With a zippy lime vinaigrette and spicy crema, this Mexican Street Corn Salad is a twist on the classic street food, and an amazing Mexican salad recipe perfect for summer! Dive into bold, marinated shallots, creamy avocado, and crispy, fried tortillas, topped with cotija cheese for a flavorful dish today!
In a medium-sized bowl, add the sliced shallot, the juice of 1 whole lime, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Toss gently to coat and set aside to marinate.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the corn and cook until charred, around 6 minutes. Remove corn from pan and add remaining olive oil. Once hot, add one tortilla and fry until crisp, around 2 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining tortilla. Break tortillas into small pieces and set aside.
Make the vinaigrette and crema: drain the shallots over a small bowl, then transfer 1 tablespoon of the marinade to a second small bowl. To the 1 tablespoon marinade add the honey, olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside. Add the sour cream to the remaining marinade and add the cayenne pepper, starting with just half and increasing the heat to taste as needed. Set aside.
In a large serving bowl, add the lettuce, sprouts, marinated shallots, and tomatoes, followed by the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide the salad between plates and top with the tortilla pieces, avocado, charred corn, cotija cheese, and a hearty drizzle of crema. Top with a sprinkle of torn cilantro and serve immediately.