Creamy Mexican Corn Salad - Perfect side dish for Summer BBQ!

How to Make Creamy Mexican Street Style Corn Salad

Hello Foodies,

         This utterly addicting creamy Mexican corn salad is one of my favorite salads ever! It's fresh, juicy, crunchy, light, sweet, and creamy all at the same time! It gives you the right balance to satiate your taste buds. Perfect and modest salad to beat the summer heat.

This salad will be a staple all season long. It's naturally gluten-free. This Mexican elote salad is a fast and easy side dish that works well with most Mexican recipes. It pairs well with grilled chicken, tacos, or burgers. It’s a dish that’s sure to please everyone at your next backyard barbecue, picnic, or potluck. I add either a generous dose of chili powder or Tajin. Smoked paprika is also great.

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What is mean by Elote?

          In Central America and Mexico, an ear of Corn, on or off the plant, is called “elote”. This term is also used in Mexican and Central American communities in the United States. In some regions of Mexico, elotes are sold in the street by “eloteros” (people who walk around cities or towns with a cart selling elotes).

What is Cotija Cheese?

         Cotija cheese is a dry, salty cow’s milk cheese made in Mexico. Cotija is an enhancer. Take your dishes to the next level by crumbling or grating over Corn, tacos, or soups where you’d like to add a bit of saltiness and tang in flavor. Cotija does not melt. To make Mexican Corn this Cotija cheese is perfect, but if you could not find you can use feta cheese, Parmesan, or Pecorino Romano, these work well. The secret of Mexican Corn is the cheese. It would be best if you found Cotija. It is the Mexican cheese, equivalent to grated parmesan, and you can find it in the refrigerated cheese section in some stores. 

What can I use instead of Cilantro/Coriander leaves?

          You can totally replace cilantro with basil, parsley, scallions, or chives would all be delicious instead.

Can I use frozen or canned corn instead of fresh?

Yes, You Can! We'd recommend frozen over canned, but either will do. Just make sure you rinse and drain properly if using canned!

What's a good substitute for mayo in this recipe?

Full-fat yogurt/Greek yogurt, or a combination of yogurt and sour cream would be delicious in this recipe.

What else I can use in the recipe:

          Yogurt, sour cream, or a combination of yogurt and sour cream would be delicious in this recipe. 

Here are some more ways to use summer corn:


To Steam Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot:

  • Corn on the cob 4 Ears
  • ½ Tsp Salt 
  • ¼ Tsp Turmeric 
  • Water 2 Cups

To Make Mexican Corn Salad:

  • 3 cups Corn Kernels (about 4 ears, cut from the cob)
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise(Use Veg. Mayo)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Sour cream (Optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cotija or queso fresco or feta, crumbled
  • ½ Tsp Red Chili Powder or Smoked paprika or Tajin seasoning 
  • 1 Handful Coriander/Cilantro leaves chopped (optional)
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and finely diced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado and Lime wedges for garnish


To Steam/Cook Corn on the cob in the Instant Pot:

  • Turn on the Instant Pot and add 2 cups of water.
  • Place the trivet and corn on the trivet.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot.
  • Using the Steam function, steam the corn for 3 minutes and QR.
  • Open the lid and take the corn out.
  • Let it cool completely before removing corn kernels(You can cool them by pouring the cold water).
  • Remove the corn kernels(Watch the video on how to remove corn kernels in a few minutes).

To Make Mexican Corn Salad:

  • In a bowl add corn kernels, red chili powder, salt and pepper to taste, mayonnaise, sour cream, cotija cheese, coriander leaves, and lime juice.
  • Mix everything well, taste and adjust seasonings and add more salt/pepper/lime juice if needed.
  • Garnish with avocado, sliced jalapeno, lime wedges and serve. Enjoy!!!

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 178 calories, 24.3 g carbohydrates, 8.6 g fats, and 5 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.
  • (Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used.)

Good Time To Eat:

           It is good to eat Mexican Corn Salad as an appetizer, starter, or snack.

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