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Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad Recipe {Giveaway}

by Jeanette on April 7, 2014 · 73 Comments
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Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad © Jeanette's Healthy Living

It is finally getting warmer here in Connecticut and I cannot wait until we are in the 60’s consistently. Watching my son’s baseball games and catching up with fellow baseball moms, being outdoors more, and snatching up all the fresh produce that’s starting to pop up this time of year are a few of the things I’m looking forward to.

I made this Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad for our finale women’s Bible study last week. We have a tradition of having a little celebration at the end of each of our studies. I’m always trying to concoct something new for our gatherings, while keeping it on the healthier side.

Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad © Jeanette's Healthy Living

With the weather being so fickle (we actually had sleet and snow just the other day), I toyed with making a warm Mexican Corn Quinoa Casserole, but on the day of the party, the sun was shining and temperatures actually hit 60 degrees, so this salad was born.

The idea behind this salad comes from the Mexican street food called Esquites, which is served in little cups. It’s a mixture of boiled or sautéed corn, mayonnaise, Cojita cheese, cilantro and chili powder. Sometimes jalapeño peppers are added too. What I love about Esquites is the combination of sweet (from the corn), spicy (chili powder), and salty (Cojita cheese).

I find pan roasting the corn brings out the natural sugars and makes it taste even sweeter.

Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Let’s talk a little about the health benefits of corn – whole corn that is, not processed. I have to be honest – for years, I didn’t consider corn a healthy vegetable. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of The World’s Healthiest Foods a few years ago, that I started paying more attention to the unique nutritional profile that different fruits and vegetables have.

Here are a couple of fun facts about corn you might be interested in:

  • Corn is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. We need both kinds of fiber in our diets. Dietary fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower our risk of heart disease.
  • Corn contains two important carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin), which are relatives of vitamin A that support eye health and may have other disease-preventing properties.
  • Corn is a good source of B vitamins (folate, B1, B3, B5, B6) which are essential for energy production and making red blood cells

The important thing to remember here is to eat corn in its whole form.

Check out Kitchen Play, Sunshine Sweet Corn and their Pinterest Board for more sweet corn recipes. 


Enter the Pin Party for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card. All you have to do is leave me comment letting me know you’d like to be part of the Pin Party (be sure to include the email you use on your Pinterest account and your Pinterest name, e.g., Pinterest.com/name) and I’ll send you an invite to my Sweet Corn Love Pinterest Board so you can pin your favorite corn recipe to this board.  (Note: We need to be mutual followers in order for me to invite you, so please follow me on Pinterest if you don’t already).

One winner will be chosen randomly from all the entries. This giveaway runs until 11:59PM ET on 4/14/2014. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to US residents age 18 and older. This sweepstakes is sponsored by the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange in partnership with Kitchen PLAY. One prize of a $50 Visa gift card will be awarded randomly to one eligible entrant. To be eligible to win, reader must request to be added to the Sweet Corn Love Pinterest Board maintained by Jeanette’s Healthy Living), via the comments on this post. Once added to the group board, he/she must then add one pin featuring sweet corn to the group board during the sweepstakes period. This promotion begins at 9:00 AM ET on 04/07/2014 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 04/14/2014. Winner will be selected randomly on 04/15/2014  from all eligible entries and notified by email. Winner must provide shipping address within 48 hours of notification, at which time a new winner will be chosen randomly from all remaining eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on final number of eligible entries. Total value of prize is $50, and no cash will be awarded in exchange for the prize.

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Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad Recipe
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This makes a big batch. This recipe is on the milder side because I made it for a large crowd and wanted to make sure it had broad appeal. Spice things up even more with additional cayenne pepper or chili powder.
Serves: 25 as part of a buffet
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cojita cheese (feta or romano cheese would also work), crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 3 tablespoons scallions, minced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1½ teaspoon chili powder
  • a few dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Saute corn and garlic until corn has some brown spots (that's the caramelization that makes the corn even sweeter). Transfer to a large bowl and toss in the rest of the ingredients. Season to your liking with additional chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Kitchen PLAY in partnership with the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange for their “Put a Little Sweet in Your Step” event.

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  1. Yum! This looks totally fabulous! :) I would love to join the pin party, and my pinterest name is cupcakemufin.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Sara – just sent you an invite to pin to our Sweet Corn Love board. Thanks for participating – can’t wait to see what you pin!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Hi Sara – just sent you an email to invite you to our Pinterest pin party. Thanks and happy pinning!

  2. Cathy S. says:

    Please add me to your pin party. Pinterest name is themrsschiffman.

  3. This looks beautiful and sounds delicious!

  4. I love these big, fresh salads full of so many fusions and flavours!

  5. Margot C says:

    Marvelous, please invite me to your pin board. I assume that I should take a picture of what I make (sort of a duh question I guess) and put it on your board. Ok, we LOVE corn!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Hi Margot – I just sent you an invite to the Sweet Corn Pinterest Board. You can pin a picture of a corn recipe you make or pin any other fresh corn recipes to the board. Thanks for playing!

      • Margot C says:

        Hi Jeanette, thanks for the invitation, For some reason when I click on it it just takes me to a Pinterest log-in page (even though I’m already logged in), it hiccups then takes me to the main Pinterest page. This all happens really fast. When I found your corn board by searching I found that I was not on the list of participants. Maybe it’s a Mac thing, but it doesn’t work for me.

        • Jeanette Jeanette says:

          Hi Margot, I think you have to follow all my boards to join my group board. Let me know if you are still having trouble after you do that. Thanks for letting me know.

        • Jeanette Jeanette says:

          Hi Margot, I think we’ve got a solution – just sent you an email. Hope that works. Thanks!

  6. Alicia K says:

    i want to participate! pixystik4u at gmail dot com

  7. Great salad Jeanette! My kids love corn, and I think this would be a winner in our house. I’ll be cheering along with you at baseball games this spring :-)

  8. Wow! I am a HUGE fan of Quinoa. As many times as I have made it, I have not used this combo of flavors. Can wait to try!

  9. Jessie C. says:

    I would like to be part of the Pin Party
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  10. What a fantastic salad, great combination of flavors. love that you used quinoa in this.

  11. I just had this similar idea, but now I have the recipe too for summer! Thanks!

  12. I’d love an invite to your board. Corn is one of my favorite veggies!

  13. Great combination of flavors & textures – it looks terrific.

  14. So bright and sunshiney. I love this salad!

  15. I just pinned a few of your quinoa recipes, love all the different ways to enjoy quinoa!!! This salad would be perfect for my lunches, hearty, full of nutrients, and holy cats delicious! Hugs, Terra

  16. Yummy! Mexican is my favourite and I’m always looking for new ways to make quinoa since it’s so good for you!

    The Cheap Chef

  17. This looks great! I think we are going to try it for dinner tonight. I’ve been looking for a good recipe to get us to like quinoa. Hopefully this is it!
    Pinterest name is Roxygirli05 :-)

  18. Gorgeous salad, Jeanette! Love, love, love. Thank you for sharing. Pinning (of course)!

  19. Pam Gurganus says:

    I LOVE corn and I’d like to be part of the pin party! Thank you! :) pam_gurganus@yahoo.com

  20. I printed this recipe out yesterday and plan to make it soon! Thanks Jeannette!

  21. Lisa Brown says:

    i would love to be able to pin, send me an invite, please :)

  22. Thank you for the chance to win and for sharing this recipe with us.

    Please add me to the board, my email is neiddyruiz@gmail.com

  23. Sorry forgot the @ part!

  24. Hi Jeanette,
    Thank you for the invite. I’m loving the corn board.


  25. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    This looks yummy! please add me, thank you!
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  26. Thomas Murphy says:

    This recipe looks great. I would like to be added, thanks!
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  27. Carolsue says:

    I’d like to take part.
    Pinterest: @Cezovski9

  28. Would love to join the pin party. pinterest.com/okieinwa jodoobers@ gmail.com

  29. Email is same as here, user name is karengdel

  30. Christine Mayfield says:

    I would like to be a part of the pin party. My pinterest name is BeeBubbaBella

  31. Carolsue says:

    Why did you invite everybody but me?

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Hi Carolsue, so sorry it was an oversight. Please check your email – just sent you instructions. Happy pinning!

  32. We made this and loved it! Finally enjoyed quinoa. We did add chicken and ate it over squash (to meet our dietary needs).
    With make quinoa again and look forward to trying more recipes on your :-)

  33. Hi! Just a quick question. Is this a cold salad or warm?

  34. This dish looks so delicious and healthy! I love the ingredients and the flavors brought together here…thanks for sharing your recipe!

  35. I’m trying this out today for a family birthday party. It looks sooo yummy!

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