Let's be real, we all know that Mexican Street Corn, also known as Elote, is the superior way to eat corn! Traditionally, Elote is served on the cob, smothered in mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder (or tajin), and lime! It's sweet, fresh, rich, and packs a punch! I love elote so much, we served it at our wedding!! Let me tell you something, I am lazy. I had absolutely zero interest in grilling up the corn then cutting each kernel off just to throw it in a salad. If I was making a traditional Mexican Street Corn, I would have gone through all the motions. But here we are... we turned it into the perfect summer salad! You can have your elote and eat it too!
Ingredient Breakdown for Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Salad
Okay okay, don't come at me for using canned corn. This recipe would be even better with fresh corn right off the cob. BUT this recipe was designed to be quick, easy and accessible. Use whatever form of corn feels right to you. You're the boss, applesauce
Cotija cheese is great! If you can find it, use it! It has a similar (but drier) crumbly texture to feta cheese. You can substitute feta cheese for the cotija, just be aware it will be more tangy and less creamy than cotija!
Chili Powder or Tajin
Why does corn come out the other end still in tact? from Candice
You know what I'm talking about. We're all friends here- we can admit to taking a peek before flushing the toilet. Just a quick, curious looksy into the porcelain throne- is that weird? I don't care, sue me. We can all agree that corn often gets processed through our body and comes out looking exactly the same is at did when it went in. But why?
Corn has an outer shell composed of cellulose. Your body contains a ton of different enzymes that help break down food. Unfortunately, our bodies do not contain any enzymes that can break down cellulose, which the outside casing of corn is made of. Don't worry though- what you're seeing in the toilet is only the outer shell of a corn kernel. Our bodies are able to break down and absorb all the nutrients that are inside the corn. Aren't our bodies wild? To read more about undigested food in stool, click here!