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An easy Mexican side dish corn recipe that can be served with fajitas or tacos.
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5 from 4 votes

Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe

This easy Mexican Street Corn Salad is the best way to enjoy corn off the cob! Corn, Cotija cheese, onion, jalapeño, and the perfect mix of seasonings come together to make the most flavorfu Mexican-style recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels* about 4 ears of corn
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter*
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise*
  • cup Cotija cheese*
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • green onions optional


  • Combine oil, butter, corn kernels, and salt in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. *
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring corn every 2 minutes.
  • Whisk together garlic, lime juice, and mayo in a small bowl while corn is cooking.
  • Remove corn from heat once it is tender and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in mayo mixture, red onion, Cotija cheese, jalapeno, and cilantro. 
  • Toss to combine and serve immediately with additional Cotija cheese and green onions.



Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep Ahead:  Feel free to make ahead the night before, or whip it up the day you want to serve it.  Because after all, it only takes 20 minutes to make!  Make sure you save the cheese to mix in just before serving if you want to reheat it and serve it warm.
  • To Serve: This easy side dish can can be served either warm or chilled. It also tastes great with a little extra cheese and green onions.
  • To Store: Leftover Mexican street corn salad lasts for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Freezing is not recommended.
  • To Reheat: If you want to serve hot, add to a skillet on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 651IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg