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Spicy corn salad inspired by Mexican street food

Elote salad recipe

33w ago

If you don't know what "elote" is, it's basically a corn on the cob on a stick with plenty of fun stuff on it – like lime, chilli powder, cilantro, cheese and other toppings. The Mexican treat is usually eaten as street food.

Photo by Diego Lozano on Unsplash

Photo by Diego Lozano on Unsplash

I went to Mexico a long time ago and I remember a vendor selling his Elote in a red Solo cup. He mixed everything together instead of serving it on the cob. Recently I was craving an elote and I decided to make a sort of corn salad with elote toppings: it was one of the best things I've eaten since the start of the pandemic.

Mexican Elote Salad

Spicy Mexican corn salad

Prep time10min
Cook time10min
Total time20min


  • 6 corns on the cob
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 lime
  • Fresh coriander leaves (to taste)
  • Valentina Chile & Lime Powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chilli flakes
  • Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce)


  1. Boil your corn on the cob in "water that's salty like the sea" for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water until they are easy to handle without burning yourself. Use a bread knife to shave the nibs off the corn into a large bowl.
  2. Finely dice your tomato and shallots and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the zest and the juice of a lime
  4. Roughly chop your preferred amount of Coriander leaves and add to the bowl. (Some people might want to leave this out, some might want to put the whole plant in there; up to you)
  5. Add a generous amount of freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Add the mayo
  7. Choose how spicy you want your salad to be and add chilli flakes, Chile & Lime powder (can be found in Mexican grocery stores). If you want it a bit spicier, add a few drops of tabasco or of your favourite hot sauce.
  8. Mix everything together and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serve with a garnish of Coriander if it doesn't taste like soap for you.

Recipe by

Olivia L Daoust

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Chilli & Lime seasoning

Chilli & Lime seasoning

Let me know if you try this and if like me you have elote cravings!

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Comments (6)

  • I have never had elote but I do want to try it but this dish does sound very interesting.

      7 months ago
  • The corn vendor used to come around nearly every night I will give your recipe a try next time O make Tacos..

      7 months ago
  • This is a perfect addition to a summer day.

      7 months ago
  • I tried elote for the first time during quarantine as well, food truck had it at work, delish!

      7 months ago
  • If you build it ....

      7 months ago