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Bowl of mexican street corn salad.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Mexican Street Corn Salad – an amazing side dish that everyone is going to love!! So much flavor and those pops of sweetness from the corn is amazing!


  • 6 ears of grilled sweet corn (or appprox. 4 cups of corn)*
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (dairy-free works just as well!)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • (optional) grated cotija cheese for topping


Grilled Sweet Corn (see Notes for alternative methods):

  1. Heat grill to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place clean, shucked ears of sweet corn on plate or baking sheet.
  3. Very lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Use your hands to massage oil into each ear of corn.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  6. Grill on direct, high heat for a total of 10-12 minutes, turning every 2-3 minutes with grill tongs.
  7. Remove when corn is slightly charred.
  8. Let cool slightly and then use a knife to cut off the kernels of corn.

Mexican Street Corn Salad:

  1. Combine corn, mayo, feta, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, paprika salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Stir to combine.
  2. Taste and add additional lime juice, chili powder, feta or any other ingredient, as desired.
  3. Top with grated cotija cheese, if desired.


  • *Corn: Grilling your corn is the preferred – the flavor is so much better! But, I totally get it that we don’t always have time to do that. Here are some alternate methods: Microwave Sweet Corn: leave the husk on and place corn in microwave one at a time. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.  Remove husk and cut off corn for salad. Boiled Sweet Corn: Bring large pot of water to a low boil. Remove husk and silk from corn and place in boiling water. Let boil 4-5 minutes. Remove from water and let cool. Cut off kernels of corn for salad.
  • Frozen/Canned Corn: Frozen corn should work fine if you are in a pinch, but canned corn might be a little too mushy and I don’t think the texture would work well here!
  • Dairy-Free Feta: this is a great dairy-free feta
  • Red Onion: feel free to add as much or as little as you like of this, but I would recommend at least a little!
  • Got leftovers: make some Mexican Street Corn Burgers or Mexican Street Corn Nachos!!

Keywords: Mexican street corn salad