Elote Salad

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Elote Salad // A Cozy Kitchen

I’ve officially turned into one of those women who looooves going to Target. I honestly used to despise going there (it felt too errand-y), but two days ago I went for a very short list of things and then went INSANE! I had to use every ounce of self-control in my body not to spend like $500 on random shiz that I totally felt like I needed/wanted/needed. Throw back Lisa Frank folders were speaking to me. And I mean…the cosmetic section? Wha! Amazing, hello! Their Nate Berkus home stuff? Like, really really cute. And their bathing suits? Not too shabs at all.

Their summer stuff section made me so excited about 4th of July. I may have bought cute s’more skewers, two jumbo bags of marshmallows and a few boxes of graham crackers. Also am pretty stoked on the fact that I have this donut floaty in my possession right this very second. P.S. I should’ve bought a basketball pump because my cheeks hurt from trying to fill this dang thing with air.

Elote Salad // A Cozy Kitchen

I’m Palm Springs bound – it’s estimated to be a cool 115 degrees F today. Wish me luck! I feel like Palm Springs in the summer is like Arizona or Florida in the summer – kinda miserable and only tolerable if you’re just living in your bathing suit, sitting in the shade and/or air conditioning, doing absolutely nothing. I plan on doing just that. Cocktail, maybe a book, maybe watching The Sandlot (the 4th always makes me think of that movie), maybe some bbq-ing-watching…and this salad.

My favorite bbq food is stuff I can make a few hours ahead and then do absolutely nothing. I let other’s “man” the grill. I ain’t got time fo’ dat.

I looooove eloté also known as Mexican street corn. Traditionally eloté is cooked on a grill, charring the corn, and then topped with mayonnaise (enter: sad face), ancho chile powder, a few squeezes of lime and some more cheese.

Elote Salad // A Cozy Kitchen

I don’t mean to turn a simple dish into an annoying one but I sort of don’t like the mayonnaise part. It never does it for me. Instead I love a good créme fraîche‎. It’s tart, rich, creamy…just awesome.

Elote Salad // A Cozy Kitchen

For this salad I made a fun little dressing which included creme fraiche, lime juice, ancho chile powder, some salt and some cayenne, for a kick.

Some red onion, sliced serranos and cilantro give it a nice touch, too.

Oh and I love this trick! I’m not sure if you’re familiar. So, you know when you go to slice the corn off the cob and corn flies everywhere, all over your kitchen? I’m not sure where I picked this up from, but here’s a solution: flip a smaller bowl upside down and set it inside a bigger bowl. Steady the corn on top of the smaller bowl and slice the corn off the cob. All of the corn will fall into the bigger bowl rather than spewing all over your kitchen. Whenever I do this I feel so clever.

What are you doing for the fourth? What are you cooking? What are you drinking? Please spill.

Elote Salad // A Cozy Kitchen

Elote Salad

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Dressing:
1/4 cup créme fraîche
1 lime
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt

Salad:
5 ears of corn
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 serrano peppers (optional), thinly sliced
Salt
Handful of cilantro
2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile pepper

1. In a small bowl, mix together the créme fraîche, juice from the lime, ancho chile pepper, cayenne pepper and a few pinches of salt. Give it a taste test and adjust flavors according to your liking. Set aside. Note: I personally am obsessed with heat, so I added a few more pinches of cayenne.

2. Using your grill, char the corn on all sides, rotating every so often to ensure even charring. Alternatively, you could set the corn on the grates of your gas stove with the flame set to medium-high heat, rotating them every minute or so until charred on all sides.

3. Cut the corn off the cobs and transfer them to a bowl. (Or if you used my method pictured, you can simply take out the small bowl and voila! done!) Add the red onion, serrano peppers and a pinch of salt. Add the dressing and toss lightly, being sure the corn is evenly coated. Give it a taste test and add a bit more salt, cayenne pepper or ancho chile pepper, if you like. Garnish with a small handful of cilantro, queso fresco and a few dash of ancho chile pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 1 day.

Serves 4-6

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Cuisine July 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

What a recipe! It seems delicious!

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Cass @foodmyfriend July 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

OMG I can so totally relate to your target episode. I used to think it was so daggy but now its such a great place for bargains! This is the yummiest looking salad :)

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Jamie @lifelovelemons July 3, 2013 at 5:19 am

I feel your pain with Target… It’s so hard to go in there and not spend a week’s paycheck! Love this salad… never heard of it before, which means I definitely have to try it!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion July 3, 2013 at 5:21 am

Such a pretty salad!

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Monica July 3, 2013 at 5:30 am

I’m convince the bullseye logo is actually a way for them to hypnotize us going into the store and just buy everything in sight. I have to really try very, very hard to go in there and came out with one thing and not the entire store. (never works)

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Stella July 3, 2013 at 5:40 am

This salad SOUNDS delicious, but I can’t say it looks delicious since I still cannot see the pictures. You’ve got to help me out here. I keep reading your blog, but going crazy because I can’t see the pictures. I always read blogs while I’m at work (sshhhh… don’t tell) and my work computer keeps telling me I’m using an outdated version of internet explorer. Do you think that is the problem? Maybe I’ll try to read this from my ipad at home and see if I can see the pics. Although, reading blogs on my own time doesn’t sound near as fun as getting paid for it :)
Salad sounds great though…. and that little trick sounds very clever!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’d recommend updating Internet Explorer and see what happens. Also, you should be able to download Google Chrome for your PC. That should help tremendously. I’d recommend avoiding IE if you can. :/

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Jayne July 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I second that. Chrome is infinitely better for viewing websites that have the latest resolutions etc. Also, corn salad is gorgeous! All those charred bits made me really happy.

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Holly Henderson July 4, 2013 at 7:24 am

Stella, my browser at work is outdated also and I can’t see the pics. Unfortunately, you have to have “admin” privileges in order to update, so I am out of luck, as you are I suppose. Maybe read the blog at work and then look at pics when you get home? : p
I agree about the getting paid to read blogs part tho!

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Tieghan July 3, 2013 at 5:49 am

I love with this! The corn, the dressing, spices! It is all perfect!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 3, 2013 at 5:52 am

In LOVE. Girl you are all up in that corn salad. I’m drinking and letting everyone else do the cooking too, hell yeah

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Marie @ Little Kitchie July 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

I have a serious addiction to elote, especially in salad form like this. We even had it at our wedding, served in little mini martini glasses! LOOOOOVE the idea of using creme fraiche!!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks July 3, 2013 at 6:58 am

This. Is. So. Sexy.

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Rachel July 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

I have the Target50 Disease… it’s where I enter the store and every time without fail, $50 flies out of my pocket. :) Love this recipe!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

Oh I have that disease now!

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Jourdan July 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’ve been stalking your blog for a while now and have never posted. A) <3 it! Evertying you post makes me want to eat it and be your friend! B) This sounds especially lovely! I am a fan of lightening up my favorite recipes – I'm thinking of trying this with a drained fat free greek yogurt – can't wait!!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh you can do that too! The tang from the yogurt will be super nice.

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RLT July 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

My drug at Target is the white dishes aisle. Every size, shape, platter, plate, bowl, ahh, can’t have too many. For the 4th there has to be homemade ice cream with fresh strawberries, cole slaw and potato salad at a minimum. My husband’s grandmother loved the 4th and for her it was all about pies. Her specialty was grapefruit pie!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

Oooo grapefruit pie. That speaks to me.

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Tiffany K July 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Grapefruit pie…. Say what?!?!

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Ellie July 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

Oooh, I was in Palm Springs in February and it was incredible! You will love it! Salad sounds yummy!

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Nicolemeyer July 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yay! Have fun in Palm Springs! I was there a year ago today getting married(eloping). It was perfect. Hot as hades but all you need is a pool and a cocktail! Happy 4th!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

Eloping?! That’s awesome.

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Brenna July 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

My dad has used a bundt pan to cut corn off the cob for as long as I remember. He thinks he is pretty tricky, too.
PS Target = everything

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

Oh a bundt pan! Smart.

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Leah July 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

I just thought you might like to know that elote does not have an accent on it. However, I love elote and this recipe looks amazing!

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Adrianna Adarme July 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

Oh dang, you’re right. Thank you! All fixed!

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Stacey July 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

Love love love. Elote sounds so fancy… here in south TX they call the same thing “corn in a cup”. I much prefer elote!

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Bryan July 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

Great recipe… love grilled corn.

On a side topic, what are your must haves in a kitchen. I always find recipes, and note the fact I am missing some spice or ingredient. What are the must haves in your kitchen?

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Thelma July 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

Charred corn…. Mmmmmm!

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence July 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

Elote is one of my favorite Mexican street foods. This seems like a much cleaner way to enjoy it :)!

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Meredith July 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

The last time I went to Target I found these uh-maz-in’ lacey bras with no underwire that were on sale for $8. So I got a few, and then stood in line at the check-out, only to have this teenage boy sheepishly ring me up.

Hawhawhaw, I thought…I should’ve bought tampons tooooo!

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Noelle July 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

oooOOO this looks delicious! Here in Australia it has been 56 degress F most days.
you’re totally making me jealous talking about bathing suits and all things summer!
I miss summer. But at least i get to make some amazing soups :)
i will be definitely by making this salad when it starts to warm up here.

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Oh Target. It’s so infectious. In a good way :D

Love grilled corn and this looks so delish!

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jeri July 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

In my NYC neighborhood, I can walk a few blocks and get authentic Mexican street corn cooked on a make-shift grill in a shopping cart. I’m pretty sure they’re not licensed, but they’re someone’s Abuela, their food is wonderful, and I trust them completely. A few blocks in the other direction is Target and all things new and shiny. Life is good.

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Adrienne July 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

Oh man, made this for the fourth yesterday and it was a huge hit! We did it with Vietnamese short ribs and a warm german potato salad (we like everyone’s home country to be represented :-) ) I made it with a mexican crema/sour cream mix because there was no creme fraiche at my local market.

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Kasey July 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

Yeah, I stopped going to Target and started buying everything on Amazon because every time I went, I’d walk out with like 4 Essie nail polishes, 12 different hand soaps, and random pillows and candles. Ha. There is so much corn around, and I can’t wait to try this salad!

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Adrianna Adarme July 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

That day I bought 5 Essie Nail Polishes and didn’t bother adding up the prices in my head and was like $50 on nail polish, why Adrianna, why?!?!

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