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We are halfway through summer already, but one of the best parts is coming up, corn season! You can of course buy corn any time of the year, but during July and August, the corn is truly the best. My daughter loves corn on the cob and would seriously eat it for breakfast, so I will definitely be buying it even more than usual this year.
A few weeks ago my family and I were on vacation and had dinner at an upscale Mexican restaurant that had street corn on the menu. I ordered it to share and everyone loved it and were intrigued by the different flavors! If you aren’t familiar with Mexican street corn, it is corn on the cob, grilled and then slathered in mayo, cheese, lime juice and herbs. It is such a unique combo of flavors and is so good. I know that mayo on corn sounds crazy, but stick with me here, I promise it is delicious.
I wanted to recreate the restaurant meal at home, but in salad form so I could make it ahead and then serve cold from the fridge. I took the salad with us to a 4th of July picnic and everyone loved it and kept commenting on how good it was. I loved it too so I served it again for dinner with some grilled steaks and grilled garlic knots. I will seriously throw anything on the grill and was excited to try these Marketside Garlic Knots from Walmart.
To make these on the grill, just put on a grill safe pan lined with foil. Cook for 3 minutes, flip, cook for another 3 minutes until golden brown. Don’t forget to flip or they will get too cooked on the bottom. They were really good and my daughter kept laughing about the funny shape! I love when I can make my entire dinner on the grill. For some reason, clean up just seems to go so much smoother when you aren’t cooking indoors!
This salad has Mexican flavors, but they are all made with easily accessible Kraft ingredients. For the cheese, you can use the more authentic Cotija Cheese, but if you are having troubles finding it, Athenos Feta cheese is a great substitute. It is dry, crumbly, and salty, just like cotija. The base of the salad is made with a combination of Kraft Mayo and Sour Cream and then some fresh produce from Walmart. While the salad takes a couple steps since you have to grill and then chill the salad, it is easy and will definitely get rave reviews! Try this Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad next time you are looking to try something different, but delicious!
- 6 large ears of corn
- 1/3 cup Kraft Mayo (reduced fat is fine)
- 1/2 cup Kraft Sour Cream (reduced fat is fine)
- 8 oz. cotija or Athenos Feta Cheese
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro
- 1 tsp. salt
- Remove the outer husks from the corn and then grill over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Turn the corn frequently to prevent burning.
- When finished, remove the rest of the husks and then strip corn from the cobs.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the corn, mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and salt. Mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Right before serving, mix in the cheese and the cilantro. Taste and check for seasonings and add more if desired. Serve cold.
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