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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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This vegan elote is fresh, tangy, and delicious! Make this recipe for your next summertime party or barbecue – it’s crazy easy and even non-vegans love it!

vegan elote on a baking sheet with fresh lime wedges

This vegan elote is literally my summer dream come true. Elote, also known as Mexican street corn, is one of those things where if it’s on a menu, there’s a 1,000% chance I’m ordering eat. As soon as the weather warmed up, the corn cravings hit HARD. And I couldn’t wait to make it to a local Mexican restaurant to enjoy some elote. So I made it myself! I was also set on developing a recipe that both I (the dairy-free one) and my sister (the vegan one) could enjoy.

With literally just a few simple swaps, I took this classic summertime favorite and turned it into a classic vegan summertime favorite. And trust me, I’ve fed this vegan elote recipe to plentyyyyy of non-vegans and none of them (not a single one!!!) could tell the difference. Practically bursting with flavor, be sure to add this easy recipe to your 4th of July lineup. You won’t be disappointed.

What You Need To Make Vegan Elote

Corn – Ahh corn season, let us rejoice! Sweet corn peaks between July and September, making right now the best time to buy it and eat it. While we’ve literally just kicked off corn season, I’m already sad about it soon being over. Though short, corn season is oh-so sweet (see what I did there hehe). Anyway, back to the recipe – pick up four sweet corns on the cob with preferably the husk on. The husk on will make for a more fresh and flavor-packed vegan elote, though husk off will make for less cleanup. If the husk is on, easily remove it by peeling away at the green leaves (aka the husk) and be sure to remove as much of those stringy fibers as possible. Once clean, snap off the end where the husk attaches to the corn and start on this recipe.

Vegan Mayonnaise – Feel free to use whatever brand of vegan mayonnaise you’d like in this vegan elote recipe! I used the Follow Your Heart Vegenaise and had great results. Vegan mayo is quite a bit thinner than regular mayo, which is why I keep the lime juice to a minimum in this recipe. Though don’t worry, that lime flavor still manages to shine through! If you’re not vegan, you can use an equal amount of regular mayonnaise in its place.

Adjust This Recipe To Fit Your Diet

  • Add Cheese: If not vegan or dairy-free, sprinkle your finished elote with a little bit of queso fresco!
  • Make it Less Spicy: While I definitely wouldn’t classify this recipe as spicy, the chili powder add just the tiniest bit of heat. If you’re concerned about this, feel free to use just 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder instead. Or you can replace the chili powder with smoked paprika if you’d like.
  • Use Regular Mayonnaise: Regular mayo can be used as a 1:1 swap for the vegan mayo in this recipe!

Vegan Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

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

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

This vegan elote is fresh, tangy, and delicious! Make this recipe for your next summertime party or barbecue – it’s crazy easy and even non-vegans love it!

Ingredients

  • 4 corn on the cob

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Wrap each corn on the cob in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Mix together the vegan mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Once corn is done cooking, brush with mayo and top with cilantro.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Elote OFF the Cob: Feel free to remove the corn from the cob after cooking and then mixing the kernels in with the sauce for an easier to eat vegan elote off the cob!

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