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Easy Mexican Corn Salad

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This quick and easy Mexican Corn Salad will be a favorite summer side dish all season. It’s healthy and is a simplified, deconstructed version of your favorite elotes. Robust with the warm and spicy flavors of cumin and red pepper. Serve warm or cold, it’s simply delicious. 

Closeup of Mexican Corn Salad

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Chopped onions, peppers, and tomatoes

As summer approaches, everyone should have a quick and easy Corn Salad up their sleeve. From picnics to cookouts, potlucks to summer celebrations like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

Chopped peppers, tomatoes, onion, and corn in a bowl

Because after all, summer can’t be summer without corn. Be that corn on the cob, cornbread, or this corn salad. 

Mixed chopped Mexican Corn Salad in bowl

A New Take on Mexican Street Corn

Mexican street corn, or elotes, is a favorite street food. And it is incredible! If you’re not familiar, it’s grilled corn on the cob topped with a spicy sour cream and mayo sauce that is then rolled in cotija cheese. This salad is an easier twist that delivers the same flavors. 

closup of Mexican Corn Salad on a blue plate

How is Mexican Corn Salad Served? 

I’m tempted to say… anyway you like. Truly, it’s just as delicious warm as it is cold. When packing for picnics, potlucks, and BBQ’s, it’s easiest to bring cold. 

Closeup of Mexican Corn Salad on a blue star plate

Mexican Corn Salad Dressing

While it is super easy to whisk together a homemade dressing, I happen to have fallen in love with Litehouse Sweet Onion Dressing. Adding a few additions to this dressing makes it perfect for this Mexican Corn Salad. 

If you aren’t able to find this dressing, simply substitute 1/2 cup of greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey.

Mexican Corn Salad on plate with fresh tomatoes


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mexican corn salad with cluster of tomatoes

Easy Mexican Corn Salad for Summer Gatherings

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A quick and easy Mexican Corn Salad will be a favorite side all summer long. It's healthy, a simplified version of elotes, robust with the warm and spicy flavors of cumin and red pepper. Serve warm or cold, it's simply delicious.


  • 4-5 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed (or two 12 ounce bags of frozen corn)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or cotija cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Combine the dressing, cumin, and cayenne. Then add the lime juice until you reach desired consistency.
  2. Heat a drizzle of oil into a large saute pan. To the hot oil add the corn and garlic. Saute about 10 minutes or until the corn begins to char in places. Add the chili powder and salt and pepper to taste; continue to cook for another minute, or until the corn is fragrant. Be sure to stir frequently so it doesn't burn.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the corn and garlic with the black beans, bell pepper, red onion, and tomatoes. Stir in the fresh cilantro and drizzle the dressing over the salad. Sprinkle with feta. Serve warm or cold.


If you can't find Litehouse Sweet Onion Dressing, substitute 1/2 cup greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon sugar or honey.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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  1. I couldn’t find the Lighthouse sweet onion dressing. I bought Marzetti’s sweet onion, will that work? I want to make this tomorrow for Labor Day. Thank you

    1. Hi Tammy, I’ve not used Marzzetti’s sweet onion dressing, but I compared the ingredient list and they are almost exactly the same. The only difference that I could see was Lighthouse contains mustard seeds and Marzetti’s contains poppy seeds, both last on the ingredient list. It should work equally well! Hope you enjoy it!

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