Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Ensalada de Elote Asado
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Corn, green onions, scallions, Tomatoes
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Grilled Corn Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 6, Episode 3 "A Queen in the Land of Gods"


  • 6 ears of corn
  • 10 scallions
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or more to taste
  • To taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

To Prepare

  • Pre-heat the grill to medium, or set a grill pan over medium heat. Once hot, brush with oil.
  • Cook the corn for about 20 minutes, flipping with tongs every once in a while. Also, cook the scallions for about 10 minutes, flipping occasionally as well. Remove both from the heat when charred, cooked and softened. Set aside.
  • Heat 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cook for 6 to 7 minutes until charred and softened. Remove from the heat, making sure to reserve the oil and tomato juices as well.
  • Shave the corn kernels off the cobs and place in salad bowl. Cut white and light green parts of the scallions into 1-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Add the mint, chives, vinegar, and the reserved oil and juices from the tomatoes. Mix well. Incorporate the tomatoes. Gently toss and serve.

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  1. Hi Pati,
    After watching your show, I made this tonight and served it with your Oxacan Chicken with Oregano and Garlic, plus sliced avocados on the side (to make a connection with you!) My husband looked at me lovingly and said, “No disrespect to your usual cooking, but this is the best meal you have ever made!” Thank you for sharing your culture, heritage, and recipes, Pati. You rock!

  2. We LOVE the grilled corn salad! I made it a few times already, lately adding fresh Persian cucumber as well, and it’s an ultimate favorite for us. Thank you for your wonderful recipes Pati!!

  3. Espero que mi esposa quiera hacer esta ensalada con el pollo conmigo esta noche. Vi este programa anoche con mi hija (tiene 4 anos y le encanta su programa) y sabia que tuve que prepararla. Combina ingredientes distintos y sabrosos con mucha cultura, y siempre disfruto los episodios. Gracias por lo que hace.

  4. Good salad. For a little change up, try peppadews in place of the tomatoes next time, but don’t saute them. They add a little more sweetness than the tomatoes.

  5. Thank you so much for the grilled corn salad recipe. I watched you prepare it on your show and it looked so delicious( I watched it twice)! I can’t wait to try it. I’ll let you know.
    Thank again,

  6. Easy to prepare this dish but tastes like you spent hours bringing out all the flavors! It was a big hit with the family.
    Muy Sabroso Pati!
    Thank you

  7. Pretty easy dish…very colorful and it unites grilled and fresh flavors well. Nothing left in the bowl…

  8. This came out beautifully! I decreased olive oil to 2tbs to save calories and added a clove of minced garlic to tomatoes during last two minutes of cooking. I also added about a cup of steamed green beans to the salad to round out the nutritional value. Yummy!

  9. Senora Pati,
    I saw this recipe on the PBS marathon this morning. My novio says “c’mon, we will be late for hiking!” But I just had to get this recipe so that I can make it tomorrow.

  10. This is insanely delicious! Thanks Pati! All the flavors come together with a sweet and savory combination happening with the carmelized corn, green onion, mint, vinegar, and tangy sauteed tomatoes. I was nervous the mint would be strong, but it blends with all ingredients perfectly. My family who does not, let’s say, “appreciate” veggies cleared the bowl! I used 8 ears of corn, and half a box of red tomoatoes. If you cut the corn off the cobb (I did 25 minutes on stove top in non-stick griddle), you can add it back to the pan for about 5 minutes or more if it I hasn’t cooked enough. Can’t wait to make this again!