Mexican Street Corn Salad

To make this, you'll want to have all of your prep work done before you put your corn and shrimp, steak or chicken on the grill. The whole meal comes together quickly once you pull them off.
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 498kcal


Grilled Shrimp (optional - see recipe notes)

  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound medium or large shrimp peeled except for the tail and deveined

The Corn:

  • 4 ears sweet corn husks and silks removed
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

The Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lime about 1/4 cup
  • sea salt to taste

The Slaw:

  • 1/2 pound purple cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeƱo seeded and minced
  • 4 green onions finely chopped


  • 2 ounces cotija cheese crumbled
  • chopped cilantro optional
  • finely chopped green onions optional


  • Preheat grill and a grill pan (for shrimp) on medium-high.
  • Combine cilantro, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl; whisk in olive oil. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Rub ears of corn generously with cold butter (easier to coat the raw ears of corn evenly). Set aside.
  • Whisk first four dressing ingredients together (mayonnaise through lime juice) in a medium bowl; add salt to taste.
  • Mix all slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Add desired amount of dressing (save some to drizzle over corn) and toss to coat.
  • Grill corn for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender, turning a couple of times to char evenly.
  • At the same time, arrange shrimp in a single layer on preheated grill pan. Grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until shrimp are cooked through.
  • When done, remove corn and shrimp from grill. (Don't worry if they're not done at exactly the same time. This salad is great at room temperature.)
  • When corn is cool enough to handle, carefully cut kernels off with a sharp knife.
  • To serve: spread slaw evenly on a serving platter. Pile corn kernels in one area and grilled shrimp on another. Drizzle dressing over corn. Sprinkle crumbled cotija evenly over salad along with cilantro and green onions if desired. Serve.


If you're not a fan of grilled shrimp, serve this with Carne Asada or Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Kabobs or as-is for a satisfying vegetarian meal!


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 321mg | Sodium: 1392mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2555IU | Vitamin C: 103.9mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 3.7mg