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Mexican Street Corn Macaroni Salad

Mexican Street Corn Macaroni Salad

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  • Makes: 14 servings
  • Yield: 11 cups
  • Hands On 20 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr including chilling

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In Mexico, grilled corn comes coated in mayonnaise, lime, cheese and cilantro. We just added pasta, plus lots of green onion for bite. It's a macaroni salad that's anything but basic.


  • 6 ears fresh sweet corn, shucked and rinsed
  • 1 pound elbow or ditalini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • 1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled, plus more for garnish
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 -3 limes, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add corn; cook 4 minutes and remove with tongs. Drain on paper towels. Return water to a boil. Add pasta and cook beyond the al dente stage until slightly soft, about 12 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct cooking over medium heat (or heat a grill pan over medium heat). Brush corn with oil. Grill, covered (or tented with foil if cooking indoors), 6 to 8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, until corn is lightly charred. Remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes to cool. Cut kernels from cob.
  3. In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, the juice of two limes and the chipotle pepper. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Add drained pasta, corn kernels, cheese, green onions and cilantro; toss to combine. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Before serving, toss salad and taste for seasoning, adding extra lime juice, salt or pepper. Serve garnished with extra cheese.

Nutrition Facts

(Mexican Street Corn Macaroni Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 14, Niacin (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, vit. A (IU) 378, iron (mg) 1, vit. C (mg) 7, Fat, total (g) 25, chol. (mg) 25, cal. (kcal) 321, sugar (g) 3, Potassium (mg) 189, pro. (g) 6, calcium (mg) 107, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 2, sodium (mg) 518, Monounsaturated fat (g) 6, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 12, Folate (µg) 50, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 20

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