Toasted Corn Salsa

One of my favorite summer vegetables is corn. I like it when it is a little charred, which really brings out a smoky and sweet flavor in the corn. This corn salsa is a healthier take on Elote Corn Salsa. It is bursting with tangy and fresh flavors yet it still has a subtle sweetness from the corn. This recipe is addicting and you can make it as healthy or as unhealthy as you’d like. When I make this for other people, I usually add in some Cotija cheese but when I make it just for my immediate family I like to skip the cheese and extra calories. The cheese adds a creaminess and saltiness to this dish but I would opt out if you want to keep this healthy. This corn salad tastes delicious topped on some fresh greens, on top of tacos or by itself!!

Yields: 5 servings


  • 3 cans of corn. You can use frozen/ fresh corn too if you’d like – about 4 or 5 cups of frozen/ fresh corn.
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Serrano/ Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 3 stalks of Green Onions
  • 1/2 a bunch of Cilantro
  • 4 tsp of Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp of Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of : salt, black pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder
  • optional: 1/2 cup of Cotija Cheese and 1/2 tsp of Red Chili Powder


  1. In a non stick skillet add in your corn with a little bit of your drained and rinsed corn and cook this on medium high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. While your corn is cooking, chop up all of your ingredients. You’ll want to finely dice all of your ingredients because no one wants a big chunk of onion in their salad! If you have a food processor then you can definitely use that here.
  3. Place your finely chopped Red Onion in a small bowl and add 1 tsp of salt and cover it with cold water. This will help the Red Onions lose their bite and will ensure that you can eat this salad the next day without the Red Onion overpowering everything. Let the onions soak in this for at least 10 minutes! I look to chop my onions first and let them sit in the water while I prep all of the other ingredients.
  4. Once your corn has developed some charred bits and has been crackling in the pan, take it out and allow it to cool.
  5. Drain and rinse your Red Onions and mix all of the ingredients together.
  6. If you are adding the grated Cotija Cheese, add it to the corn when they are straight out of the pan and hot. This will allow the cheese to melt and coat each kernel.

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