Reunion Food: Southern Shoe Peg Corn Salad

We have a "Christmas in June" family reunion this weekend.   That's right! I said, "Christmas!"  Each year, we gather with my husband's extended family, who we do not see during the normal holiday. We play outdoors, eat a fabulous, casual Southern meal, and give the kids Christmas gifts.

My kids love it.  Both of my children have birthdays close to Christmas, so by June rolls around, they really look forward to getting new things.  Honestly, it's just a fun time to get together.

We've been doing this little celebration for about 9 years now.  I typically take a new dish for the event, but this year, I'm going with an old favorite at my mother-in-law's request.  She likes my Shoe Peg Corn Salad.

It really is good.  But, I'll go ahead and tell you right now that it has half of a cup of sugar in it. So, how could it not be good?

It's best to make a day ahead. Try it. You may be taking it to your next family reunion.

easy, shoepeg corn salad
This delicious corn recipe also doubles well for a crowd. 

Southern Shoe Peg Corn Salad

2 (16-ounce) cans shoepeg corn, drained (I've also used sweet yellow corn as the picture depicts)
1 (2-ounce) jar chopped pimientos, drained 
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix together corn, pimientos, green pepper, onion, and celery.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, and pour over vegetables. Cover and chill overnight. Drain vegetables well before serving. 


  1. I realize that is is an old post but in searching for a white shoe peg corn salad recipe, I came across yours. This is very similar to one I made waaaay back in the 1970's and for some reason had lost it.

    1. So glad you found it, Donna. This recipe is a KEEPER.


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