Mexican Street Corn Salad

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

Friends, meet my new FFS… No, not FF Sake. Favorite Freakin’ Salad: Mexican Street Corn Salad. Mexican Street Corn Salad, meet your new friends. Colorful. Flavorful. Fresh. What else could you ask for in a salad?

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

You guys know we love a good side salad. Especially a corn salad. And the true testament to how good this salad is? M loved it so much she requested it for lunch and dinner for two days straight. Does it get any better than the seal of approval from a 3 year old?

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

What elevates this salad to the toddler lovin’ level? A little pan fried char on the corn.

Fresh or Frozen?

Speaking of corn, should you use fresh or frozen? There are benefits to each. You can get frozen any time of the year. Fresh is, well, fresh. Either will work for this dish. The most important piece is to be sure you add a little char to the corn from a nice pan fry. That’ll add the necessary flavor to mimic the classic Street Corn.

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

Next, a fresh, dressing of a lil’ homemade mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and a lot of flavor from the cumin, paprika, and chili powder.

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

Btw, have you made your own Mayonnaise From Scratch yet?

Other Great Ways use Mayo From Scratch

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

Another key to this salad? Cotija cheese. Like a Mexican love child of Parmesan and feta cheese, this hard, crumbly cheese is really what ties this salad all together.

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!

I recently made this on a girls trip to the beach for a taco bar night and it received rave reviews. Thumbs up from 15 diverse women AND a 3 year old? Yup; this one’s a keeper.

Enjoy, friends! Don’t forget if you make this salad or any other recipes from the site, please be sure to let me know on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. I love hearing from you!

Mexican Street Corn Salad

This Mexican Street Corn Salad turns the classic Mexican street food into a delicious and easy to make side dish!


5 from 7 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten free, mexican, salad, sides
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Author: Tracy

Ingredients

  • 4 cups corn approximately 24 oz frozen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro minced, a few leave for garnish.
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2/3 cup cotija cheese shredded/crumbled

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice approximately 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a saute pan on medium high and add corn. Cook until slightly charred, approximately 7-10 minutes. Add to large bowl and set aside.
  • Add pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, and onion to large bowl with corn and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and mix well until smooth.
  • Add dressing to large bowl with corn and mix well. Add 1/2 cotija cheese and mix well.
  • Add remaining cheese and some cilantro.
  • Serve or cover and store in fridge for up to 8 hrs before serving.

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  • 5 stars
    My mouth is watering just looking at this gorgeous salad. It would go great next to a piece of grilled chicken or steak, but honestly, I think I’d dive in with a handful of tortilla chips and snack to my hearts content. Seriously, this with a cold cerveza and a football game… That’s my kind of “salad”. I always have cotija on hand, because we love that salty, crumbly vibe — I’m making this one for the family this weekend.

  • 5 stars
    This is one of my favourite things to make especially during grilling season. Always a hit with the guests. Easy to make…and perfect for when corn is in season.

  • 5 stars
    This salad is a DREEEEAM. I’ve never gotten to try actual Mexican Street Corn, but we had some friends bring over a salad just like this to a potluck and it was unreal. Even better than the real thing maybe? No need to gnaw the goods from off a cobb—just shovel it into our mouths 🙂

    • I was going to say that eating it Elote off the cob is heaven but when can just shovel it in – well, there’s nothing better than that!!

  • 5 stars
    This salad is one of our FAVE things to make in the summer when corn is fresh in season. It’s just so sweet, salty, and amazing. Gotta be fresh corn IPO and definitely needs that char as you mention in this post. This has me dreaming of summer!

  • 5 stars
    I made this salad for my friends a few days ago and it was a big hit! Five people wanted the recipe! There were no leftovers! Thank you for sharing this with us!