Esquites Mexican Corn Salad
Esquites is the salad version of Mexican Street Corn (Elote) so it’s easier to eat and even more delicious (just when you didn’t think that was possible!). Esquites is tangy, salty, sweet, spicy, smoky, fresh, juicy, crunchy, light and creamy all at the same time AKA it’s an addicting rainbow of bright flavors and textures in every fiesta bite! This Mexican street corn salad recipe is made with charred, caramelized sweet corn, sweet red bell peppers, crunchy cucumbers, zesty red onions, juicy tomatoes, spicy jalapenos and zippy cilantro all enveloped in a light, creamy lime dressing with plenty of cotija cheese. You can use fresh or frozen corn and you can char the corn on the grill or stovetop for a year-round favorite Mexican Street Corn Salad. Esquites can be served warm, chilled, or at room temperature so it’s perfect for a backyard barbecue or prep-ahead potluck side.
Esquites isn’t quite as creamy once refrigerated so you don’t want to just combine the salad ingredients, refrigerate and serve. Instead, you have three options: