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Warm Mexican Corn Salad

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Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote.

Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, eloteWarm Mexican Corn Salad

Inspired by a very popular Mexican street food called elote, a typical street food of grilled corn, smothered with mayonnaise and topped with shredded cojita cheese and chili powder. It’s simply addicting and combines the flavor sensations of sweet, spicy, sour and savory. Here in New York, you can find vendors in Hispanic neighborhoods on busy street corners grilling corn and serving this special treat.

There’s a heat wave in New York this week, so I skipped the grill and cooked the sweet corn on the stove just a few minutes. I added some fresh scallion and cilantro for color and flavor and loved this as a side dish.

Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote

Cotija cheese is a firm, dry Mexican cheese similar to a feta, which could be used in it’s place if you can’t find it near you.

Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote

Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote

Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote
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Warm Mexican Corn Salad (Elote)

5 from 8 votes
Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Sweet summer corn lightly coated with lime infused mayonnaise, a touch of hot chili powder and cojita cheese. Also known as the Mexican street corn salad, elote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 0.75 cups


  • 4 large fresh cobs of corn
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder, more or less to taste (check labels for GF)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, from half a lime
  • 1 tbsp minced cilantro
  • 2 tbsp scallions, minced
  • 1/2 cup 40 g cotija cheese, grated
  • 5 lime wedges for serving


  • Boil corn in boiling water for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  • When cool enough to handle, cut corn off the cobb. (makes 4 cups)
  • In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt, chili powder, and lime juice; mix well.
  • Add corn, cilantro, scallions and cheese and toss.
  • Serve with lime wedges.

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Serving: 0.75 cups, Calories: 152.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.3 g, Protein: 5.8 g, Fat: 4.9 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 4.5 mg, Sodium: 144 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 4.4 g


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129 comments on “Warm Mexican Corn Salad”

  1. My son said I needed to rate this recipe because it is one of his favorites! Love it! Not as healthy, but we love to eat it with chips lol!

  2. Delicious! This actually only came out to be 2 blue points for me. I used Fage 0% Greek yogurt and hellman’s light mayo with nuestro queso cotija cheese. A must have side dish to the salsa Verde enchilada recipe!

  3. Made this for dinner last night as a side to the late summer vegetable enchilada pie. Both were a huge hit! My husband couldn’t stop raving about this side dish.

  4. Help! I made this tonight, followed the recipe word for word and it came out really gritty, not creamy like it looks in the picture. Any thoughts on what I did wrong? It has a nice flavor, but the texture is kind of gross.

    1. Hmmm… Strange. Mine isn't gritty at all. Maybe it's a problem with your corn? Maybe you had dirt in it? Bummer.

  5. I made this last Summer and it was awesome! Now corn is back in season and I can't wait to make it again!!

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    Miranda Mellin

    I love this! I accidentally bought Queso Fresco instead of Cotija cheese so I used shredded parm.

  7. Had lots of compliments on this one at a coworkers going-away lunch! And my kitchen smells delicous 🙂

  8. Served this with the pork chop and dijon recipe…AMAZING! I added more chile powder and used feta and liked squeezing extra lime on it right before eating. This is a must keep recipe 🙂

  9. Someone may have already stated this but this recipe is listed under egg free and mayo is almost 100% eggs!! T

  10. I have made this over and over again for my family and the quadrupled batch that I made for a Boy Scout potluck disappeared within 25 minutes!

    One time I didn't have corn on hand but I had some summer squash, zucchini and patty pan so I cut them up into little corn sized bites, cooked them in a nonstick pan with a little olive oil and did the rest of the recipe as listed and it turned out to be also very yummy!

  11. Just made this tonight. I used crumbled feta instead of the other cheese. You did not put a warning on it though that I would eat the WHOLE THING! Hahah. It was awesome. I just ate it straight out of the mixing bowl, which was probably a part of my problem.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Living in LA, we LOVE Elotes! Even Elotes en Vaso. Made a variation with leftover taziki sauce. Still delish!

  13. I was really surprised when I made this tonight that I didn't really like it. I don't know what it was, but it didn't have much flavor to me. Maybe I should have added more chili powder.

  14. This recipe is just amazing, even my kids/ Toddlers love it. I am obliged to make it for the hubby, It is fun making , eating and digesting. Thanks for sharing, i have made it three times so far. a lil more lime is great. Great for a potluck idea. Thanks a bunch, LOVE LOVE this site.

  15. I made this tonight to go with 2 dishes, Soy Ginger Tilapia, and Salsa Poached Eggs (

    Thank you for the recipe! It was so good!!!

  16. I made this as a side dish for a mini fiesta last night with my girlfriends. Everyone loved it! It was a simple recipe to make. I will definitely keep it in my recipe book. 🙂

  17. Made this for dinner tonight, to go with your Pollo Sabroso and Cilantro Lime Rice. I absolutely loved this corn salad. Hubby wasn't as big a fan, but that's ok. Corn isn't his favorite veggie anyway. The recipe is easy enough to scale down just for me, so that's what I'll do. 🙂

  18. We first tried this dish at a restaurant in Sedona called Elote and fell in love with it. I made it last week with your recipe and it was nirvana. Picked up more fresh corn last night to make it again. I think we'll be having this often this summer. Pinned it, so I can find it easily. Thanks so much!

  19. I have tried about 15-20 of your recipes and this one is definitely in my top 5! keep on dishin them out Gina, your blog is and has been a favorite of mine for over 2 years now.

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    Nancy Walters

    This was SO good, even better than I expected. I made the recipe exactly as you wrote it, I never go wrong with your recipes!!

  21. I made this tonight and it was delicious!! I used frozen corn (sweet white & yellow), omitted the cilantro (I'm not a fan), doubled up on the chili powder and added some cayenne (I was craving something with heat), substituted crumbled fat-free feta for the cotija, and used the juice of an entire lime. Will definitely make this again!

  22. Made this last night (along with the red potato salad with apples). My boyfriend loved both recipes! From one Long Island girl to another, thanks so much, Gina 🙂

  23. I made this as a side dish today, and everyone raved about it. I'm so glad I doubled the recipe! I had never used cotija cheese before, and found it to be delicious. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you Gina!

  24. I made this for a potluck dinner at Church on Sunday. Everyone loved it! I came home with an empty bowl. I had to use Parmesan since I couldn't find the cotija. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  25. I just made this for a picnic, and of course had to sample…YUMMY!!! I couldn't find the cotija cheese, so I used feta instead. Absolutely delicious! I can't wait to hear the reactions at the picnic tomorrow!

  26. I will be making this for the 4th of July. Looks wonderful! I've seen the cotija cheese at Walmart before, but never purchased it. I'm heading out now to get all the ingredients.

    1. I did find the cotija cheese at Walmart. It's in a cellophane bag, and crumbled/grated. I tasted it, and it's very similar to Parmesan.

  27. I made this last weekend for a family BBQ and it was a HUGE hit. There were 7 adults and I did 7 ears of corn… we had leftovers! When this is a side dish, I would reco 1/2 – 2/3 cup per person. I made it in the morning, put it in the fridge, took it out an hour before we ate and ate it room temp for dinner. (I did add a little extra lime and used less mayo)

    One tip… if you do have the time, grilling the corn adds some great additional flavor!

    Gina – I'm new to Skinnytaste and know I'll be back. Great recipes – yummy, easy, and definitely crowd pleasers! I'm going to try your Thai Curry Shrimp tonight 🙂

    PS. I was introduced to you through my sister and your no bake cheesecake – YUM!

  28. Gina-thank you for this AMAZING recipe! I made it for dinner tonight and the only changes I made were subbing light queso blanco (even less calories and still tastes really good) for the cojita and also added adobo and a little black was amazing!! Had it with spicy baked and breaded chicken thighs and a big green salad with your yummy creamy cilantro & tomatillo dressing. It was all healthy and soooooo good! Can't wait to have the leftovers tomorrow! =)

  29. Amazing. I can't stop making this. I shared it with two friends who thought it was delicious. I love it served cold.

  30. I have been searching for a recipe for this after having it in a restaurant. Thank you! I am looking forward to trying this.

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    I'm making a big batch of this tonight and plan to bring it to a potluck tomorrow.

    Should I try to re-heat it to 'warm' or just serve it cold?

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      Well, I made a triple batch! That took a lot of work LOL.

      I accidentally bought (and used) mayonnaise dressing instead of normal mayonnaise, so I think it came out sweeter than it was supposed to.

      Regardless, I love it! I put it on top of my chicken last night.. Mmm mmm.

      I'm taking it to the potluck tonight; I hope I have leftovers!

  32. I used grated fresh Parmesan too. It was a wonderful dinner side dish, along with the Tomato bisque that I made from Gina's recipe

  33. Just finished eating this! It was delicious!!!! Definitely going to make this often. I'm thinking it would even make it in the winter with frozen corn. The husband loved it. Thanks for another fabulous recipe!!!!!

  34. This was fantastic! I'd never heard of this dish before, but you've never steered me wrong before, so I had to give it a try. So glad I did; this will have to become a weekly side dish this summer 🙂 Just hit my goal weight (35 pounds lost altogether), and your website has been a huge process of that—thank you, Gina!

  35. I made this for a pot luck today & I'm sure it's gonna be a hit! My sister and I just tried it & are hoping for leftovers, but I'm pretty sure there won't be any. It's so good!

  36. I just made a Skinnytaste dinner! This salad was so easy to make and delicious. It will definitely remain part of my regular rotation. The rest of the menu:
    Pollo Sabroso (breasts and drumsticks)
    Arroz Congri
    Baked tostones

  37. What would go great with this would be some skinny chicken flautas. They are a welcome change to tiresome fajitas and tacos, and delicate flavors of peppers really set them apart. I've see some baked and healthy versions of greasy morsels of awesome, but they lack flavor and end up being chicken tacos rolled in tortilla chips by the time the oven dries them out. Just throwing it out there as a new recipe for you to makeover, Im sure they'd be a hit!

  38. I'm mexican and have this all the time. It's so good and definitely addicting. I usually do a fat free sour creme rather than yogurt though.

  39. This mexican dish is call ESQUITES, when we boil the elote (corn) we add epazote leafs and salt. To serve you put the corn grains with the hot broth, mayo, chili, cheese and lemon juice. So delicious!!!!

  40. My daughter-in-law is Mexican so I can't wait to make this for her. I know she will be so surprised. If you don't want to grill the corn or heat up your kitchen you can put the cleaned ears of corn in a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag and microwave for 6 minutes. Perfect corn everytime and so much tastier than boiled corn.

    1. Even easier is put the whole ear of corn in the microwave without shucking it for 4 minutes. Cut off the bottom of the corn making sure to get all of the base and flip over and the corn will just fall out. No silks or anything.

      I saw a YouTube video and had to try it…works perfectly!

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    Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Yum! I do a dish kind of like yours, but I smear all the goodness on the cob of corn than grill it. I love your idea and addition of cheese!!

  42. This is great! I've grown up being able to buy from the vendors, but it was always a problem of having to explain, no I don't actually want the mayo on the corn, just everything else, and this takes care of that problem. I made this without mayo or yogurt and it was delicious!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  43. In Chicago (at least on the south side) they use grated parmesan cheese, I think it tastes wonderful. So, if you have trouble finding cotija and need a substitute, grated parmesan has similar calories/fat.

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    Juanita Consoer

    I saw the heading, and yelled "ELOTE"! My dh thought I was losing my mind. Lol. This is one of my faves. Love the healthier version, I only have my family's traditional recipe. Yay! Can't wait to make it.

  45. any idea how much corn "4 large fresh cobs" gives you? I plan on making this with canned corn but I need to know how much to use, to go with the rest of the ingredients. Thanks!

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    Tess @ AModernSuburbanitesLife

    Yes, this looks amazing. but like teh bloggers above – do you think there is a mayo alternative?? I hate mayo!

  47. OH MY GOODNESS! We just moved to Dallas from North Carolina and have fallen in love/obsession with elote!!! But it's not figure-friendly. I am SO excited you posted this recipe. So excited, in fact, that I just called my husband at work and told him about it. THANK YOU!

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    Thanks for allowing me to make these boards for you Gina! They look awesome in your photos 🙂

  49. What a great idea! I love Mexican corn but it never occurred to me (duh!) to serve it like this. So much easier and way less messy!

  50. What could be used to substitute the Mayo? any ideas?? I am dislike it too much-but think this recipe looks amazing!

    1. Try fat free sour cream in place of the mayo. It will taste a little different, but will still be good!

  51. Quick question we're stationed in germany & i never really see fresh corn on the cob in our commissary so should i use canned corn or frozen corn on the cob???

  52. I hate mayo (I'm weird, I know) so when I make this (and I plan on making it this weekend) I think I'll just use all yogurt. This looks amazing!

  53. Oh Gina this looks amazing. I want to eat it right now! Maybe I will swing by the store today to pick up the stuff to have it with the Mexican Carnitas I have in my crock pot already! 🙂

    1. It all turned out amazing! My husband was so happy! Have I mentioned he's lost 26 pounds now…? 😉

  54. Wow, what are the chances that I have all the ingredients (except the corn) in the house right now…..I think I'm making this to go with fish tonight for dinner!

    Thanks. Sounds delicious.


    1. Made it for dinner. Very very tasty! Will be making this again. I cheated and used frozen corn but it was still gooooooood.

      Thanks Gina. Another winner.

    1. Of the three grocery stores I frequent, they all randomly carry the Cotija cheese- it's a total crap shoot whether they will have it or not. Whole Foods usually does though, and Ricotta Salata is a very good substitute as well as the feta. It's a little drier than feta. I am obsessed with this type of corn and will definitely be trying this healthy version.

    2. Hi! Do you have a substitute for the cheese, as I know I probably won't be able to find the Cotija. I LOOOVE Feta cheese but can't have it right now because I am pregnant, (know I need to avoid mould-ripened soft cheeses) any suggestions on a different type of cheese?

    3. Cojita is also typically on the do not eat list of cheeses during pregnancy. I'd maybe try Parmesan for a substitute.

    4. My regular Kroger grocery store ALWAYS has Cotija, and we use it instead of feta. It is milder and saltier in flavor and WE LOVE IT!! I wouldn't skip it unless you have to! If you have an aisle with Mexican food and it has a cooler in the aisle, check for Cotija there.

  55. Hey, great minds…I just made this too, and on the stove-top! Your photos are great! I love the "table" and aqua is my favorite color. I was talking to a crafty friend of mine to make one for me. 🙂 I do like your recipes!

  56. ooooh! I love this! It's "the corn-man" in a bowl! I'm moving from a highly Latino area with a corn-man to an area that I don't think would take kindly to him. 🙁 I was thinking of how much I would miss him, but now I feel like I won't have to! My husband will love this. Thanks for the recipe!

    And now, I know I'm one of those people who isn't actually reviewing the recipe… Sorry all. I will, I promise!

    1. I guess I should finally review. Haha

      This is DELICIOUS. I got the cheese at the Mexican grocery store.

  57. I love this stuff. Thanks for the healthier recipe! Ever since my cousin's Mexican girlfriend made this for me a few years ago I haven't stopped thinking about it.