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Mexican Corn Salad Recipe

This Mexican Corn Salad Recipe combines buttered sweet corn, salty cotija cheese, bright cilantro and lime, and zippy jalapeno and garlic with a punchy, creamy dressing to cool it down.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 206kcal



  • 4 large ears corn on the cob
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 jalapeno de-seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese divided
  • 2 scallions green and white parts, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves for the top
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges, for serving



  • Cook the corn and cut it off the cob. (The easiest way to do this is in the microwave!) Let the corn cool to room temperature.
    Cutting Corn Off the Cob
  • Add the butter to a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the garlic and minced jalapeno and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the corn, red onion, 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese, 1/2 of the sliced scallion, and the garlic/jalapeno butter to a large bowl. Gently stir to combine.
  • Stir together all ingredients for the dressing in a medium bowl. Add the dressing to the corn mixture and gently stir to combine.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and top with the remaining 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese, 1/2 of the sliced scallion, the cilantro leaves, and the sliced jalapeno.
  • Serve along with the lime wedges to squeeze on top.


  • How to Cook Corn on the Cob: For full directions on how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave, check out this post.
  • Storage: Store this salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg