Thanks to a suggestion in the comments, I remembered I had this recipe bookmarked in my “To Try” list. I had every ingredient for this except the cilantro (because, hey, fresh herbs do not last that long) and exactly the right amount of ears of corn. Kismet! And I am so glad I had that reminder, because this was ridiculously good.
We ate this side dish alongside some simple black bean burritos, eating it as-is and also as a sort of warm “salsa” on the burrito. Both were extremely good. The sharp feta contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the warm caramelized corn, and the mayonnaise creates a creamy sauce that is to die for. The heat from the jalapeños and crushed red pepper flakes works well with the sweet corn and creamy feta and mayonnaise, bolstered by the bright, fresh cilantro, lime, and scallions. I will definitely be making this again the next time we receive corn in our CSA with no changes other than the fact that I want to double or even triple the recipe.
As an update, I just wanted to acknowledge that I made this dish again with ingredients from Week Four of the CSA. Because we were bringing it as a side dish to a friend’s house, I decided to serve it cold. And it was frickin’ delicious both room temperature and cold. I also added about half a cup of halved cherry tomatoes, which was a great addition that added both color and flavor.
Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)
From Serious Eats
2 tbs. vegetable oil
4 ears fresh corn, shucked, kernels removed
2 tbs. mayonnaise
2 oz. feta cheese, finely crumbled
1/2 cup scallion greens, finely sliced
1/2 cup cilantro greens, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and stemmed, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 lime, juiced
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat until shimmering. Add corn kernels and season to taste with salt. Toss once or twice and cook, without moving, until charred on one side, about 2 minutes.
Toss corn, stir, and cook, again without moving, until charred on second side, another 2 minutes. Continue tossing and charring until well charred all over, for a total of about 8-10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Taste for seasonings and adjust as necessary. Serve immediately.