Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

corn salad in a glass bowl on a wooden table

I have to give credit to my daughter, Zoe for introducing me to Mexican Street Corn.  When it’s served on the cob, it’s called Elotes.  Think a piping hot ear of summer sweet corn slathered with the most delicious tangy and citrusy sauce with a sprinkling of Cotija cheese.  I mean – come on!  There is nothing wrong with that.  Well, except it’s kinda hard to eat – and there is no doubt you’ll have corn stuck in your teeth…and since it’s classic Mexican Street food, you may be at a loss for floss.  This is a diner friendly version – off the cob and in a bowl, but nonetheless delicioso!  As always, the recipe is bendy – meaning you can swap out any hard-to-find ingredients.


Serves:  Four
Time:  20-minute prep; 30-minute chill time

6 ears of ripe summer sweet corn OR three cans of whole kernel corn (not creamed!)
2 tbs vegetable oil
½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
½ cup low or non-fat Greek plain yogurt
1 tbs Tajin
2 tbs crushed garlic (or about 2 cloves)
Juice and zest of two limes (or one large super juicy one)
1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup crumbled feta, queso blanco or cotija cheese
Salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste


If using corn on the cob, carefully remove kernels with a sharp kitchen knife and gather into a bowl.  If using canned corn, drain and rinse corn.

Heat a large skillet and add vegetable oil until shimmering.  Add corn.  Cook for about 12-15 minutes over medium high heat until kernels start to char a bit.  Set aside.

Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, garlic, spices, lime zest and juice and cilantro in a medium-sized bowl.  Taste for seasoning.  Add crumbled cheese.  Toss with cooked corn.  Chill for 30 minutes.

Just before serving, toss corn again to mix and garnish with a bit more chopped cilantro.

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