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Warm Mexican Corn Salad, also known as Esquites is a tangy and spicy salad that I love to have not as a side dish but as a light delicious meal. What I like about this salad that it is versatile in several ways.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Light Meal, Starter, Street Food
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2


  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels I used approx 3 cobs
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • ¼ cup feta cheese or cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seed powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tbsp oil


  • First of all peel the leaves off the cob, remove the silky threads and run a knife lengthwise to cut the corn kernels off the cob.
  • Peel and dice the onion.
  • Cut the tomatoes into halves, scoop out the pulp. Dice the tomatoes.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and stir to melt. Immediately add the corn kernel.
  • Add salt and mix well. Cover the pan and allow the corn to cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on tender the corn is. If using canned or precooked corn then the stir fry till it becomes hot.
  • Add paprika, pepper,cumin seed and red chilli powders. Mix well.
  • Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, onion and lemon/lime juice. Mix well.
  • Then add in the chopped coriander and feta cheese. Mix well.
  • If using sour cream or mayonnaise then mix that in.
  • Serve warm salad immedaitely with some extra sour cream and lemon wedge on the side.


  • Don't throw away the tomato pulp. Add it to dals, curries or soups.
  • Replace sour cream with mayonnaise if you prefer.
  • Don't overcook the corn as you don't want it to become hard and chewy.
  • If you don't get fresh corn, use frozen or canned.
  • The quantity of ingredients is a rough guideline for the recipe, use more or less of any ingredients you prefer.
  • Add chopped avocado, bell pepper.
  • I prefer adding a bit of oil as that prevents the butter from burning.
Keyword esquites recipe, mexican corn salad, warm corn salad recipe