Street Corn Pasta Salad

Tender pasta, fresh corn, and red onions are tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce of mayonnaise, lime, cilantro, and cotija cheese to create this Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Holy WOW. I could not stop eating this pasta salad after I first tasted it. This is crazy good and every single person who tried it agreed. It’s THAT good.

My Mexican Street Corn obsession is borderline embarrassing, but I have no shame in my love of this flavor combination. This recipe is best with fresh corn.

You know that I just can’t get enough of the different street corn inspired recipes, right?

Fresh corn and tender potatoes are tossed in a creamy spicy sauce to create the Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad. It’s been a popular recipe all summer long.

Tender bites of chicken and fresh corn are coated with a creamy, spicy sauce of mayonnaise, lime, cilantro, and cotija cheese to make this flavorful Street Corn Chicken Salad.

Crunchy green cabbage, fresh corn, and red onions are tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce of mayonnaise, lime, cilantro, and cotija cheese to create this Mexican Street Corn Coleslaw.

You can serve these recipes with CarnitasFilthy Burgersgrilled chicken thighs, pretty much anything goes. There just isn’t a wrong way to serve street corn!

Now that it is fresh sweet corn season here in Ohio, all bets are off and if you see me eating raw sweet corn right off the ear – join me, or mind your own business. My husband wishes that last sentence was a joke but it isn’t.

I prefer to buy it freshly picked from one of the farm stands we have near us. Look for bright green husks and silks that aren’t brown and brittle. In our area some farmers even let you walk into the field and pick your own. Talk about fresh!

Elote Pasta Salad

Elote is the perfect dish to turn into a macaroni salad. I say that because elote at its base is corn on the cob, smothered in a seasoned mayonnaise. Macaroni salad is basically pasta with a mayonnaise dressing.

Lucky for all of us, elote pasta salad is much easier to eat, than traditional elote (a.k.a. corn on the cob). The mayonnaise-covered corn with seasoning and cheese is delicious, but a bit on the messy side. I love the dressing for this pasta salad, it is a combination of all the seasonings typically smeared on street corn.

The mayonnaise is the perfect carrier for chili powder, lime juice, Cotija cheese, and cilantro. Toss that together with fresh corn, pasta, and red onions for a taste of summer.

Street Corn Pasta Salad

The ingredients are pretty simple and easy to find. You likely have many of them already:

ditalini pasta or salad macaronifresh cornred onioncotija cheesefresh cilantro 

Dressing Ingredients

mayonnaiseCholula hot sauce fresh lime juicesugarkosher salt ground black pepper red chili powder

In a pinch (or in the winter) frozen or canned corn will work, the sweet crunch of fresh corn is simply amazing in this recipe.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. When the pasta is done, drain into a colander and rinse well with cold water to prevent any further cooking.In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, lime juice, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add the pasta, corn, and red onion. Toss with tongs or stir well to coat.Sprinkle with cotija and cilantro. Taste and adjust salt, if needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mexican Street Corn Recipes

The flavor of Mexican street corn has crept into many of my recipes. My overly honest critics, the kids, are thumbs up on anything that makes the most of street corn flavor combinations.

Elote Dip is made with roasted corn in a creamy sauce of spicy mayonnaise, lime, and cotija cheese. I’ve served this as both a snack with chips and as a side dish. Our guests almost always ask for the recipe.

Mexican Street Corn with Squash and Kielbasa brings all of the street corn flavors we love to this simple skillet meal. Kielbasa sausage is sauteed with sweet onions, fresh corn, and summer squash before being tossed with a really light street corn inspired sauce.

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Street Corn Pasta Salad

Tender pasta, fresh corn, and red onions are tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce of mayonnaise, lime, cilantro, and cotija cheese to create this Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 305kcal

Ingredients

8 ounces ditalini pasta or salad macaroni4 ears of corn, kernels removed about 4 cups¼ cup red onion finely chopped¼ cup cotija cheese crumbled sliced thin2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped small

Dressing Ingredients

¾ cup mayonnaise1-3 tablespoons Cholula hot sauce adjust to taste2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice about 1 large lime1 teaspoon sugar½-1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste¼ teaspoon ground red chili powder

Instructions

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. When the pasta is done, drain into a colander and rinse well with cold water to prevent any further cooking.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, lime juice, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add the pasta, corn, and red onion. Toss with tongs or stir well to coat.
Sprinkle with cotija and cilantro. Taste and adjust salt, if needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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