Spicy Mexican Cucumber and Corn Salad

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Mexico with this refreshing and spicy Mexican Cucumber and Corn Salad. This dish perfectly embodies the essence of Mexican cuisine, combining the crispness of fresh cucumbers with the sweetness of corn, all brought together with a tangy and creamy dressing. It’s an ideal salad for summer barbecues, potlucks, or as a delightful side to complement any Mexican-inspired meal. The inclusion of cotija cheese and a hint of chili powder adds an authentic touch, making this salad not just a treat for the palate but also a feast for the eyes.

Ingredients

  • 6 mini thin cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 cup corn, frozen and thawed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Salad Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, thawed corn, chopped cilantro, and finely chopped red onion.
  2. Create the Dressing: In a separate small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, lime zest, and lime juice. Add the mayonnaise and sour cream, stirring until you have a smooth and creamy dressing. Season the dressing with chili powder and sea salt to taste.
  3. Combine and Mix: Pour the dressing over the cucumber and corn mixture. Gently toss everything together, ensuring the salad is evenly coated with the dressing.
  4. Chill and Marinate: For the best flavor, cover the salad and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. This allows the flavors to meld and the salad to chill thoroughly.
  5. Serve: Once chilled, give the salad a gentle stir. Sprinkle with crumbled cotija cheese right before serving.
  6. Garnish: If desired, add a little extra chopped cilantro on top for garnish.

This Mexican Cucumber and Corn Salad is a wonderfully light yet flavorful dish, offering a blend of textures and tastes that are sure to delight. Its creamy, zesty dressing and the crunch of fresh vegetables make it a perfect side dish for those who love a bit of spice and a lot of freshness in their meals.

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