Mexican-style Sweet Corn Salad


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two cups of Mexican-style corn salad

This year Cinco de Mayo may be different, but we can still celebrate at home by making our favorite tacos served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and all kinds of salsas. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, I’m all about antojitos mexicanos, and today’s corn salad is proof of that.

Ingredients to make esquites

Inspired by the delicious Mexican esquites, my warm sweet corn salad is made with fresh sweet corn, sautée in melted butter, and for an extra kick of flavor, I seasoned it with Knorr® Selects™ granulated bouillon.

a wooden spoon full of granulated bouillon

To dress the salad, I used Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise. Hellmann’s mayonnaise has always been a staple in my kitchen, not only because of its real taste but also because there’s less waste: it now comes in 100% recycled bottles!

Saving at Sedano’s

Ingredients to make Mexican-style sweet corn salad

As usual, I got all my ingredients in my neighborhood Sedano’s, my favorite grocery store where I can find Latin American ingredients at the best prices. You can preview Sedano’s Cinco de Mayo sales in their booklet at’s.

Sweet corn being cooked to make esquites

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What are esquites?

toppings for Mexican-style corn salad

Esquites are made of fresh corn, with chopped onions and minced garlic all cooked in melted butter and seasoned with chili peppers (serranos or poblanos), an herb called epazote, and a squeeze of lime juice.

a terracota mini bowl with dry red chili pepper

The cup is then topped with either crema mexicana or mayo, either queso fresco crumbles or grated cotija cheese (or both), chili pepper powder, and the cherry on top is a wedge of lime.

Fresh Corn vs. Frozen Corn

a bowl of esquites salad

I use fresh sweet corn on the cob because I can’t resist its freshness and on top of that, our Florida corn season is currently in full swing. However, this salad can be perfectly made with frozen corn.

Can esquites be made with canned sweet corn kernel?

Knorr bouillon, Hellman'ns mayonaise and two cups of corn salad

Technically, the answer is yes. However, I’m not sure that canned sweet corn kernels have the “personality” required for this flavorful recipe.

Tips to Make the Mexican-Style Sweet Corn Salad

two cups on mexican-style corn salad garnished with lime wedges and chili pepper
  • I prefer fresh corn on the cob
  • To get a delicious smoky flavor, char your corn cobs on the grill, or in a grilling cast iron pan, before slicing them.
  • Add a splash of olive oil, instead of only plain butter, to sauté the garlic, onion, and the corn kernels.
  • The spiciness is on you. No matter the chili pepper of your choice (serrano, poblano, or jalapeño), if you’re not so fond of the hot spicy food, take away the seeds and veins of your chilis.
  • While sautéing your corn kernels, season with Knorr Selects bouillon instead of salt.
  • For an extra layer of flavor, add some chipotles en adobo or a few drops of chipotle sauce to the mayonnaise and you’ll have a delicious chipotle mayo.
  • Can’t find epazote? I don’t blame you. So, no worries and use fresh cilantro instead.
  • Not a fan of cilantro? Skip it! This salad has so much personality itself that it’s equally tasteful and delicious.
a cup of esquites ready yo be eaten

Mexican-style Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

The following is my recipe. I hope you like it as much I do. Thank you for following my blog and subscribing to my YouTube channel.

cup of mexican-corn salad

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mexican-style sweet corn salad
5 from 19 votes

Mexican-style Sweet Corn Salad

In Mexico, they call this sweet corn salad "esquites". This is one of the most delicious street food you’ll ever try. It’s served as a snack in disposable cups and for that reason, it’s known as “Mexican street corn in a cup”. I like to call it “Mexico in a cup” and when you see the ingredients involved, you’ll agree with me.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 403kcal


  • 6 fresh corn cobs shelled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons jalapeño pepper deveined, seeded, and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Knorr® Selects™ granulated bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise
  • The juice of a lime
  • ½ cup queso fresco crumbs
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Hellmann's® Mayonnaise
  • Queso fresco crumbs
  • Powder chili pepper
  • Wedge limes


  • In a deep pan over medium heat, melt the butter with olive oil.
  • Add the garlic and onion, and sauté stirring occasionally until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the jalapeño, corn kernels, Knorr® Selects™ granulated bouillon, stir and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the water and stir. Cook uncovered for 5-8 more minutes until the water is mostly consumed.
  • Put the corn in a big mixing bowl, add the cheese crumbs, lime juice, mayo, and combine well.
  • Add the fresh cilantro and stir so it’s evenly distributed.
  • Serve in individual cups topped with more mayo, queso fresco crumbles, chili powder, and a wedge of lime.


Nutrition Facts
Mexican-style Sweet Corn Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 471mg13%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1031IU21%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salads, Side dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: esquites, Esquites recipe, how to make esquites, how to make Mexican corn salad, Mexican sweet corn salad, Mexican-style corn salad, mexican-style sweet corn salad recipe
Author: Enri

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