i first heard of elote a few months ago when someone was selling it at a street fair. though highly recommended, i couldn’t get past the idea of corn drenched in warm dripping mayonnaise. i opted for a delicious cone of salted ice cream with caramel ribbons from salt and straw. i do not regret my decision but i’m glad i made this salad.
this salad was my compromise as gobs of mayonnaise seem appropriate in cold salad and lose their taboo. the chili, lime, and queso that make up elote are all here, just in cold perfect-for-an-85-degree-day salad. the other bonus here is you can throw in tomato, radish, zucchini, or chunks of avocado to get your serving of vegetables and not just a heap of starchy (but delicious) corn.
4 ears corn
just under 1/4 cup mayonnaise
just under 1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/8 cup lime juice from 1 large lime
1/8 cup cojita cheese
if you have a grill, roast ears of corn until charred. if not, or you don’t feel like heating coals just for this, boil the corn until tender and set aside to cool.
while corn is cooling, make the dressing. mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, and spices. taste and adjust. it may need more salt or cayenne.
at this point, peel corn and cut off the kernels, trying to get most of them in the bowl and not the floor or messy counter. if you boiled your corn, place it in a skillet on high heat and stir often until corn becomes charred.
mix together corn, dressing, and cojita. this salad is delicious warm but i thought warm food was crazy talk on such a warm day so i sucked it up and waited an hour or two till it was chilled all the way through.
*note: i called for “just under” a 1/4 cup of the sour cream and mayonnaise because i was left with a little bit of dressing afterwards. if you tend to like salads with more dressing, or are planning on adding bulk in the form of vegetables, go with the full 1/4 cup of these ingredients.