer take on the classic leek and potato soup this Zucchini, Corn, and Black Bean Soup is a hit. The luscious almond milk-based broth is the perfect backdrop for potatoes, zucchini, and black beans, and fresh thyme gives an extra subtle lift.

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Street Corn Tostadas

These crispy baked tortillas topped with a tangy, lightly spiced mix of oven-roasted corn and chickpeas perfectly showcase the natural deliciousness of corn. Serve them up and watch them go!

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle-Lime Rub

You won’t miss butter in these grilled corn cobs—the simple rub, made from lime juice, chipotle chile pepper, and garlic powder, is just too darn tasty!

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Whole Grain Corn Muffins

The natural sweetness of corn makes it an ideal ingredient for baking. Here, corn kernels and cornmeal are combined with oat flour, flaxseeds, maple syrup, and applesauce to create these golden drops of goodness. Enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or lunch or as a snack any time of day.

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Corn and Mushroom Empanadas

These plant-based empanadas are great pass-around food. The casing is made from wheat flour, potato flour, and cashews and the filling is a mix of corn, mushroom, and spinach. Serve with Chimichurri, a parsley- and cilantro-based sauce.

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Black Bean, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Lettuce Cups

Use fresh corn instead of frozen in these handsome lettuce cups for a fun-filled, no-fuss meal. The filling, which also features mango, black beans, tomato, roasted bell peppers, lime juice, and avocado, is tangy and just the right amount of spicy.

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Chock-Full-of Veggies Pizza with Chickpea Crust

Let corn do the heavy lifting when it comes to adding a punch of sweetness and color to your favorite pizza. This gluten free, chickpea pizza is topped with corn, kale, zucchini, and marinara sauce for a meal that’s built to satisfy. (Tex-Mex Pita Pizzas are also great for showcasing summer-fresh corn).

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Classic Vegan Cornbread

Made with cornmeal and frozen corn, this light and moist vegan cornbread gets extra sweetness and color from a little chopped red bell pepper. Kid-friendly and quick to make, cornbread is a great way to bulk up a meal. Serve as a snack or alongside a stew or chili.

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Quinoa Corn and Avocado Salad

If you’ve got cooked quinoa on hand, this simple salad comes together quickly. Serve as a main, a side, or take to your next potluck. It’s surprisingly delicious given how easy it is to make!

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Mexican-Spiced Roasted Red Pepper and Corn Soup

The sweet, smoky flavors of roasted red pepper really make this soup. The corn gives it extra body and sweetness, and as a garnish, a pop of color.

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Creamy Corn Butter

Finally, a vegan butter alternative that isn’t high in fat or overly processed. You’ll find plenty of uses for this easy-to-make luscious spread.

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Creamy Corn Dressing with Dill and Chives

Blended corn makes for a buttery, creamy dressing that is equal parts healthful and delicious.

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Peach-Corn Salsa with Chili-Lime Chips

This fruity “caviar” features grilled peaches, corn, and onion along with zesty seasonings. Every bite offers a burst of fresh flavor.

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Berry-Swirled Corn Ice Pops

These easy ice pops take inspiration from Mexican sweet corn ice cream and are a treat for the eyes and the taste buds.

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This article was originally published on August 9, 2019 and has been updated.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.

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