If you’re in need of a quick and easy side dish, this Skillet Mexican Street Corn Salad goes great alongside fajitas, on tacos, or with chicken. This Mexican corn side dish recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, kid friendly and ready in under 20 minutes!
Mexican Corn Side Dish Recipe
Nothing says summer like corn on the cob… Or this Mexican street corn salad that is whipped up in your skillet 🙂
A while back, my brother-in-law invited a few of us to come and celebrate his birthday at the San Antonio BBQ Festival.
You were given 4 food tickets and 2 drinks tickets when you entered and then got to choose from over 40 tents cooking up delicious food!
After much BBQ consumption, I used my last food ticket to grab a BBQ taco and a cup of some tasty Mexican corn goodness (–>later known as a Mexican street corn salad.)
The BBQ taco was pretty good, but what was that incredibly addicting corn concoction?!
As the five of us sat around shoving our faces full of BBQ, BBQ, and more BBQ, a few random strangers came up and offered us their tickets. (We must have still looked hungry?!)
We quickly accepted before they had the opportunity to change their minds.
I took this opportunity to dart over to the tent serving up that creamy and buttery Mexican street corn salad and get another cupful.
Ahhh… sweet corn success!
Ever since then I have had Mexican streen corn salad on the brain and had to recreate this simple Mexican side dish recipe at home.
Why is this Mexican Street Corn Salad Made in a Skillet?
I have attempted the grill quite recently (you can find out all about it here–> Grilled Fajita Chicken Kabobs). However, I often choose to cook in the comfort of my air conditioned kitchen during the scorching months of summer.
While most recipes for a Mexican street corn salad are made by first by grilling the corn on the cob, the corn in this recipe is actually cooked in a skillet.
You can still get that crispy, slightly scorched outer layer on your corn by cranking up your heat a bit at the end. Pay close attention to it though, because the corn can burn quickly!
Side Dishes for Fajitas
This Mexican street corn salad is one of my favorite side dishes for fajitas, tastes great on tacos, or with chicken.
You can even mix it into your favorite spinach salad for an extra bit of flavor!
Feel free to make ahead the night before, or whip it up the day you want to serve it.
You can also choose to serve this Mexican street corn cold or heated up, as a dip or as a side dish!
Skillet Mexican Street Corn Salad
- In a medium-sized non-stick skillet over medium heat combine corn kernels, oil, butter, and salt. Cook for 10 minutes, flipping corn every 2 minutes.*
While corn is cooking, combine garlic, lime juice, and mayo in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- In a large bowl combine corn, mayo mixture, and remaining ingredients. Toss to combine and serve immediately with additional Cotija cheese and green onions.
*If you would like slightly “charred” corn kernels, simply increase heat to medium-high at the end of cooking and let the kernels sit for two-minute intervals before flipping. Repeat until it is charred to your liking!
**You can use vegan Feta "cheese", more olive oil in place of the butter, and avocado mayo to make this recipe vegan.
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