Grilled Corn Salad with Lime Mayo, Cilantro and Radishes

Grilled Corn Salad with Lime Mayo, Cilantro and Radishes

Grilling corn for this salad is really easy, but if you don’t have a grill (or grill pan), it’s not a problem: simply boil the ears of corn. Kristin advises not to use frozen kernels though, which tend to be less milky than corn freshly cut from the cob. I ended up halving this recipe as it makes quite a lot, and it worked beautifully, so if you have a smaller family or crowd you could go that route. And we found that while it’s certainly best eaten the day it’s made, the salad keeps just fine in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Recipe from: The Modern Potluck


8 medium to large ears of corn
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 4-6 limes)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (sweet or hot)
1/2 cup crumbled or shredded cotija cheese or queso blanco
8 medium radishes, halved and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
kosher salt


Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Pull back the corn husks but leave them attached; remove and discard all of the silks. Fold the husks back up over the corn. Grill the corn over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until the husks are well browned and black in spots and the corn is very hot, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the shallot with the lime juice and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in the mayonnaise and paprika.

Using a serrated knife, cut the corn from the cobs (you should have about 8 cups of kernels). Add the corn and the cheese to the dressing and toss. Within 1 hour of serving, add the radishes and cilantro, season with salt, and serve.

POTLUCK PREP. The salad without the radishes and cilantro can be made earlier in the day and refrigerated. It can stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours.