Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) #SundaySupper #CincodeMayo

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Serve up the margaritas and cervezas because we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo for Sunday Supper today hosted by Jen of Juanita’s Kitchen!

What is the significance of Cinco de Mayo? In Spanish, Cinco de Mayo means “Fifth of May”. May 5, 1862 was the day when the outnumbered Mexican army defeated a better equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla. It was also the first time a country in the Americas was invaded by a European military force. Today in the States, Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexican Independence Day which is observed on September 16.

Okay, enough of History 101; my brain is starting to hurt. Let’s talk food! I am bringing a recipe for one of my favorite salads for Sunday Supper. If you’ve ever had elote, esquites is the salad version of it. And if you haven’t tried elote, then you are totally missing out.

This recipes yields enough for 4-5 servings, but I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. Seriously.

Notes: If you want to mellow out the heat of the jalapeno, saute it with the corn, otherwise go gangbusters and have a hot little party in your mouth! If you can’t find cotija, subsitute parmesan.


Olive oil
1 pound package of frozen corn kernels
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt or sour cream
2 Tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
2 stalks green onions, thinly sliced crosswise
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice of half a lime
2-3 ounces of cotija cheese, crumbled or grated

1 – In a large heavy skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and corn. Sauté until heated through and the corn starts to char.

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2 –  In a large bowl, mix together the corn, mayonnaise, yogurt (or sour cream), cilantro, green onions, pepper, cayenne, and lime juice. Mix until thoroughly combined.

3 – To serve, top with the cheese.

4 – Best served warm or at room temperature.

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Make sure you check out the other #SundaySupper participants to see what they have shared for our Cinco de Mayo #SundaySupper!

Cinco de Mayo Appetizers & Sides {Aperitivos}:

Cinco de Mayo Main Dishes {Platos Principales}:

Cinco de Mayo Desserts {Postres}:

Cinco de Mayo Drinks {Bebidas}:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

Do you have your ticket to the Food and Wine Conference yet? If not, there will be a $100 discount available on the full conference pass today if you participate in the #SundaySupper twitter chat from 7 to 8pm Eastern Time, and purchase your ticket during the chat. The discount code is: SundaySupper.  *Note the code is only valid during the chat time frame.



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