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This lighter version of the classic Esquites Mexican street corn salad is made with low-fat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to save on calories without sacrificing flavor. Serve as an appetizer with corn chips or as a side dish for your next Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo celebration, or weekend barbecue. Get the recipe at JessicaLevinson.com | #vegetarian #glutenfree #corn #mexicancorn #recipemakeover #healthyrecipes #summerrecipes

Esquites {Mexican Street Corn Salad}

This lighter version of a classic Mexican street food is made with low-fat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to save on calories without sacrificing flavor. Serve as an appetizer with corn chips or as a side dish for your next Taco Tuesday.
Course Appetizer, Gluten-Free, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 78 kcal
Author Jessica Levinson

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray or oil for grill grates
  • 4 medium ears of corn, husks and silks removed (or 16 oz frozen)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese (or feta)

Instructions

  1. Spray grill grates with nonstick cooking spray or brush them with oil. Heat grill to 400° to 450° F.
  2. Place corn on the grill and cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes until evenly grilled and kernels are tender. Remove corn from the grill and set aside to rest until cool enough to handle.
  3. While corn is cooking and resting, whisk together yogurt, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and salt.
  4. Using a serrated knife, cut corn kernels off cob and place in a large bowl. Add scallions, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, and cheese to corn.Toss with yogurt sauce and season with more salt and chili powder if desired.

Recipe Notes

If using frozen corn, sauté in a small skillet instead of grilling.