If you love Mexican street corn as much as I do, you will love the combination of flavors in this healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad. Its creamy, spicy, salty, and citrusy, it’s the perfect light side dish.

Mexican Street Corn Salad in a brown bowl with a painted wooden spoon       

I’m a Mexican street corn lover! I can never pass up an elotero (corn on the cob vendor). I love Mexican street corn, elote en vaso (also called esquites), and now, I am obsessed over this Mexican street corn salad.

Traditional Mexican street corn is slathered with butter and mayonnaise or crema after boiled or grilled, but in this recipe, I brushed each corn with avocado oil and grilled it till perfectly charred.

corn on the cob limes jalapeño and grape tomatoes with tastefully simple avocado oil seasoning salt and chili powder

This corn salad takes all the elements of the popular smoky, sweet corn and combines them into a warm, easy-to-eat salad perfect for a side dish.

a hand brushing corn on the cob in the grill

Dressing and toppings

After the corn is grilled (and cool to the touch) slice the kernels off the corn and combine them with juicy cherry tomatoes and spicy jalapeños. Drizzle with a dressing made of avocado oil, lime juice, hot sauce, seasoning salt, and chili seasoning.

The dressing is similar in flavor to the toppings you’ll find on Mexican street corn. But instead of butter and mayonnaise or crema, I’m using avocado oil, which is much healthier.

Dressing Ingredients

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hand holding a mason jar and drizzling dressing on Mexican street corn salad

The salad is then sprinkled with cilantro and queso cotija and slices of jalapeño, because I like it spicy.

How to serve

You can serve this Mexican street corn salad just after you make it, although it also tastes great chilled. It’s a great make-ahead option for cookouts and picnics! This corn salad can be served at room temperature or cold.

No grill?

If you don’t have a grill you can easily remove the kernels from the cob and char the corn kernels on the stovetop in a cast iron pan, and even though there’s no open flame, the kernels still pick up that smokiness that makes this dish so great.

Another alternative is to boil corn kernels until tender.

charred corn on the cob sliced on a wooden board

No fresh corn on the cob?

When fresh corn is out of season, you can easily swap in thawed frozen corn, but know that thawed frozen corn will be slightly softer than fresh.

Watch this video to see how simple this Mexican street corn salad comes together.

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Mexican Street Corn Salad ready and served in a big bowl on a wooden board

Mexican Street Corn Salad

5 (4 ratings)
If you love Mexican street corn as much as I do, you will love the combination of flavors in this healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad. Its creamy, spicy, salty, and citrusy, it's the perfect light side dish.



  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili seasoning

Corn Salad

  • 5 corn on the cob, husked
  • Avocado oil, for brushing
  • 10 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 jalapeños, diced or sliced
  • Cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup cotija, crumbled


  • In a bowl or mason jar, combine the avocado oil, lime juice, hot sauce, salt, and chili. Stir or shake and set aside.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the corn with avocado oil and grill until char marks form. Remove from grill and let cool.
  • Slice the kernels off the corn and add to a large bowl along with the tomatoes and jalapeño. Drizzle in the dressing. Stir to coat, then add cilantro and cheese. 
  • Season to taste and serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.



  • If you do not have seasoned salt and chili seasoning, replace with ½ teaspoon of kosher salt and ½ teaspoon of your favorite chili powder.
  • The corn can be cooked up to a day in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature for about 15 minutes before assembling the salad.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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  • Nutrition does not include extra avocado oil for brushing corn.
Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 338mg, Potassium: 317mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 505IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg

Photos by Jenna Sparks / Video by Pure Cinematography

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