Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites) Recipe

4 servings


20 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil

4 ears fresh corn, shucked, kernels removed (about 3 cups fresh corn kernels)

Kosher salt

2 ounces (60g) feta or Cotija cheese, finely crumbled

1/2 cup finely sliced scallions, green parts only

1/2 cup (1/2 ounce) fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and stemmed, finely chopped

1 to 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced on a Microplane grater (about 1 to 2 teaspoons)

2 tablespoons (30ml) mayonnaise

1 tablespoon (15ml) fresh juice from 1 lime

Chili powder or hot chili flakes, to taste


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat until shimmering. Add corn kernels, season to taste with salt, toss once or twice, and cook without moving until charred on one side, about 2 minutes. Toss corn, stir, and repeat until charred on second side, about 2 minutes longer. Continue tossing and charring until corn is well charred all over, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add cheese, scallions, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, mayonnaise, lime juice, and chile powder and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and more chile powder to taste. Serve immediately.


Serving Size

Serves 4


276 kcal

Total Fat

18 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



17 mg


361 mg

Total Carbohydrate

26 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

6 g


7 g

4 servings


20 minutes

total time
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