Healthy Mexican Street Style Corn Salad Recipe

If you’ve ever had Mexican Street Style Corn, it’s probably the only way you’ll want to eat corn on the cob. It’s spicy, creamy and citrusy —all in one bite. This Healthy Mexican Street Style Corn Salad has all the flavor of the original without mayo and made with canned or frozen corn for a easy and delicious side.

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Mexican street style corn salad

Why You’ll Love This Healthy Street Style Corn Salad Recipe

Is Mexican Street Style Corn delicious? Absolutely. But who wants to eat corn on the cob in public? I get flashbacks to the days of braces and the feeling of having to floss immediately after.Corn on the cob just doesn’t make a great side, but corn salad does.

Especially, Mexican Street Style Corn Salad. It’s all that wonderful bursts of flavor without any of the inconvenience or thousand napkins.

Ingredients — Everything You Need to Make this Spicy Corn Salad Recipe

  • frozen roasted corn or canned corn
  • garlic
  • jalapeno pepper
  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • fresh limes
  • chili powder
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cotija cheese
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How to Make Healthy Mexican Corn Salad with Canned Corn and No Mayo

Most of the recipes I found incorporated mayonnaise, Mexican crema or sour cream,but this is summertime, and we don’t need the extra calories, so I skipped these which also means your salad can sit out comfortably without spoiling.

If using fresh corn, boil the ears of corn until the kernels are bright in color. About 10 minutes. If using frozen corn, heat according to directions on the package. You want the corn to be soft and warm to use.

I really like the Trader Joe’s frozen one because it’s roasted. You can also roast your fresh corn after it is cooked—it really gives it the additional flavor of Mexican Street Corn on the Cob, usually prepared on the grill.

Add corn to a medium bowl along with, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, 3/4 of the Cotija or Queso Fresco cheese , lime juice and chili powder and toss.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: Queso fresco is pretty similar to Cotija. You could also use feta.

Mexican street style corn salad

Mexican Street Style Corn Salad

This spicy and refreshing Mexican Street Style Corn Salad Recipe skips the mayo but not the flavor with canned or frozen corn for a quick and delicious side dish


  • 1 bag of frozen or canned corn
  • 1 garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 pz Cotija cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Defrost or open and drain your can of corn.
  • Chop all of the ingredients. Toss together. Add corn
  • Drizzle with olive oil and cotija cheese
  • Toss salad gently and serve with extra lime on the size.



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