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Healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad

For a lettuce-less salad that hits the spot, Healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad is the perfect recipe. Great for a crowd and made with bell pepper, cotija cheese, and more!

Prep: 20Cook: 10Total: 30 minutes
Yield 10 1/2 cup servings 1x


  • 4 cups corn, can be fresh or frozen (I’ve used canned and on the cob – if frozen, thaw first)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced small
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large lime, juiced (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup crumbled cotija cheese + more for sprinkling on top


  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat with avocado oil. Once hot, add corn in. You want to char your corn slightly so it has a roasted flavor and some brown bits. This will take about 4-6 minutes, toss occasionally.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and let cool.
  3. Prepare the rest of your veggies (peppers, onion, and cilantro) by chopping. Once chopped, add them to the bowl with the corn.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, lime juice, salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika. Stir in cheese.
  5. Add yogurt sauce to bowl and stir to combine everything well.
  6. Top with more cheese and cilantro.
  7. Store in fridge for up to five days.
Author: ErinCategory: appetizer, dip, holiday, snackMethod: no-bakeCuisine: MexicanDiet: Gluten Free