Fresh Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

It's a fresh off-the-cob side dish that's sweet & smoky but also spicy & tangy for an off-the-hook flavor.

Originating from Mexico City, Mexican Corn Salad is a vibrant and flavor-packed vegetable dish. It’s a delightful medley of grilled corn, red bell pepper, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, and black beans, all brought together by a smoky and creamy dressing. The dressing’s tanginess is perfectly balanced by the refreshing lime juice.

This recipe yields an abundant amount of Mexican Corn Salad, making it an ideal choice for gatherings or potlucks. Plus, it keeps well in the refrigerator for several days, which is convenient considering the likelihood of leftovers.

Exploring the Versatility of Mexican Corn Salad

When it comes to making Mexican Corn Salad, you have a few options to consider. While fresh grilled corn yields the best flavor, you can still achieve great results with canned or frozen corn. If grilling isn’t your preference or you’re short on time, simply toast the canned or frozen corn on the stovetop with a touch of butter and garlic to enhance its taste.

Storing and Enjoying Mexican Corn Salad

To keep your Mexican Corn Salad fresh and flavorsome, ensure it is tightly covered with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container. Refrigerate the salad, and it should maintain its quality for 3-5 days. When you’re ready to indulge, a quick reheating in the microwave will suffice. If you have a surplus of this delightful dish, freezing it is an option too, allowing you to enjoy it for up to 3 months.

Unveiling the Origins of Corn Salad

Mexican Corn Salad should not be confused with Valerianella locusta, also known as common cornsalad or lamb’s lettuce. The dish we’re referring to traces its roots back to the native Americans of the Balsas River Valley, located in the south-central region of Mexico just below Mexico City. Around 9,000 years ago, these innovative indigenous communities were the pioneers in domesticating corn for sustenance, and they likely concocted the earliest versions of corn salad.

While the exact historical details of corn salad’s emergence remain largely unknown, the rich culinary traditions of the native Americans from the Balsas River Valley indicate that they were the first to transform corn into a delectable salad. Today, Mexican Corn Salad stands as a testament to the ancient culinary heritage of these early innovators and continues to captivate taste buds with its vibrant flavors.

Exploring the Vibrant Metropolis of Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, the capital and largest city of Mexico, stands as a bustling metropolis that boasts both historical significance and modern allure. As the most populous city in North America and one of Mexico’s 32 federal entities, it holds a prominent position as a cultural and financial hub, captivating visitors from around the globe.

Nestled in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a sprawling expanse within the central high plateaus of the country, Mexico City sits at an impressive altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft) above sea level. This geographical location adds to its unique charm and provides a stunning backdrop for the city’s iconic landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and diverse cultural offerings.

The city is divided into 16 demarcaciones territoriales, which serve as distinct subdivisions that locals often refer to colloquially. Each of these subdivisions contributes to the rich tapestry of Mexico City, with its own distinct character, historical sites, culinary delights, and vibrant communities. From the historic center, filled with ancient ruins and colonial-era buildings, to the trendy neighborhoods that brim with modern art galleries, hip eateries, and lively nightlife, Mexico City offers a multifaceted experience for every visitor.

With its remarkable blend of ancient traditions and contemporary influences, Mexico City stands tall as one of the world’s foremost cultural and financial centers. Its museums, theaters, and art galleries showcase the nation’s rich heritage, while its booming economy and bustling markets reflect its status as a global financial powerhouse. Mexico City’s vibrant energy, warm hospitality, and unparalleled cultural offerings make it a captivating destination for travelers seeking an immersive and unforgettable experience.

Unveiling the Tapestry of Time: A Brief History of Mexico City

Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, has a rich and complex history that spans thousands of years. The area where the city stands today has been inhabited since ancient times, with evidence of human presence dating back to around 12,000 BCE. The region was initially settled by various indigenous groups, including the Aztecs, who established the city of Tenochtitlan in 1325.

Tenochtitlan quickly grew into a major city and became the capital of the Aztec Empire. It was a marvel of urban planning, featuring intricate canal systems, impressive temples, and bustling markets. However, in 1519, the arrival of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés marked the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The Aztec Empire was eventually overthrown, and Tenochtitlan was destroyed.

The Spanish rebuilt the city on the ruins of Tenochtitlan and named it Mexico City. It became the capital of New Spain, a Spanish colony that encompassed much of present-day Mexico and parts of Central America. Mexico City grew rapidly under Spanish rule, with the construction of grand colonial buildings, churches, and palaces.

In the early 19th century, Mexico City became the center of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish rule. On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo, a priest from Dolores, issued the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), sparking a rebellion that ultimately led to Mexico’s independence in 1821.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Mexico City experienced significant political and social changes. It went through periods of political instability, including the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century, which resulted in the establishment of a more democratic government. The city grew rapidly in population and expanded geographically, facing challenges such as urbanization and infrastructure development.

Today, Mexico City is a vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis, known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse population, and architectural wonders. It continues to be the political, economic, and cultural heart of Mexico, showcasing a harmonious blend of ancient traditions and modern influences. The city’s historical sites, museums, art galleries, and lively street life offer visitors a glimpse into its fascinating past and vibrant present.

A Guide to Tourism in Mexico City

Mexico City, the vibrant capital of Mexico, beckons travelers with its captivating blend of history, culture, and contemporary allure. As one of the largest cities in the world, it offers a multitude of attractions and experiences that cater to a wide range of interests. History enthusiasts can explore the ancient ruins of the Templo Mayor or visit the iconic Metropolitan Cathedral, a magnificent architectural masterpiece.

The city is also home to numerous world-class museums, including the National Museum of Anthropology and the Frida Kahlo Museum, which showcase Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. From strolling through the charming neighborhoods of Coyoacán and Roma to indulging in the bustling street food scene, Mexico City promises a delightful journey for every traveler.

Culinary Delights of Mexico City

The culinary scene in Mexico City is a gastronomic paradise, enticing visitors with its diverse flavors and vibrant street food culture. From mouthwatering tacos and tamales to savory mole and enchiladas, the city’s cuisine reflects the rich culinary traditions of Mexico. Exploring the local markets, such as Mercado de la Merced or Mercado Roma, is a must for food enthusiasts, offering an array of fresh ingredients and traditional dishes.

For a taste of fine dining, Mexico City boasts numerous award-winning restaurants, some of which have been recognized on the world stage. From innovative Mexican fusion cuisine to authentic regional specialties, the city’s culinary landscape is a feast for the senses. Whether dining at a local taqueria or indulging in a gourmet culinary experience, Mexico City promises a gastronomic adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

Restaurante El Cardenal

C. de la Palma 23, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Restaurante El Cardenal
Restaurante El Cardenal

You have come to this house, to this table. It is your house and it is your table. On it you will see countless “Cinderellas” of Mexican popular national food parade; they have dressed in festive garments to be rediscovered by you. They are the fruit of the culture and ingenuity of our people. Before, you will have seen them in humble dwellings and in rich houses, in markets and in squares with their busy dresses or Sunday clothes.

When you try to recognize them, dear diner, do not do it with lasts that harm their dignity as sovereigns; you do not need almost the steel that with a profusion of shapes adorns other tables. Something simpler, smoother, and more delicate is enough for you, don’t you remember that we are made of corn?

Mastering the Art of Roasted Mexican Corn Salad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Before embarking on this delectable culinary journey, it is essential to gather all the necessary equipment and ingredients. Proper preparation ensures a smooth and enjoyable cooking experience, allowing you to create a roasted Mexican corn salad that tantalizes the taste buds.

To begin, ensure you have all the required equipment within reach. This includes a grill or stovetop pan for charring the corn, a sharp knife for cutting the vegetables, a mixing bowl for combining the ingredients and serving plates or bowls to present the final dish. Having these essential tools readily available will streamline the cooking process.

Equally important is gathering the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Seek out fresh ears of corn, red bell peppers, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, and black beans. These vibrant ingredients will contribute to the salad’s flavor and visual appeal. Additionally, have the necessary spices, seasonings, and lime juice at hand to create the perfect dressing.

By preparing your equipment and procuring the finest ingredients, you lay the foundation for a remarkable roasted Mexican corn salad. With everything in place, you can now dive into the recipe with confidence, knowing that your culinary adventure will result in a tantalizing and memorable dish.

Equipment You Will Need

  • Grill
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Skillet
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Spoon

For the Corn Salad

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 ears of corn
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 15 oz can black beans

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup queso fresco cheese

For the Garnish

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • queso fresco cheese

Time needed: 35 minutes

How to cook Mexican Corn Salad

  1. Grill the Corn on the Cobb

    Grill your corn then cut the kernels from the cobs. If you are not able to grill it, heat a large skillet and add olive oil. Then add the corn, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1 garlic clove (minced). Cook the corn kernels until you get a little bit of browning on them. Add corn to a large bowl.

  2. Chop the Vegetables

    Chop all of the veggies and cilantro. Then mince the garlic. Add to the bowl then add the black beans to the bowl.

  3. Mix the Dressing

    Mix the dressing ingredients together. Stir the dressing into the salad until well combined.

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Fresh Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

Mexican Corn Salad

Recipe Author | Captain Cook
This Mexican Corn Salad is a delicious side dish made from grilled corn and loaded with black beans and a few other add-ins. The dressing is creamy and a little smoky, with just the right amount of zing from the lime juice.

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 420 kcal



Corn Salad



  • Grill your corn then cut the kernels from the cobs. If you are not able to grill it, heat a large skillet and add olive oil. Then add the corn, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1 garlic clove (minced). Cook the corn kernels until you get a little bit of browning on them. Add corn to a large bowl.
    1 tbsp olive oil, 5 corn on the cob, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Chop all of the veggies and cilantro. Then mince the garlic. Add to the bowl.
    1 red bell pepper, ½ cup dried cilantro, ¼ cup red onion, 1 jalapeño pepper
  • Add the black beans to the bowl.
    1 can black beans
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together.
    2 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp sour cream, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, ½ cup queso fresco cheese
  • Stir the dressing into the salad until well combined.
  • Serve with your choice of garnishes.
    2 green onion, dried cilantro, avocados, queso fresco cheese


Calories: 420kcal
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  • By Gobierno CDMX – HJ2A4913, CC0,
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