Spicy Mexican Street Corn Salad

On Wednesday night, our small group from church came over for dinner. Although “small” might not be the right term because we had 12 people, which was the perfect crowd for taco Tuesday. We had an amazing spread of taco toppings and I decided to make something a little bit different. I made a spicy Mexican street corn salad.


I don’t remember the first time I had street corn, but I remember thinking… this is worth the mayonnaise. I’m usually a mayo-hater but I have to admit that a little mayonnaise is really what makes this recipe. I know, I know. Who am I? But after our friends had this “salad” (and trust me, I know this isn’t a salad by any stretch of the imagination) they asked for the recipe so I figured I better share it! The great thing about Mexican street corn in salad form is that it’s much easier to eat, so you’re less likely to end up with cheese on your chin. You’re welcome.

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Spicy Mexican Street Corn Salad
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This makes enough for a large party, so feel free to half the recipe if you don't need as much!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12
  • 2 14 oz bags of frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 8 oz feta cheese
  • ½ jalapeno, diced (remove the seeds for less heat)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime
  • ½ tsp chipotle sea salt (or ¼ tsp chili powder + ½ tsp sea salt)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  1. In a large skillet, cook the corn in the olive oil over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. You want to lightly toast the corn kernels.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mayo and feta until mixed.
  4. Stir in the diced jalapeno and cilantro.
  5. Using a garlic press, crush the garlic and stir in. (If you don't have a garlic press, just finely mince it then stir in.)
  6. Slice the lime in half and use a fork to juice each half. Add the juice into the bowl.
  7. Add in the corn into the cheese mixture and stir until well coated.
  8. Sprinkle with chipotle sea salt, and red pepper flakes, then mix, and serve!


Side note, my mother in law got me a set of mixing bowls for Christmas and she had an artist friend paint my blog name on there. Isn’t that cute? I love them!

This spicy Mexican street corn salad is the perfect side dish for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas!

One of the things I love about this dish is that you can make it ahead of time and then just pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours. (Make sure you don’t leave it out for too long since the mayonnaise could go bad!) This recipe makes a huge batch and almost all of it got eaten. I think that’s a pretty good sign!

black bean enchiladas

This spicy street corn salad goes perfectly with these 5 ingredient black bean enchiladas!

This spicy Mexican street corn salad is the perfect side dish for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas!

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  1. Glad you like the bowls. Looks great in the photo. Love and miss you.

  2. I made a version of this one summer with fresh sweet corn and wasn’t all that impressed. It had no flavor! I think your version might kick it up notch. Love that you made is spicy!

  3. This sounds AMAZING! I’ve actually never tried the corn Mayo combo but this looks too good not to try!

  4. Um, this looks amazing. I need to make this and I’m pretty sure Riley would love it too!

  5. What a perfect accompaniment to my tacos tonight! Love the addition of chipotle salt…yum! Pinned.

  6. I’m all about a little mayo…this looks delicious Liz!

  7. Mexican Street Corn is my favorite…will make this recipe for dinner tonight!

  8. The bright yellow of this salad just makes me happy! Mexican Street Corn is such a treat when you can get farm fresh corn on the cob, too! This looks outstanding!

  9. Love the look of this salad, not flavours I have ever seen together before but I’d love to try this:-)

  10. This is such a genius idea! Mexican street corn is sooooo good, and I feel like it was made to be in salad form. I can imagine heaping big scoops of this onto my plate, or right into a taco. Pinning!

  11. Wow that is so sweet of your mom to get bowls for you like that! And this looks like a PERFECT Mexican side dish. I love corn salad.

  12. Yum! We are huge Mexican street corn fans in our home. I bet it’s amazing turned into a corn salad like this.

  13. That Mexican street corn looks delicious and easy to make. Yum!

  14. What a sweet and thoughtful gift by your mother in law. Love this “salad” , need to try it out!

  15. Oh I think my kids would love this..! They love corn. Like that bowl very much too!

  16. Such a beautiful salad – I could make a meal out of it on its own!

  17. First, your recipe looks awesome. Second, your bowl is also so cute. That is a great idea!

  18. Oh yummy! Almost reminds me of elote but not on the cob!

  19. Mmm I LOOOVE Mexican Street Corn, and this looks fabulous! The last time I had a dish like this was at Rosa Mexicana in National Harbor for my friend’s bachelorette weekend – we went out to dinner there.

  20. Looks delicious- and super cute bowl!!

  21. Yum, that looks and sounds wonderful! Anything with cilantro in it is a win in my book! 🙂 Can’t wait to give it a try.

  22. First off those bowls are such a great gift idea! This salad looks amazing! Do you think it’d be boring without the cheese? This would be a perfect taco night side!

  23. Looks so tasty! I love street corn

  24. What a great salad! 🙂

  25. What a great recipe for Taco Tuesdays! Yum!

  26. Cool beans on your logo bowl! I love this recipe and idea. Would never had thought of feta & corn combo.

  27. I don’t really like mayo ; so maybe I’ll use Avocado as I always do in place of mayo

    • I normally HATE mayo so I honestly totally understand but despite my normal hatred, it was good in this! Let me know if you try avocado though. I bet that would be good!

  28. This salsa looks fantastic! It would be so perfect for a Taco Tuesday party!

  29. Mayonnaise is totally worth it in this case! But also FETA! Love that addition. I would have such a hard time with portion control! And I like how I can eat it without getting food down my chin and shirt now, so really-thank you!

  30. I hear you – I’m normally a mayo hater, too! But it does look yummy in this recipe, and what a terrific add-on for taco night. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Love this!! SO so good. I love how easy Mexican corn dishes are and how much fun to make!


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