The fall table is the perfect setting for a Roasted Street Corn Elote salad. A favorite snack sold at street vendors and fairs, Elote is a traditional Mexican dish of flavored, roasted corn. This recipe brings the spicy, earthy flavor of this snack to the dinner table in this blend of veggies coated with a classic Mexican flavored sauce. Hearty enough to serve as a main dish, this can also accompany many fall plates as a side salad, and is a perfect snack to have on hand in your fridge.
What Exactly Will I need for Elote Salad?
The Elote salad brings together traditional Mexican flavors with an abundant mix of those fall veggies that are coming fresh off the vine at this time of year. The salad itself consists of corn, of course, red bell peppers, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, green onions, and black beans.
For the flavors you will be blending in olive oil, lime juice, Mexican Crema, ground cumin, kosher salt, chili powder, paprkia, and Cotija cheese. Both Mexican Crema and Cotija cheese are typically available at a general grocery store, however this might differ based on your region or the availability of items in your particular store.
Making Roasted Street Corn Elote Salad
The first key to making the Elote Salad is roasting your corn. Warm your grill to 400 degrees. Pull the husks off the corn and rub off any hairs. Lightly oil the corn with olive oil and place on the heated grill. Roast the corn for about 12-15 minutes, turning every 3-5 minutes. You want the kernels to start to brown, but not burn or char.
When the corn is done, remove from the grill and slice the kernels off the cob with a cooking knife. A serrated knife works well, but really any knife will do.
Dice the red pepper, jalapenos, and red onions and mix together in a bowl with the corn kernels.
In a different bowl mix the Crema, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and salt.
Stir the dressing into the vegetable mixture until everything is evenly coated. Once this is mixed in well, fold in the black beans and cilantro. Once you’ve mixed this, you can add more salt and/or lime juice to taste to your preference.
Now that this is all mixed in, stir in the crumbled Cotija cheese and sliced green onions. When everything is stirred in, sprinkle paprika over the top and garnish with diced avocado, if you like. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve, and enjoy!
How does Corn Impact your Diet?
Overall, corn has a healthy nutrient profile, most enjoyable to us having a high Vitamin C and Vitamin B1 content. It is also rich with fiber, which is good for the dietary tract.
That being said corn also has a high starch which can potentially spike blood sugar levels. In moderation corn falls onto the healthy side of eating, but it’s good to be aware of the high starch content, particularly if you do have dietary restrictions or any health conditions that may be impacted by this.
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Fire Up Fall with this Roasted Street Corn Elote Salad
Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Renove corn from the husk and brush with olive oil. Grill the corn turning it every 3 to 5 minutes until the kernels begin to get dark. About 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the grill and trim the kernels from the cob.
In a large bowl, place the corn kernels, diced red bell peppers, diced jalapeños, and diced red onions.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the Crema, lime juice, cumin, chili powder and salt until smooth. Add this mixture to the large bowl with the diced ingredients. Mix well.
Once well mixed, add the Black beans and cilantro to the mix and gently fold it in. Taste the mixture and adjust with extra salt or lime juice to make sure you have the flavor profile that you enjoy.
After you have the flavor that you prefer, add the crumbled Cotija cheese and sliced green onions to the top of the mixture and sprinkle the paprika over the top of the presentation. Refrigerate until ready to serve or serve fresh.
This dish is great as a side dish, but if you would like more substance to it feel free to add diced or sliced avocados, grilled shrimp, shredded chicken, or any other proteins you feel necessary.