Mexican Corn Salad is a wonderful fresh corn salad made for summer BBQ’s and Mexican feasts! It’s a giant salad form of Esquites, a corn street snack sold in cups on the streets of Mexico. Corn kernels are sautéed in butter and garlic until golden brown, then dressed in a creamy lime dressing and finished fresh coriander/cilantro and a hint of zing from Jalapeño. It’s outrageously and insanely good!
5 cups corn cut from the cob (~4 large ears)
2 tbsp / 30g butter
2 garlic cloves , minced
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise (can cut down to 2 tbsp)
1/4 cup sour cream (or yoghurt)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese , finely grated
1 tbsp Jalapeno , deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
1 cup coriander / cilantro leaves , roughly chopped
1 cup green onion , finely sliced (~2 stems)
1/2 red onion , finely chopped
2 – 3 tbsp lime juice
60g / 2 oz Cotija or Feta , crumbled (optional)
Jalapeno slices, coriander/cilantro leaves, lime wedges
- Cut off kernels: Cut the corn off the cob (see photo in post or video for how I do this without getting corn everywhere!) If using frozen, do not thaw.
- Brown corn: Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and stir for 10 seconds. Add corn and cook for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then, until you get lovely golden brown bits and the corn is cooked and sweet (don't stir constantly, harder to brown).
- Season corn: Add salt and pepper halfway through cooking corn.
- Toss with dressing: Transfer corn into large bowl. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and parmesan. Toss well to combine – heat will "melt" dressing. Add coriander/cilantro, red onion, green onion and jalaepno. Toss again.
- Serve: Transfer to serving bowl. Crumble over cotija/feta and garnishes of choice. Serve warm or at room temperature.