Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

This Esquites aka Mexican Street Corn Salad is the perfect side for your next BBQ! It has the best flavor from grilled corn, cilantro and cotija cheese. Easy to make and so delicious!

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This Esquites aka street corn salad is so addicting and delicious! It's slightly sweet and smoky from the grilled corn, salty from the cotija cheese and gets it's freshness from the cilantro and lime. 

If you're not familiar, Esquites is Mexican corn served off the cob and in a cup. Elotes is corn served on the cob. It's commonly called "street corn salad" here in the US.

It's a perfect addition to any spring or summer BBQ or picnic and is a perfect pair with pretty much any protein. This salad has been a hit every time I've served it, and it always disappears fast. 

It's easy enough to make a double or triple batch depending on the number of people you're feeding. You can also serve it in individual cups.

If you love this salad, then you'll want to give these Elote Fries a try! So tasty!

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Mexican Street Corn Salad
Yield 4 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
20 Min
Total time
20 Min

Mexican Street Corn Salad


  • 4 cups corn (about 6 ears, cut off the cob), broiled or grilled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ¼ cup Cotija, plus extra for garnish
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, plus extra for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together corn, mayonnaise, and sour cream.
  2. Add cotija, lime juice and zest, cilantro, chili powder, salt and garlic powder, mix well.
  3. Add to your favorite serving bowl, and then top with extra cotija, chili powder, and cilantro.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

Nutrition Facts




10.68 g

Sat. Fat

3.19 g


30.6 g


3.42 g

Net carbs

26.68 g


9.45 g


6.78 g


337.9 mg


14.83 mg

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