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It’s CORN! Summer bbq season is upon us, and we need a side dish for our watermelon margaritas, mediterranean grilled chicken salad, and healthy summer fruit crisp. Add this simple and delicious Mexican street corn salad to that lineup and you’ve got yourself a killer summer meal!

This recipe’s specifically for those people who enjoy their corn off the cob. It’s all the incredible flavors of Mexican street corn added to one big bowl, perfect for sharing and much easier to eat! Fresh (or frozen) corn, cilantro, paprika, and cotija cheese come together to make this super flavorful and surprisingly healthy salad.

Ingredients laid out for Mexican street corn salad recipe.

What You’ll Need to Make Mexican Street Corn Salad

Corn: Fresh corn is recommended, but if it’s not in season you can use frozen corn instead! And if you opt for fresh corn, follow the instructions below on how to cut the corn off the cob before using it in this recipe.

Fresh Cilantro: Finely chopped cilantro adds a refreshing burst of herbaceous flavor to the salad, complementing the other ingredients beautifully.

Cotija or Feta Cheese: Crumbled cotija cheese lends a salty, tangy flavor to the salad, while feta cheese can be used as a delicious alternative.

Jalapeño: For a spicy kick, add finely chopped jalapeño to the salad. Omit or adjust the amount according to your heat preference.

Mayonnaise: Creamy mayonnaise binds the ingredients together and adds richness to the salad, while also balancing the flavors.

close up image of Mexican street corn salad in a bowl.

How to Cut Corn Off The Cob

  1. Shuck the corn by peeling off the outer leaves and removing as much of the tassel (the stringy stuff) from the corn as possible.
  2. Stand the corn upright on a cutting board, then carefully slide a knife down one side of the cob, slicing off the corn kernels as the knife moves down the cob. Continue this process all around the cob until all corn kernels have been removed.
  3. Place the corn kernels in a large bowl, then repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining ears of corn until all corn kernels have been removed. Discard the corn cobs and use just the kernels in this recipe.

Tips and Tricks

Char the Corn: Achieve the perfect smoky flavor by char-grilling the corn kernels in a hot skillet. Stir occasionally to ensure even charring and caramelization. Or, if you can grill whole corn, then remove the charred corn kernels from the cob and use it in this salad.

Customize the Spice Level: Adjust the amount of jalapeño according to your preference for heat. For milder palates, use just half a jalapeño, or no jalapeño at all!

Make-Ahead Option: Prepare the salad ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to serve. The longer this salad sits, the more flavorful it will get!

Mexican street corn salad in a bowl with fresh limes.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Dairy-Free: To make this salad dairy-free, use your favorite non-dairy feta instead of cotija cheese. I’ve used and love this Violife dairy-free feta.

Make it Vegan: For a vegan Mexican street corn salad, take the dairy-free option above and use vegan mayo in place of the regular mayo.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

This Mexican street corn salad is the perfect addition to any summer meal! It’s fresh, delicious, packed with flavor, and surprisingly easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn, shucked and kernels removed (or 2 10-ounce bags frozen corn)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup scallions (green onion), sliced

  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese or feta cheese

  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or chipotle chili powder

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add corn kernels to the skillet (fresh or frozen) and a pinch of salt. Cook corn for about 10 minutes, stirring about every 2 minutes, until it’s nicely charred.
  • Remove corn from the heat and add to a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl with the corn. Toss to combine, then give it a taste and adjust any seasoning as desired.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Either serve this Mexican street corn salad immediately, or cover the bowl and store it in the fridge for up to 8 hours before serving!

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Start your day off right with this fully loaded breakfast bowl! Crispy potatoes, homemade bourbon bacon ham, smoky chipotle aioli, and fresh avocado, all complete with a fried egg. This well-rounded meal is extra healthy, loaded with all the right nutrients to keep you feeling your BEST all morning long.

breakfast bowl on a table with coffee and avocado on the side

I stopped by the Maman in SoHo recently for breakfast with a friend. It was my first time eating an actual meal there (usually just stop by for coffee), and it took me exactly .02 seconds to decide what I wanted to order. The Papa’s Breakfast Bowl had my name written allllll over it. “roasted potatoes, bourbon bacon jam, a sunny egg & sliced avocado served with chipotle aioli,” sign me UP.

fork cutting through egg yolk on a breakfast bowl

What You’ll Need To Make The Ultimate Breakfast Bowl

Potatoes – Either yellow potatoes or baby potatoes will work here! I love yellow potatoes for how beautifully they roast up. Perfectly crispy on the outside, while soft and creamy on the inside. I keep the roasted potatoes in this recipe as simple as possible, since we’ve got a few other things going on! Start by tossing them in salt and oil, then roast for 20 minutes. While the potatoes roast, you’ll have just enough time to make your bourbon bacon jam.

Bacon – Any kind of bacon gets the job done. I used a standard no sugar-added bacon, since we’ll add some maple syrup to the jam later on. Though thick-cut or thin-cut makes no difference in this recipe.

Bourbon – Don’t worry, the bourbon in this recipe is totally safe for people of all ages to consume! Once added to the caramelized onions, the alcohol is completely cooked off, leaving behind only the smoky, slightly sweet taste of bourbon. I personally love the little bit of oomph a touch of bourbon gives our savory jam, but if you’d like, you can definitely make this recipe without it.

Mayonnaise – A few tablespoons of good quality mayo is the base to our chipotle aioli. When making aiolis, I always emphasize the importance of starting with a good quality, mild tasting mayo. I used Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo, which not only tastes delicious, but is much healthier than most other mayos on the market.

Eggs – Maman’s version of this breakfast bowl comes with just one fried egg on top. However, you can certainly add as many eggs as you’d like! You even have the freedom to cook your eggs however you prefer them. Over easy, over hard, scrambled, poached, or boiled, your breakfast bowl will taste delicious no matter what!

Microgreens – While cute and tasty, you don’t have to use microgreens in this recipe. You can certainly use any kind of green you’d like. Or, feel free to leave the greens out altogether.

close-up image of a runny egg yolk on a breakfast bowl

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegetarian: The only meat in these breakfast bowls is the bacon. So, simply remove the bacon from the jam, and cook the onions in one tablespoon of avocado oil instead.

Make it Paleo: Swap the yellow potatoes for white sweet potatoes for a paleo breakfast bowl! You’ll also want to omit the bourbon from the jam, and use a paleo-compliant mayonnaise in the chipotle aioli.

Ultimate Breakfast Bowl (a Maman Copycat!)

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: BreakfastDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Start your day off right with this fully loaded breakfast bowl! Crispy potatoes, homemade bourbon bacon ham, smoky chipotle aioli, and fresh avocado, all complete with a fried egg. This well-rounded meal is extra healthy, loaded with all the right nutrients to keep you feeling your BEST all morning long.

Ingredients

  • For the potatoes:
  • 3-4 yellow potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • salt, to taste

  • For the bourbon bacon jam:
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced

  • 1/4 cup bourbon

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • small pinch cayenne pepper, optional

  • For the chipotle aioli:
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder or 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • For the bowl:
  • 2 eggs, fried to your liking

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

  • small handful microgreens, optional

Directions

  • For the potatoes:
  • Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit and place all potato ingredients on a sheet pan, then toss potatoes to coat in oil and salt.
  • Roast potatoes for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  • For the bourbon bacon jam:
  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until crispy. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, then remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from skillet.
  • Add sliced onion to skillet and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until dark and beginning to caramelize.
  • Pour in bourbon and scrape up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then add in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Cook 3-5 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
  • Add cooked bacon back into skillet along with pinch of cayenne pepper, cook for an additional 5 minutes then let cool slightly.
  • For the chipotle aioli:
  • Add all chipotle aioli ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • For the bowls:
  • Arrange bowls diving roasted potatoes between two bowls. Top each bowl with a fried egg, bourbon bacon jam, sliced avocado, small handful of microgreens, and a drizzle of chipotle aioli.

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These burrito bowls are absolutely loaded with flavor! Homemade pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, and a smoky chipotle cashew cream make this recipe better than any burrito bowl you’ve ever had (Chipotle, I’m looking at you!). Super easy to throw together, prep this recipe early in the week and enjoy it all week long as a quick grab-and-go lunch or dinner option.

Loaded burrito bowls with a side of pico de gallo, fresh limes, and beer.

I, like you, love a good takeout burrito bowl. But you know who doesn’t love it?? My stomach. Oh, and my bank account. It took me a few years of pain and suffering to realize that I could EASILY make those bowls myself. Similar to how I’d order my burrito bowls, I went down the line of all the best toppings and developed a recipe for each one. Though I went a little rogue with the chipotle cashew cream in this recipe. When I stopped eating dairy, I deeply missed the cheese in my burrito bowls. Chipotle cashew cream quickly became the solution to my problem. It’s deliciously smoky, slightly spicy, and offers that cheesy flavor I longed for. And honestly, I feel like I can now confidently say that these burrito bowls are BETTER than anything you’d order at a restaurant.

What You Need To Make Burrito Bowls

Ground Beef Goodbye mystery meat, hello perfectly seasoned homemade ground beef with just a few simple ingredients. I keep things simple by using a packet of taco seasoning for the beef in this recipe. If ground beef isn’t your thing, feel free to use ground turkey instead. Pulled chicken would also taste delicious, get creative with the protein – make this recipe your own.

Grape Tomatoes – This comes down to personal preference. I love the sweet taste of grape tomatoes, and that’s why I use them in this recipe. Though you can definitely use whatever kind of tomatoes you’d like.

Cilantro – OK, I know cilantro can be pretty controversial. I personally find cilantro delicious and that’s why I use a ton of it in this recipe. Though if you have that gene mutation that makes cilantro taste all funky to you, feel free to leave it out!

Lime Juice – I suggest stocking up on limes for this recipe. Fresh-squeezed lime juice is always best and definitely goes a long way in these burrito bowls. And if you have any leftover limes, slice them into wedges and squeeze them over your completed bowl – YUM!

Chipotle in Adobo – Start conservatively with just one chipotle in your chipotle cashew cream. Give things a taste once you blend it and then add more as you’d like! One chipotle is enough to give the cream that delicious smoky flavor, while contributing little to no spice. Though if you’re a spice-lover like me, you’ll probably end up using two or three chipotles in the cashew cream.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

  • Make it Vegan/Vegetarian: Use either tofu or your favorite ground meat substitute in place of the ground beef in this recipe.
  • Make it Paleo: Use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice, and swap out the black beans for additional meat or roasted sweet potatoes.
  • Add Dairy: Top your burrito bowls off with some shredded Mexican cheese! You can also use 1 cup of sour cream in place of the cashews, water, and olive oil in the chipotle cashew cream recipe.

Burrito Bowls (GF/DF)

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

These burrito bowls are absolutely loaded with flavor! Homemade pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, and a smoky chipotle cashew cream make this recipe better than any burrito bowl you’ve ever had (Chipotle, I’m looking at you!). Super easy to throw together, prep this recipe early in the week and enjoy it all week long as a quick grab-and-go lunch or dinner option.

Ingredients

  • For the bowls:
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Rice, see Notes

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef, see Notes

  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning

  • 1 (15-Ounce) Can Black Beans

  • 3 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce, see Notes

  • For the pico de gallo:
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, sliced

  • 1/2 White Onion, finely chopped

  • 1 Small Jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped

  • For the guacamole:
  • 2 Ripe Avocados

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced

  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice

  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped

  • 1/4 Cup Tomatoes, sliced

  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

  • For the chipotle cashew cream:
  • 1 Cup Cashews, raw and unsalted

  • 1/2 Cup Water

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 Chipotle In Adobo

  • 1 Garlic Clove

  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Directions

  • Cook your rice according to the package instructions.Burrito Bowls Process Photo 1
  • Cook your ground beef according to the taco seasoning packet instructions.Burrito Bowls Process Photo 2
  • Add all pico de gallo ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.Burrito Bowls Process Photo 3
  • Add all guacamole ingredients to a bowl and mash avocado until smooth.Burrito Bowls Process Photo 4
  • Add all chipotle cashew cream ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.Burrito Bowls Process Photo 5
  • Divide the rice, ground beef, lettuce, and black beans between four bowls. Top with pico de gallo, guacamole, and chipotle cashew cream.

Notes

  • Rice: Use whatever rice you’d like, I used white because it’s my favorite, though any rice will work!
  • Ground Beef: You can sub ground turkey, chicken or whatever protein you’d like for the ground beef.
  • Romaine Lettuce: Iceberg lettuce will also work in this recipe.

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