Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad. Just like normal Mexican Street Corn but without the cob or the mess of assembling the cob.

Don’t get me wrong. I love eating corn on the cob and I fell in love with Mexican Street Corn right away. But having to lather every cob with the sauce and then crumbling the Cotjia cheese in a large enough tray or pan to roll the cobs in was too time consuming and messy for me (especially all the dirty dishes afterwards).

So I made it into a salad. It’s easier and I can make more of it in less time. It’s great for parties and BBQ’s or even just a dinner for two (though you might want to half the recipe if you don’t want leftovers).

Mexican Street Corn Salad

You can use corn fresh from the cob, frozen corn or even canned corn. I tend to use frozen or fresh but I have used canned in a pinch. You just need to make sure to dry the canned corn as much as your can before cooking it.

To get that wonderful caramelized flavor from the corn you’ll want to pan fry it in a single layer. I find my cast iron pan creates a better flavor but I can still achieve some nice color and flavor from my normal or non-stick pans. Once the corn is all cooked place it on a baking tray or in a bowl. The baking tray is ideal because you can lay the corn out in a single layer for faster cooling.

While the corn is cooling mix up the sauce and crumble the cheese into it. When the corn is cool mix it all together.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Now, you can mix it all together while the corn is still hot but it will change the color and texture of the sauce (transparent and almost greasy in nature). Which is why I let it cool a bit. Sometimes I’ll even let it cool to room temp and after mixing everything together I’ll chill it before serving. It’s good warm or cold.

You may have noticed one classic ingredient missing in the photos. I cannot eat cilantro and omit it in recipes or pick it out of my food if it comes with it at a restaurant. Sometimes I’ll chop up some Italian parsley and add it to recipes so it looks like there is cilantro but I didn’t have any when I made this recipe post.

Plus, I’ve heard if you love cilantro it’s kind of like garlic. You measure it with your heart and not by what the recipe calls for. So if cilantro is your thing go as crazy as you want with this Mexican Street Corn Salad.


Mexican Street Corn Salad

Taking the popular Mexican street corn off the cob and into the convenience of a salad. Creamy texture with a great pop of flavor.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican


Units Scale
  • 2 TBSP Avocado oil
  • 2 cups Corn Kernels (Can be Frozen, canned, or fresh from the cob)
  • 1 TBSP Mayo
  • 1 TBSP Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 1/3 cup Cotija Cheese (Crumbled)
  • Garnish of Minced Cilantro if desired


  1. Place half the oil in a large sauté pan and heat over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot place a single layer of corn kernels in the pan. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and cook until kernels begin to brown. Transfer to a baking sheet or bowl to cool. Repeat as needed until all the corn is cooked.
  2. While the corn is cooling combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Once the corn is cool (about 10 minutes if left on a baking tray) combine with the premixed dressing. Top with optional cilantro and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Keywords: Corn, Corn Salad, Gluten free, Mexican Street Corn, Potluck, Salad, Sidedish

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Alycia Louise
Alycia has worked in the food industry for over 10 years. She lives in the PNW with her husband and three dogs. Her likes include coffee, rainy days and horror movies.
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