This is our favorite Summer Salad, Elotes Salad or Mexican Street corn Salad with pineapple. It’s basically Mexican Street Corn that you can eat with a spoon rather than digging into a whole corn on the cob covered with Cotija, paprika etc…which can be a challenge, except that I have added some grilled pineapple.
This is a great salad to serve at your next Barbeque, or as we like to do, add it to Tacos and even pile it high on Burgers. So SO good!
It’s very simple, you start by grilling corn and fresh pineapple and once they are cooled you cut off the kernels carefully with a sharp knife, then toss together with the pineapple chunks in a simple dressing.
Prep time : 15 min
Cooking time : 10 min
Serves : 6
- 6 ears of Corn
- 1/3- 1/2 of a fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced thick-ish (see note*)
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 small red onion, peeled and chopped fine
- 1 small red chili pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
- ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (see note**)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro, more for on top
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup crème fraiche
- Juice of 1 lime, or more according to taste
- A few dashes of Tabasco ( or Franks hot sauce)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, more for on top
- Salt and pepper
Preheat (an outdoor) grill or grill pan to medium heat. Clean your corn if necessary and rub all over with a little oil. Place on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning every few minutes. Do the same with the Pineapple slices. Remove them once cooked from the grill and let them cool.
Meanwhile mix mayonnaise, crème fraiche, lime juice, tabasco and paprika together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Cut the kernels off the cob, and cut the pineapple slices into bite-size pieces
Get out a pretty bowl and combine everything… the corn, pineapple, onion, scallions, chili peppers, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and dressing. Reserve some cilantro and Cotija to sprinkle on top.
* Any left-over Pineapple is great grilled and then served with ice-cream as a dessert.
** If you can’t find Cotija, I think that Feta resembles it most, it has a similar texture and taste.
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