This Elote corn salad recipe is one of the easiest side dishes you can make! Serve this with your favorite grilled dishes, tacos, or even as a dip. This delicious corn salad is all year long!
One of my favorite local restaurants was advertizing a big Cinco de Mayo takeout family feast that stopped me in my tracks. They were even selling to go margaritas (so maybe that actually caught my attention first)!
I was seconds away from placing my order when I thought to myself, “what the heck am I doing”?? Mexican food is some of my favorite kinds of food and it doesn’t have to be complicated to be good!
What Is Elote Style Corn?
Elote is cooked sweet corn covered in a mixture of mayonnaise, crema, and chili powder and then sprinkled with cheese. It is often referred to as Mexican street corn because it’s a popular snack sold street vendors in Mexico.
What Do I Need To Make This Corn Salad?
Fresh corn – It is such a great time of year for fresh corn! But frozen corn or canned corn are always a good substitute.
Mayo – Any kind will do!
Plain Greek Yogurt – This adds a rich-tasting tang to the recipe
Splash of Lime -Use a fresh lime if possible
Cotija cheese – This can usually be found in the ethnic section of your grocery store. This unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese is crumbly and dense.
How To Make This Elote Corn Salad Recipe
Prepare your ears of corn by either boiling them, grilling them, or broiling them. You need about 4 cups of corn for this recipe.
Remove the corn kernels from each ear and place them in a bowl.
Add mayo, yogurt, lime juice, seasoning, and stir to combine.
Crumble the Cotija cheese over the salad just before serving.
Garnish with lime wedges if desired
Elote Corn Salad Tips and Suggestions
Charred or grilled corn would add so much flavor to this salad!
Use Mexican Crema in place of the yogurt for a more authentic dressing.
If you want to beef up the salad you could certainly add cherry tomatoes, onions, diced peppers (poblano or jalapenos would be lovely), and diced avocados.
Can This Corn Salad Be Made Ahead of Time?
The beauty of this salad is that it absolutely can be made in advance! Simply combine all the ingredients and cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve! You can even add the cheese in advance!
Is Corn Salad Gluten-Free?
If you are watching your gluten, you will be happy to know that this simple salad is indeed gluten-free!
What to Serve With This Corn Salad
- 5 ears of corn (about 4 cups)
- ¼ cup mayo
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- Splash of lime
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup Cotija cheese
- Prepare your ears of corn by either boiling them, grilling them, or broiling them. You need about 4 cups of corn for this recipe.
- Remove the corn kernels from each ear and place them in a bowl.
- Add mayo, yogurt, lime juice, seasoning, and stir to combine.
- Crumble the Cotija cheese over the salad just before serving.
- Garnish with lime wedges and chopped cilantro if desired
Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 14mgSodium 417mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 6g