Deluxe Mexican Street Corn Salad


This Deluxe Mexican Street Corn Salad is the perfect summer recipe when sweet corn is in season! Whether you cook the corn on the grill or in a skillet (or used frozen or canned corn), this easy Mexican corn salad is guaranteed to be a hit for all your summer gatherings.

This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser with the many different ways you can use it. Serve it as a salad, an appetizer with tortilla chips, sneak it into a quesadilla, or served as a side to an entree such as our Cajun Shrimp Skewers or Southwest Turkey Burgers. And the best part? It is super easy and quick to make!

This Corn Salad recipe is tangy, spicy, and delicious. If you love Mexican street corn on the cob then you will love this deluxe salad.

Deluxe Mexican Street Corn Salad

Carbohydrates 27g
Protein 7g
Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Fiber 7g
Calories 185
Servings 6 servings


  • 24 oz (approx. 4 ears) grilled or fire roasted corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 can (15oz) low sodium or no salt added black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 small red onion chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder


  • If using fresh corn on the cob, grill to your liking. Slice corn off the cob using a sharp knife.
  • In a large bowl, combine corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and cotija cheese. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour dressing over the salad. Stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately or place in fridge to let the flavors blend together. Stir before serving.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Keyword lunch, make ahead, meal prep, salads, sides
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Easy + healthy = Win Win!

Not only can this recipe be used in so many different ways, but I also love it because it is vegetarian, gluten free, and makes a great salad to share with everyone at a summertime cookout or tailgate. It is colorful, fresh, and super healthy! This simple salad has so many favorite ingredients all in one bowl.

  • Sweet corn
  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Spicy jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Cotija or queso cheese
  • Extra flavor from oil, garlic, chili powder, and salt/pepper

Prep Tips

  • Drain AND rinse the black beans. I recommend buying “no salt added” or “low sodium” canned beans and vegetables. Unfortunately, I have found at my local grocery stores “no salt added” or “low sodium” canned beans are hard to find. If you aren’t able to purchase “no salt added” or “low sodium”, rinsing the beans really well can help decrease some of the sodium content.
  • Fresh or frozen corn? I personally love to use fresh sweet corn in this salad during the summertime. I prefer to cook the corn prior to putting it in the salad for some extra natural sweetness, but you can also add it to the salad raw. I also grilled the corn to add some “grill flavor”, but you can boil or even microwave the corn if you prefer to have it cooked. Raw or cooked, cut the corn kernels off with a sharp knife. If corn is out of season, you can used frozen or drained/rinsed canned corn.
  • I use red onion because I love the pop of color, but sweet onion or green onion would work too.
  • Fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro really help boost the flavor in this salad. You can also use parsley, but the cilantro flavor really goes a long way!
  • Fearful of fats? Do not…I repeat do not skip the oil. Avocado or olive oil is a fantastic source of antioxidants and unsaturated healthy fats. Oil really helps add flavor to this salad and truly brings this recipe together.
  • I also add chili powder and jalapeno to this recipe for an added kick. If you don’t like heat you can omit the jalapeno.
  • Don’t forget the salt and pepper! Adding a small amount of salt can really help bring the flavors out!

Don’t forget to share!

Every single time I make this I get asked for the recipe. It is so fun to pass along a recipe favorite and make it your own!

This salad can be easily doubled, tripled, etc…so if you are feeding a crowd, go ahead and make a big batch because I guarantee it won’t last long!

This recipe also makes really good leftovers, as the flavors come out even more as it sits. I like to put it over a bed of lettuce and top it with grilled chicken for a hearty lunch or dinner. For gatherings, many people love to eat the salad with tortilla chips as an appetizer. It also is a great addition to a quesadilla, taco, or burger. The options are endless!

Don’t forget to share this Deluxe Mexican Street Corn Salad with your family and friends! It will become your favorite and theirs as soon the first bite is taken!


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