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Mexican Street Corn Salad

I first made this salad last December for our Christmas ‘braai’, and it was an instant hit! Since then, I’ve been making it regularly—it hits all the right notes. Spicy, tangy, sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy, it’s a wonderful and easy recipe to whip up.

Mexican Street corn salad chilis and lime

Benefits of Mexican Street Corn Salad:

  1. Nutritious Ingredients: Mexican street corn salad is packed with wholesome ingredients like fresh corn, creamy thick yoghurt, tangy lime juice, and spicy chili’s, making it a nutritious and satisfying dish.
  2. High in Fiber: Corn is a good source of dietary fiber, which helps promote healthy digestion and keeps you feeling full and satisfied.
  3. Rich in Antioxidants: Corn is also rich in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
  4. Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals: This salad is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium, which are essential for overall health and well-being.

Cilantro is a nutrient-rich herb that offers a plethora of health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, it helps combat oxidative stress and inflammation, supporting overall wellness. Its carminative properties aid digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort. Additionally, cilantro may help regulate blood sugar levels, promote heart health, aid in detoxification, and possess antimicrobial properties, contributing to a strong immune system and optimal health. Incorporate cilantro into your meals to savour its delicious flavour and reap its numerous health-promoting effects.

Mexican Street Corn Salad Ingredients Recipe

Ingredients for Mexican Street Corn Salad:

  • Fresh Corn: Use fresh corn on the cob for the best flavour and texture. You can cut the kernels off the cob and then fry them in a pan or grill the corn over a fire until tender, then cut the kernels off the cob.
  • Fresh double thick yoghurt: Creamy yoghurt adds richness and flavour to the salad, while also helping to bind the ingredients together.
  • Lime Juice: Tangy lime juice adds a burst of citrusy flavour to the salad, balancing out the sweetness of the corn and the creaminess of the yoghurt.
  • Fresh Chili’s: Spicy fresh chili’s adds heat and depth of flavour to the salad, giving it that signature Mexican street corn taste.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds a burst of freshness and herbaceous flavour to the salad, complementing the other ingredients perfectly.
  • Feta/Cotija Cheese: Salty and crumbly cotija cheese is the perfect finishing touch for this salad, adding a burst of flavour and texture.

Mexican street corn salad in a bowl

With the addition of fresh chilis and tangy lime juice, this Mexican street corn salad is not only bursting with flavour but also packed with vitamin C. Fresh chilis and lime juice are both rich sources of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that supports immune health, promotes collagen production, and acts as a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.

History Fun Fact:

Did you know that Mexican street corn, also known as elote, has been enjoyed in Mexico for centuries? It’s a popular street food snack made by grilling or boiling corn on the cob, then slathering it with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. Today, it’s enjoyed all over the world and has become a staple at backyard barbecues and summer cookouts.

 

Mexican street corn salad ingredients chilis, limes

 

Recipe

AuthorGypsyCategory, DifficultyBeginner

This spicy street corn salad is perfect for a braai or any gathering. It is sweet, salty, spicy & zesty. The lime just completes this salad beautifully. A real crowd pleaser!

Spicy Street Corn Salad Recipe

Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

 6 ears of corn (cut off the cob)
 ½ cup feta cheese
 5 baby bell peppers (small)
 2 habanero chillies (seeds removed)
 4 bird’s eye chillies (seeds removed)
 2 big dollops of greek plain yoghurt
 1 lime
 ½ red onion
 ½ cup of cilantro
 garlic
 1 tbsp olive oil

1

Cut the corn carefully off the cob.

Deseed the peppers and chillis and dice them small

Fry the corn, peppers and chillis in olive oil over low heat and let the corn char a bit.

2

I added loads of Ina Paarmans braai and grill spice. But paprika is the star. If you don't have Ina Paarmans braai and grill spice, you can add any Mexican type spice like paprika. And add salt and pepper.

Add some garlic towards the end of frying the corn.

Spicy Street corn salad

3

Cut up the red onion and cilantro. Add to a salad bowl. Then add your corn mixture to bowl.

Let it cool.

Mix feta and yogurt and add that to the bowl as well. Squeeze in some lime, stir and it is done.

Decorate with some chilis and leave in the fridge the chill. Enjoy!

Spicy Street Corn Salad Recipe

Ingredients

 6 ears of corn (cut off the cob)
 ½ cup feta cheese
 5 baby bell peppers (small)
 2 habanero chillies (seeds removed)
 4 bird’s eye chillies (seeds removed)
 2 big dollops of greek plain yoghurt
 1 lime
 ½ red onion
 ½ cup of cilantro
 garlic
 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

1

Cut the corn carefully off the cob.

Deseed the peppers and chillis and dice them small

Fry the corn, peppers and chillis in olive oil over low heat and let the corn char a bit.

2

I added loads of Ina Paarmans braai and grill spice. But paprika is the star. If you don't have Ina Paarmans braai and grill spice, you can add any Mexican type spice like paprika. And add salt and pepper.

Add some garlic towards the end of frying the corn.

Spicy Street corn salad

3

Cut up the red onion and cilantro. Add to a salad bowl. Then add your corn mixture to bowl.

Let it cool.

Mix feta and yogurt and add that to the bowl as well. Squeeze in some lime, stir and it is done.

Decorate with some chilis and leave in the fridge the chill. Enjoy!

Spicy Street Corn Salad Recipe

Spicy Street Corn Salad

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren Maker
    April 1, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    Yummy this is my best type of dish!

  • Reply
    Khush
    April 1, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    I love Mexican food and I love corn too. This one looks really so tasty will try your recipe

  • Reply
    Hari
    April 1, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    I am hearing about the Mexican corn salad for the very first time, but it looks stunningly delicious! Super yummy and thanks for introducing this recipe to me!

  • Reply
    pedja
    April 1, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    I love this salad. It looks delicious, spacy, and all that for 45min. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Debbie
    April 1, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    Yum! I order a version of this recipe at a local restaurant. I’m excited to have a Mexican Street Corn Salad recipe to try making it myself at home.

  • Reply
    Ginger
    April 1, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    This looks so yummy, I also love the fun fact you included. Thanks for the recipe, perfect for the incoming hot season too!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      April 2, 2024 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Ginger. 🙂 It is perfect for a BBQ. Or ‘braai’ a we call it.

  • Reply
    Claire
    April 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Always looking for new Mexican recipes! Thanks for this!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      April 2, 2024 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much Claire. 🙂

  • Reply
    Quotidian Tales
    April 2, 2024 at 1:15 am

    Goodness. This is amazing. We usually have corn salad with yogurt and a pinch of other spices. But this is a whole new level. Love it.

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      April 2, 2024 at 9:05 am

      Aaah thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply
    Vaishali
    April 3, 2024 at 2:16 am

    Loved the spice. So good!

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