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Mexican Street Corn Salad: the simple, delicious recipe for Esquites

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
fresh corn, shucked, kernels removed
4 ears
Cotija Cheese, finely crumbled
2 ounces
finely sliced spring onions, green parts only
1/2 cup
fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup
jalapeño pepper, seeded and stemmed, finely chopped
1
Vegetable Oil
2 tbsp
Kosher Salt
Mayonnaise
2 tbsp
Garlic, minced
2 medium cloves
Freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp
Chili powder or hot chili flakes, to taste

Spicy, smoky, and a little bit sweet (thanks to the fresh sweet corn), Mexican street corn salad, or esquites, is a fantastic summer side dish that's ready to eat in under 20 minutes. This ultra-flavorful Mexican street food recipe is the off the cob version of elote, Mexican grilled corn. You don't need a grill to make esquites, so it's effortless to prepare and cook – the perfect last-minute quick side dish that tastes amazing and goes with everything from tacos and enchiladas to your favorite barbecue dishes.

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How to Make Mexican Street Corn Salad

  1. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over high heat.
  2. Add in the corn kernels and season with a dash of salt. Stir once, then let the corn cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes until charred. Repeat until the kernels are nicely charred all over, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Place the corn in a bowl, then add mayonnaise, cheese, spring onions, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, and chili powder. Toss to mix. Serve warm.
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Notes

– Use the freshest corn you can find to make esquites. Head to your local farmers' market.

– Taste the esquites before serving and making any adjustments you might need like extra salt, lime, or chili powder.

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