Closeup of a Mexican street corn salad in a glass bowl.
Mexican Street Corn Salad Is The Ideal Addition To Taco Night
By Heather Newman
Mexican street corn, or elote, is roasted corn coated in a creamy sauce with lime and pepper. You can bring these tasty elements into an easy salad that's perfect for taco night.
The salad, also known as esquites, consists of ripe flavors and a soft bite of acidity. Its brightness and tang offer a counterpoint to the richness of your taco fillings.
Taco night often ends up messy, and adding traditional elote to the mix only makes for more chaos. Serving this dish as a salad is one way to minimize mess.
Using a grill, you can char your corn before removing the kernels to add a smoky taste. If you're working in a kitchen, simply remove the corn kernels from the cob and cook them.
After they've caramelized for a bit, mix the corn with mayonnaise, cayenne powder, salt, garlic, and lemon juice. Top with cotija cheese and fresh cilantro.
Whether you're making rich, flavorful carnitas or chicken tinga, Mexican street corn salad helps balance some of the heavier aspects of your taco dinner.