Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) #SundaySupper #CincodeMayo

by Amy Kim on May 5, 2013 · 76 comments

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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.

Esquites

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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1 Jennifer Drummond May 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I love it!!! This is such a great recipe!!!!!

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2 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Thanks Jennifer!

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3 Cindy Kerschner May 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Nice way to serve the corn without messing with the cob!

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4 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Thanks Cindy! And yes, especially when the store doesn’t have any corn on the cob! :-)

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5 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Oh yes, a huge bowl of this for me! How could I´ve missed this my whole life?!

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6 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

It is SOOO good…and easy to make!

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7 Katie May 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Mmmm – this sounds absolutely amazing! I have never made a corn salad, but it sounds so fresh and wonderful!

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8 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Thanks Katie!

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9 Isabel Foodie May 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

What an awesome recipe Amy! I will be making this for my next get-together… your photography is outstanding!

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10 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Thanks Isabel!

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11 Jennie @themessybakerblog May 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Drooling over this salad. I think I’m going to have to make this today and pair it with my other Mexican inspired dishes. Yum!

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12 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Hey Jennie! When I first made this for myself, I swear I made it 3 days in a row. :-)

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13 Lauren Keating May 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I love elote, but have never seen the salad version… very cool! Do you think it would work with all yogurt/no mayo? (I have an irrational feat of mayo… I know…)

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14 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Maybe all yogurt and a bit of olive oil? Thanks for stopping by Lauren! :-)

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15 Juanita's Cocina May 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Yes, yes, yes! Always a great side dish!

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16 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

YES! :-)

And thanks for hosting Jen!

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17 BusyWorkingMama May 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Colorful and looks delicious! Nice side dish!

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18 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Thanks!

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19 Nicole Humphrey Cook May 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

So pretty! So delicious. I love this recipe!

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20 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Thanks Nicole! I love this week’s theme!

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21 Sarah R May 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I am all about the charred corn, and this salad looks like the perfect side for any party!

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22 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Perfect and easy!

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23 beate weiss-krull May 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Sounds like the perfect side, or lunch, or dinner :)

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24 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I can attest to that! I think I’ve even had it for breakfast!

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25 Lizzy Do May 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Wow! Such an incredible dish! I love corn salsa, corn pudding, corn on the cob AND corn salad. Yours sounds perfect!

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26 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Thanks Liz!

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27 Alice Choi May 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

OMG, Amy! I love this. . totally going to make this. . looks delicious and has everything I love. . the photos look beautiful!!!

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28 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thanks Alice! I think I need to make it again soon….

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29 Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks May 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

YUM! I always need side dishes when I make Mexican meals and this looks incredible!

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30 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thanks!

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31 Chef Di May 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

This is a perfect combination of flavors, and how beautiful! Thanks for the recipe, pinning now to try soon!!!

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32 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thanks Chef Di!

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33 Webicurean May 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

What a beautiful salad! I love corn, so I can’t wait to try this!

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34 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I hope you do!

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35 Renee Dobbs May 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You and I were on the same wavelength with today’s event. Go team corn!! And I will try your salad because it looks so great and nice kick from the jalapeno.

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36 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Yes, we are on the same wavelength! I love both elote and was happy to see this dish out there!

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37 Jennie @themessybakerblog May 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I made this for our Cinco de Mayo dinner tonight. It is so good. I will be making it again, for sure. Thanks!

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38 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

So awesome Jennie! I love getting feedback on my recipes!

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39 Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons May 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

This looks AMAZING. Pinning this!

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40 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Thanks Lori!

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41 Sue May 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I needed that history lesson! I didn’t know why people were
celebrating on twitter so much today. :D Very delicious looking salad! I love Mexican
food.

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42 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Hey Sue! I hope you try it soon!

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43 Nancy May 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

My brain hurts when I try to teach it stuff too. It would much rather talk about food, like this drool worthy corn salad. I love elote so I could probably et this entire salad by myself too. I love these pictures too, Ames – total gorgessity. You also win post of the day with your use of the word “gangbusters.”. Totally awesome.

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44 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

And a medal to you for inventing the word “gorgessity”! :-D

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45 Miss Kim @ behgopa May 6, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Oh this looks so yum! I’ve been eating Mexican all week! It looks good to eat by itself as a salad, but also looks like it would be good with some tortilla chips!

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46 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

It would be good with anything! ;-)

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47 Sissi_Withaglass.com May 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I am even more ignorant about Mexican cuisine than Korean cuisine, so I’m always happy to learn something new. (In Europe it is of course less known, but I did have some delicious Mexican dishes.). This salad sounds fabulous. It contains all the ingredients I love and, most of all, it is hot!

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48 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Well, there’s a lot of great recipes during this Sunday Supper! I hope you try some of these awesome recipes! I LOVE Mexican food so I am going nuts with all these great dishes…

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49 kimchi_mom May 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Thanks Kim!

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50 Jennifer Buggica May 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Oh my goodness, amazing. I need this!!

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51 Tara May 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I love this salad, absolutely perfect!!

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52 Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes May 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

This salad looks outstanding. I can almost taste the flavors that you’ve added, and you have introduced me to a new cheese! I am SO trying this recipe!

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53 Megan Wood May 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I think I love every single thing about this recipe! This is perfection in a bowl.

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