Elote Pasta Salad

I love all the flavors of Mexican street corn. My family loves pasta salad, so I decided to give it a try and combine the two… and boy, is this a winner! The smokiness of the chili powder and the sweetness of the corn is just the perfect combination.

Why you’ll love these elote bowl

  • If you love Mexican street corn like I do, you will LOVE this pasta salad. It’s filling enough for a meal, with all the goodness of fresh Elote!
  • The grilled corn. Oh my goodness, the grilled sweet corn. Charring the corn gives this dish just a little smokiness that really balances well with the chili powder.
  • It is the perfect summer pasta salad to eat as a side dish to your favorite grilled meal.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Grill – You need this to grill the corn. If you don’t have a grill, but you do have a gas stove, you can char the corn over your gas burner. I like to do this a day ahead. This allows for the corn to cool, and also makes assembling the salad on the day of much quicker and easier.
  • Tongs – To turn your corn on the grill.
  • Sauce Pan – This is for making your noodles.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – For measuring your ingredients, but I like to eyeball mine.
  • Spatula – a stiff spatula or spoon for stirring in all the ingredients.
  • Large Bowl – To mix everything up.
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Cooked pasta I used shells
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Grilled corn and cut off the cobb
  • Lime Juice
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Jalapeño diced
  • Fresh chopped Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese or queso fresco whichever you can find in the store
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make this Mexican street corn pasta salad recipe

Step 1. Grill corn and let cool. Cut the corn off the Cobb and put in a large bowl.

Step 2. Cook your pasta as directed.

Step 3. Finely dice jalapeños. If you want this dish to be spicier, leave the ribs and seeds. If you like it more mild, remove the ribs and seeds. Chop your cilantro, squeeze your lime and add to the bowl. Add your cooled pasta and cotija cheese. I like to buy a block and break it into rough chunks.

Step 4. Add your garlic, salt and chili powder. Stir until well combined.

Step 5. Garnish with corn, cotija and cilantro. Serve!

FAQs about high protein pasta salad recipes

How do you make a pasta salad high in protein?

You can use a high protein pasta, and add lean protein like chicken or shrimp.

Do chickpea noodles keep?

Chickpea noodles tend to breakdown faster than traditional pasta, so if you make a pasta salad with chickpea noodles, be sure to eat it within a day or two.

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Elote pasta salad

Delicious, sweet elote with a pasta salad twist.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 grill
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Large Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb cooked pasta I used shells
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ears corn grilled and cut off the cobb
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 jalapeño diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh cilantro more for garnish
  • 6 oz cotija cheese or queso fresco whichever you can find in the store
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Grill corn and let cool. Cut the corn off the Cobb and put in a large bowl.
  • Cook your pasta as directed.
  • Finely dice jalapeños. If you want this dish to be spicier, leave the ribs and seeds. If you like it more mild, remove the ribs and seeds. Chop your cilantro, squeeze your lime and add to the bowl. Add your cooled pasta and cotija cheese. I like to buy a block and break it into rough chunks.
  • Add your garlic, salt and chili powder. Stir until well combined.
  • Garnish with corn, cotija and cilantro. Serve!
Keyword elote pasta salad, Mexican street corn, mexican street corn pasta salad, pasta salad

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