Holidays Meatless Mexican Quick Meals Salads

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

Tangy, smoky, spicy, bright, and just a touch of creaminess from the avocado……….what more could you want in a side dish?

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

Need a great side dish for your next BBQ?  I have you covered!!  This Spicy Grilled Corn Salad combines all the things I love about summer, into one dish that is bursting with flavor.    The peppers definitely give it a kick.  Serve it by itself, or toss it into a big bowl of leafy greens.  Either way, you’ll be coming back for seconds!

  • Author: Leora Ellingson


Olive oil

3 ears of corn

2 avocados, cut into large chunks

5 scallions, white and green parts sliced on the diagonal

½ bunch of cilantro, chopped

12 serrano chile, diced, depending on your preference

1/3 cup pepitas

1/3 cup Cotija cheese


¼ cup lime juice

2 T honey

½ T sriracha

2 T olive oil

Salt and pepper


Heat olive oil in a large grill pan on medium high heat.  Add the ears of corn and grill; rotating them so they get nice charring on each side. (You can also do this on your outdoor gas grill).  Remove and set aside to cool.  When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off the cob. 

Add the kernels of corn, avocado chunks, scallions, cilantro, serrano, pepitas, and cotija cheese to a large bowl and toss gently to combine.  In a separate bowl, combine the vinaigrette ingredients and whisk vigorously to combine.  Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and gently fold it.  Sprinkle with additional cilantro  and serve.


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