MEXICAN STREET CORN PASTA SALAD — All the flavors of Mexican street corn, including fresh grilled corn on the cob, come together in this colorful and delicious pasta salad.
If you’re planning an end-of-summer Labor Day barbecue (and even if you aren’t), I highly recommend putting this Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad on your menu.
It’s one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever tried, and it’s definitely going into the favorites file.
This is so good! I’ve made it twice now and it will be a regular dish in our home in the future. Thanks for the amazing recipe! ~ Tara
This salad is bursting with all the flavors of Mexican street corn–the grilled corn being the star ingredient. That’s what Mexican street corn is, after all–grilled corn topped with a zesty chile-lime spread and sprinkled with cheese.
It only takes about 10 minutes to grill the corn. So I beg of you, don’t take shortcuts and use the plain old, un-grilled variety.
Throw a few crunchy veggies, liked diced red pepper, and a creamy dressing into the mix and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
In fact, I recently served this pasta salad for company and it got rave reviews from my guests. And I love that it’s such a unique twist on the usual pasta salad, yet still filled with all the flavors of summer.
My husband is a pasta salad fanatic, and this is one of his favorites. Come to think of it, it’s also one of my favorites.
Wanted to tell you that I made this salad for a pot luck Labor Day picnic yesterday – BIG BIG hit. ~ Jen
If you’re looking for something new and delicious to take to a neighborhood potluck or backyard barbecue, I highly recommend this Street Corn Pasta Salad. Just be prepared to get lots of requests for the recipe!
Be sure to save this Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
Tips for Choosing and Storing Fresh Corn
Check the husk: It should be bright green, a little bit damp, and wrapped tightly around the cob. Small brown holes in the husk mean insects and should be avoided.
Also check the bottom of the corn where the ear was broken off the stalk. If this area is brown, the corn is probably not the freshest choice. If you can help it, don’t peel back the husk. This dries out the corn and shortens its shelf life.
Check the tassel: The corn silk sticking out at the top of the cob is the tassel. When choosing corn, the tassel should be light brown or gold, and slightly sticky to the touch.
The tassel should smell sweet with no signs of decay. Avoid corn that has a dry, black, or mushy tassel.
Storing: You can keep your corn on the counter if you’ll be using it that day. Otherwise, refrigerate the corn in the crisper with the husks on, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
- Produce: corn on the cob, red bell peppers, green onions, jalapeno, fresh cilantro
- Olive oil
- Cotija or feta cheese
- Spices: chili powder, salt and pepper
- Sour cream
- Lime juice
- 3-4 ears corn on the cob
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces rotini pasta
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2-3 tablespoons seeded, chopped jalapeno
- 1/2 cup Cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup mayonaisse
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Preheat outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
- Brush corn with olive oil. Grill, turning frequently, until lightly charred all over, 10-15 minutes; cool and cut corn from the cob.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cool water and drain.
- In a large bowl, combine pasta, grilled corn, red pepper, green onions, jalapeno, cheeses and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing.
- Stir dressing into pasta and corn mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 375mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
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