This recipe packs all the yumminess of Mexican Street Corn into an easy to make salad. Serve it up as a side dish at your next barbecue or taco night because it’s muy sabroso!

Bird's eye view of Mexican Street Corn Salad in a white dish.

Mexican street corn, or eloté, is a popular treat in Mexico and growing in popularity in the states as well. It consists of a corn on the cob with some special toppings, including mayonnaise, Cotija cheese and a chili powder spice. As a salad (esquites), this is a little easier to serve and prepare in advance, but has all the same delicious ingredients. You can also try adding the optional ingredients for a couple more flavors and textures or squeeze some lime over the top for a little extra zest!

Where can I purchase cotija cheese?

Cotija is carried in many grocery stores in the United States and can be found near the cheeses or deli section. It’s a Mexican-style cheese so it can also be found in Latin grocery stores or in the Latin section of a well-stocked supermarket.

What can I use instead of cotija cheese?

If you can’t find cotija cheese, you can substitute with parmesan cheese or feta cheese. For a vegan option, you can also use vegan feta cheese.

Substitues for Mayonnaise:

Mayonnaise is the traditional ingredient used in making Mexican Street Corn and Mexican Street Corn Salad, but we recognize not everyone likes to use mayo. Instead of using mayonnaise in this recipe you can use one of the following substitutes in this recipe:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cashew cream
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise

What kind of hot sauce should I use? Can I use something else?

This recipe calls for topping with a Mexican-style hot sauce. Common brands we recommend include Tapatio and Cholula. Another option is to add in finely minced jalapeno to bring up the heat level. If you don’t want your salad to be spicy, you can always leave out the hot sauce.

Street Corn Salad in a white dish.

Can I use canned corn or frozen corn?

If you’re in a pinch, you can use canned corn, however, fresh corn is always best. If you need to use an alternative, frozen corn is a better option as it was removed from the cob and flash frozen. Be sure to thaw it and drain it thoroughly of all excess moisture if you choose to go this route. You’ll need 4 cups of corn total, which is approximately three 15-ounce cans of corn, drained well, or a little over one 16 ounce bag of frozen corn. The exact amount of corn you use is flexible.

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