To make this delicious Mexican Street Corn Salad, you'll need to char the corn to get that smoky flavor, then mix it together with the rest of the ingredients. The combination of flavors and textures in this salad, from the crunchy corn to the creamy avocado and tangy cotija cheese, makes it a summer favorite that's perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time10 minutesmins
Total Time20 minutesmins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Keyword: corn salad, mexican recipes, mexican street corn salad
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.
Get a good char on the corn. To get that delicious smoky flavor in the salad, it’s important to char the corn really well. Use high heat and stir the corn frequently to make sure it gets evenly charred.
Use fresh and ripe ingredients. This salad relies on the freshness and flavor of the ingredients, so make sure to use fresh and ripe produce. If you can, shop at your local farmers’ market to get the best quality ingredients.
Customize to your taste. This salad is very versatile, so feel free to customize it to your taste preferences. Add more jalapeno pepper for extra heat, or use queso fresco instead of cotija cheese. Play around with the flavors until you find your perfect balance.
Let the salad sit for a bit. After you mix everything together, let the salad sit for a bit to allow the flavors to meld together. This will make the salad even more delicious and flavorful!
This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container.