Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad

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Posted by Abigail Branham

Mexican Street Corn salad_pinToday I am sharing another great recipe discovered by my mother-in-law, Judy Branham. For the girls first birthday we had a fiesta theme because Drew and I are big fans of Mexican food. Judy made this salad for the party and it was an enormous hit.  Now it’s one of our summer staples. I get compliments on it and requests for the recipe every time we make it for a BBQ with friends. This salad screams: “Long live summer!”

A big shout out to Six Sisters’ Stuff, who put together this highly recommended recipe. I have tried several of their recipes and they are always worth repeating.

I always at least double this recipe so that I have leftovers. It’s that good, and it’s amazing the different ways you can incorporate this salad into a meal. Stay tuned..more to come next week on one of my favorite ways to eat it. 😉

Ingredients

Serves: 6

1 – 16oz bag of frozen corn or 3-4 cups fresh
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3-4 oz Cotija cheese crumbled, shred to crumble (Feta will work if you can’t find Cotija)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
⅓ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

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Notes about ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s sells perfectly roasted frozen corn. This is a huge time saver. I try to make it with the fresh corn because it seems sacrilege to use frozen corn in the summer, but I’m all about saving some time.  It still tastes great with the Trader Joe’s frozen corn.
  • I add a tablespoon of mayonnaise at a time until I see the consistency that I want. The original recipe calls for 3 tablespoons, but I know I’ve never used that much. I’m also a huge fan of mayonnaise made with olive oil.
  • I normally use an entire jalapeño, and depending on the crowd, I’ll leave some seeds in or take them all out.
  • And finally, when I’m really pinched for time, and/or they didn’t have good looking cilantro at the store, I’ll use dried cilantro. If you use the dried cilantro remember to crush it in between your fingers as you add it to the salad, it brings out the flavor of the dried herb.

Let’s get cookin’

Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the frozen corn and let cook until it starts to char, stirring occasionally. The original recipe says it takes about 7-8 minutes to lightly char the corn. Again, I tend to use Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn so this step is to simply heat the frozen corn.

After the corn is charred and/or warmed through, add one tablespoon of mayonnaise at a time to the corn until you reach your desired consistency. Finally, gently fold the remaining ingredients together with the corn: cheese, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, garlic, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

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Enjoy! I hope you and yours love this recipe as much as we do.

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Mexican Street Corn Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

1 – 16oz bag of frozen corn or 3-4 cups fresh
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3-4 oz Cotija cheese crumbled, shred to crumble (Feta will work if you can’t find Cotija)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
⅓ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Get Cookin’!

Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the frozen corn and let cook until it starts to char, stirring occasionally. The original recipe says it takes about 7-8 minutes to lightly char the corn. I tend to use Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn so this step is to simply heat the frozen corn.

After the corn is charred and/or warmed through, add one tablespoon of mayonnaise at a time to the corn until you reach your desired consistency. Finally, gently fold the remaining ingredients together with the corn: cheese, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, garlic, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

 

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