Last updated on May 31st, 2018 at 09:01 am
This Mexican Street Corn Salad, also known as Esquites, is smoky, spicy, tangy and incredibly delicious. If you love the Mexican corn on the cob then you will love this version.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! I just love to celebrate this holiday because I think in another life I was born Mexican because I really really really love Mexican food! It’s my favorite, in fact. I would be happy cooking Mexican food every single day, not only cook it but eat it as well. For this Cinco de Mayo though, I have a wonderful Mexican street corn salad to share with you, which is known as Esquites or vasito de elotes which literally means little corn-cup.
Esquites is usually made with corn sautéed in butter with onions, chiles and salt, then served in a cup and topped with various combinations of lime juice, chile powder, hot sauce, salt, mayo, etc.
My version here is similar but a bit different. I like to add a few extra ingredients to my corn salad because I like to serve and eat this as a meal rather than a side, which it could totally be. The extra ingredients I added are some red bell pepper, some green onions, a little bit of avocado and lots of feta or cotija cheese. I usually end up adding feta cheese because I usually have a hard time finding cotija cheese, which is basically a Mexican version of feta, a bit less salty. I love both, so I don’t mind adding either cheese.
I did use fresh corn, although traditionally mature corn is used, which is first boiled in salted water, then sautéed in butter. If you don’t have fresh corn, you can go ahead and use either frozen or canned. Sautéing the corn first really brings out its sweetness. There are, of course, a couple ways you could do this. One way is to fire up your grill and grill your corn until it’s nice and charred on the outside. I love to just cut the corn of the cob and then sauté it with a bit of oil in a skillet over high heat until you get a nice char on the kernels. Either way works.
Hope you give it a try, it really is wonderful and like I said, I love having a big bowl of this salad as my lunch or dinner. It really is yummy!
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Mexican Street Corn Salad
- 4 cups corn (about 5 ears), cut from the cob
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 6 green onions chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 1/2 avocado chopped
- 4 tbsp lime juice (from about 2 limes)
- 1/2 tsp cumin ground
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper ground
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sour cream (or yogurt)
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled
- Cut the corn off the cob. I used 5 ears to get about 4 cups. You can also use canned corn or frozen corn. If using frozen, no need to thaw it out.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the corn and stir it around. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the corn starts to char, which is why we're using high heat. If using frozen corn, you will need a couple minutes extra to get the right charred bits.
- Transfer the corn to a large bowl and let it cool for a couple minutes.
- To the same bowl, add the remaining ingredients. Stir everything together until well combined. Adjust lime juice and salt and pepper as necessary.
- To serve garnish with additional cheese and cilantro, if preferred.