Pati Jinich grilled corn salad


Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Ensalada de Elote Asado

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.50 from 6 votes


  • 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.


37comments inGrilled Corn Salad

  1. Stephanie Marcotte

    Aug 27

    Dear Pati,
    This is a fabulous recipe and my guests just loved it! It’s a wonderful make-ahead dish for a party served chilled. Will definitely be making it again! Thank you for your engaging show and your kind heart.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Thanks to you for following and for the kind words Stephanie!

  2. Maria Radesco

    Sep 01

    Hi Patti:
    Love your show and all the recipes you make. Most of all I love when you visit Mexico and show us the culture and traditions of Mexico. You have such a bubbly personality which makes your show so enjoyable. Thanks for sharing

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Thanks to you for following Maria, un abrazo!

  3. Yvonne Berlanga Shevchuk

    Jun 12

    This was so fresh and delicious! We forgot to get the tomatoes so I used some of the leftover marinade from the Oaxacan oregano chicken to dress it with the red vinegar.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 16

      Mmmm, great idea Yvonne, thanks for sharing!

  4. Bobbi Bosworth

    Feb 17


    This was delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 18

      Glad you liked it Bobbi!

  5. Suzanne

    Sep 20

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Aw, you guys are so sweet! So glad you are enjoying my recipes Suzanne. Keep cooking and having fun 😉

  6. Renata

    Jun 23

    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!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      Thanks to you for trying them Renata and for giving them you own twist!

  7. Pati Jinich

    Jul 22

    That’s great that you made the recipe your own, Laura. Thanks for giving it a try!

  8. Anonymous

    Oct 10

    I love the grilled corn salad. I just prepared for lunch and we loved it. Plato limpio !

    1. Pati

      Oct 17


  9. Benny

    Oct 10

    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.

    1. Pati

      Oct 18

      Uy mil gracias, Benny!

  10. Joseph Condon

    Aug 04

    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.

    1. Pati

      Aug 06

      So glad you are making this recipe your own, Joseph!

  11. Fran

    Jul 24

    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,

    1. Pati

      Jul 25

      Hope you love it, Fran!

  12. Mario

    Jun 03

    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

    1. Pati

      Jun 05

      Yay!! So glad it was a big hit, Mario.

  13. Bernie Kitts

    May 23

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

    1. Pati

      May 23

      Love to hear that nothing is left in the bowl 🙂

  14. Joanna

    Apr 03

    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!

    1. Pati

      Apr 03

      I’m so glad you made it your own and enjoyed it, Joanna!

  15. Kim

    Jan 10

    Can’t wait to make this looks so delicious

    1. Pati

      Jan 11


  16. Martha Munguia

    Oct 19

    loved the salad and it went great with the oregano garlic chicken!

    1. Pati

      Oct 20


  17. Charity Zalasar

    Oct 14

    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.

    1. Pati

      Oct 20

      Hahaha! I hope you and your novio enjoyed the salad…and the hike :).

  18. Anita

    Oct 12

    ¡Sabroso y fácil!

    1. Pati

      Oct 12

      Mil gracias Anita!

  19. Jaclyn

    Sep 25

    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!

    1. Pati

      Sep 25

      So happy your whole family loved it!

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