Inspired by Mexican street corn (elotes), this Mexican Street Corn Salad contains all the ingredients you would use to make elotes in a spoonable, picnic friendly version!
Corn on the cob is one of my all time favorite sides. How can you make corn even better? Do what Mexico does, and slather it with mayo, cheese and spice, of course! I love me some Mexican street corn (AKA elotes)! Elotes are the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, tangy and salty, they’re totally mindblowingly delish. If you’ve haven’t had Mexican street corn, essentially it’s a roasted ear of corn, slathered in mayo, then rolled in crumbled cotija cheese, and sprinkled with chili-lime powder. They’re as ubiquitous as hot dogs are to NYC, you can literally find eloteros everywhere in Mexican, selling this mouth-watering treat on a stick!
I know what you may be thinking, because I thought the same thing….mayo on corn?!?! OH YEAAAA, you HAVE to try it. I promise you won’t regret it. I always order Mexican street corn whenever I go to a summer festival or fair. Then I proceed to cover my face with mayo and cheese. It’s a totally glam experience, trust me. For a crowd, my Mexican street corn salad is the perfect way to get all of the delicious flavor of an elote, in an easy to eat, picnic friendly form
To make this Mexican street corn salad, I take all the ingredients you would use to make a traditional elote, add a little onion and cilantro for even more zesty flair, and you get a show-stopping side that’s way more interesting than boring potato salad. This dish is perfect for a Cinco De Mayo fiesta. If you’re in a side dish rut, make this Mexican street corn salad, you will find yourself finding any excuse to make it, it’s that good!
Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Salad
A spoonable twist on a Mexican street fare classic.
- 3 cups corn kernels
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese you can substitute feta
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 tbsp chili lime powder recommended brand: Tajin
- 1 tbsp diced red onion optional
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.