Corn Salad with Queso Fresco

Mexican salad with queso fresco
Mexican salad with queso fresco
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For the salad:
4 Ears of corn large, husked & rinsed
1 Red bell pepper large, seeded & small diced
1 Jalapeño pepper seeded & small diced
1 Red onion small, finely diced
8-10 oz Queso fresco cheese
1 Avocado large, pitted, peeled & cubed
Kosher Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground , to taste
For the cilantro lime vinaigrette:
⅓ cup Lime juice 2-3 juicy limes
¼ cup Rice vinegar
4 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Kosher Salt
2 tsp Sugar
1 cup Canola oil or vegetable
½ cup Cilantro stems removed

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Corn Salad with Queso Fresco


Corn Salad with Queso Fresco is a delicious Mexican inspired salad that I love to whip up for lunches any time I have a batch of queso fresco in my fridge. Queso fresco is a lovely light alternative to feta in salads and I think it tastes amazing paired with avocado, corn and jalapeno pepper in this recipe. 

Start by grilling the corn ears until they are nicely charred. As the corn is grilling, prepare the cilantro lime vinaigrette by blending lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and sugar in a food processor or blender. Add oil and cilantro. Assemble the salad by placing corn, peppers and onion in a large bowl. Crumble in the queso and add the cilantro lime dressing. Toss well to coat and add the avocado slices just before serving. 

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Steps to make Corn Salad with Queso Fresco


Grill corn


Grill 4 large ears of corn on a grill or grill pan for about 10-15 minutes over medium-high heat. Turn occasionally while cooking to prevent burning. Make sure the ears are nicely charred, but don't overcook them. Allow the corn ears to cool slightly.


Prepare dressing


While the corn cooks, blend ⅓ cup of lime juice, ¼ cup of rice vinegar, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of sugar in a food processor or blender. Pour in 1 cup of oil in a slow steady stream while the blender is running. Add ½ cup of cilantro and continue to blend until fully incorporated.


Assemble salad


Chop a large red bell pepper, the jalapeno pepper and red onion, and place in a large bowl. Cut the corn off each of the cobs and add it to the bowl. Toss the ingredients together gently.


Add queso fresco and dressing


Crumble in 8-10 ounces of queso fresco and add ½ of the cilantro lime vinaigrette. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



Toss in the avocado slices gently. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

This Corn Salad with Queso Fresco is a fresh and delicious salad. A perfect way to use up a batch of queso fresco. If you try it, make sure you tag #CookeMeRecipes in your insta pics!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 16
Anneliese Feigelson

Sooo sour cause of the lime but I kinda love it haha.

Mercy Abramson

Handsdown the most affordable and delicious salad you can make from home without much effort.

Antonella Renstrom

This was really good with some bread crumbs and quite filling.

Tiana Maschak

Absolutely delicious very satisfying salad i'm going to be making it a lot

Kelsie Wininger

Didn't bother to add any garlic didn't want it to have that flavour but it was great even without the garlic.

Aiyanna Nau

I eat this every morning before I head to the gym, it's super refreshing and quick to make.

Zayla Bendig

Great recipe thanks for sharing it with us i'm going to give it a 5 star :)

Finnley Lettman

It's kinda zesty cause of the lemon but I really enjoyed it.

Mayah Onusko

I feel healthier just looking at it, lol going to make it often.

Amaia Pottratz

My personal favorite queso fresco type thing on this website is this salad, it's very crunchy and delicious.

Britney Foy

Love this salad though I decided not to add any avocado to mine and just put some sundried tomatos that were soaked in oil instead.

Maren Lepre

Best salad I've ever made from home without a doubt.

Keila Mabary

Not as tasty as the panzenella salad but it's pretty good.

Nathalie Kaczkowski

This salad is so easy and delicious I'm in love with it for sure!

Pearl Capestany

Brought this to work for lunch and it was very filling, really good queso fresco salad.


I love it! So delicious!

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