Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad

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A favorite summer recipe, grilled corn on the cob amped up and turned into this light and healthy Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad. It’s an easy corn side dish that is perfect for BBQs or even taco night!

If you love grilled corn recipes as much as I do, you should also try my Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeno Sauce or this Grilled Corn Salad with Jalapeno Dressing.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad filled with cilantro, lime, peppers, and cheese in a bowl

Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad

Happy Birthday to me! 

Honestly, I’m just happy to be home!

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind! I went to Portland, OR this past weekend for an awesome blog retreat called Indulge! And believe me, everything about that weekend was “indulging.” If you are a foodie and looking for a place to go, Portland is your town. Not only did I “indulge” on food but had some great time with blog friends. I think thats my favorite part, I love meeting up hearing peoples stories and connecting with them on a heart level, thats not always the easiest to do on the internet! 

Side view of a wood bowl filled with Grilled Corn Salad filled with cilantro, lime, peppers, and queso fresco

After my Portland trip, I came back home for 24 hours and flew back out to West to Sacramento for a business trip with! I can’t wait to tell you more about that trip, let’s just say there was more eating involved from local organic farmers and some wine tasting. (yup… right up my alley) Then, less than 24 hours later I came back home!

Lots of travel, not a lot of down time. So… needless to say I’m glad to be home to be able to give my hubby a kiss and snuggle with my little guy! That IS the best birthday gift ever!

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad filled with cilantro, lime, peppers, and queso fresco in a bowl

This Corn Salad Has All My Favorite Mexican Flavors

Now, I know normally on someones birthday you give them a cake. And you know what, it would have been smart for me to make a cake or dessert to celebrate my birthday – but my mind has been in the clouds (literally) and so … no dessert for you!

Instead you are getting something better!

Something better than dessert you ask? What could that be?

Well, this Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad, that’s what! It has all of my favorite Tex-Mex flavors, incredibly light, healthy, and filled with mouthwatering flavor!

A bowl filled with grilled corn, cilantro, lime, peppers, and queso fresco and a wood bowl with all ingredients mixed together to make grilled corn salad

Grilled Sweet Corn Is One Of My Favorite Summer Foods

There is nothing quite like grilled sweet corn in the summer! Growing up in Wisconsin we use to eat this stuff all the time! It was “the thing” to get at the State Fair, well that and Cream Puffs. 🙂 The only hard thing about corn on the cob is the actual eating process. You know what I’m talking about!  Somehow one of those random little kernels manages to wedge its way in between one of your teeth and WILL NOT come out. So annoying. I decided to solve that problem with this salad!

This Grilled Corn Salad Is Perfect For Summer

It has the same great taste of grilled corn on the cob, and then some. I added smoked paprika (shocker.. hehe), chipotle chili powder for a little heat, piquillo peppers, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and a little queso fresco.

This salad will be the dish everyone is talking about at your next Summer BBQ.

This recipe serves a ton because, well, it will literally be gone in minutes so you need to make sure you have enough! Bon Appetite!

A big bowl of grilled corn salad with cheese, lime and peppers

A summer favorite, grilled corn on the cob amped up and turned into this light and healthy Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad filled with cilantro, lime, peppers, and queso fresco! The star of the party for sure! |

Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 4 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 16 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 20 mins
  • yield Yield: 16-20 servings 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican


A favorite summer recipe, grilled corn on the cob amped up and turned into this light and healthy Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad side dish!



  • 10 ears of corns, shucked
  • 3 Dellalo Brand roasted piquillo peppers, diced
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 34 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat grill to medium high heat or 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet corn on the grill and grill for 3-4 minutes per side until slightly charred.
  3. Remove from grill, using a knife cut kernels off the cob into a large bowl.
  4. To the corn bowl, add the piquillo peppers, fresh cilantro, queso fresco, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, sea salt, fresh lime juice, and olive oil.
  5. Toss to mix everything and serve!

Keywords: sweet corn salad, grilled corn salad, grilled corn salad recipe, corn salad recipe, mexican corn salad, vegetable side dish, corn side dish, recipe for corn side dish, corn side dish mexican


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28 Responses
    1. Krista

      sure, you could use roasted red peppers as well but the piquillo peppers should be right next to them in the grocery store

  1. Nutmeg Nanny

    Now THIS is a summer salad! It looks so fresh and packed full of flavor. Plus, who doesn’t love queso fresco…yum!

  2. Heather - Butter&Burlap

    Happy (belated) birthday! This salad is amazing in every sense of the word, I love all the flavors you put into this dish! All the spices make me miss my Texas roots. I’m definitely making this as a side dish this weekend!

    1. Krista

      Hurray for Texas! I love all the inspiration you can get from down here, so many tex mex flavors but also other international flavors! Its such a melting pot! 🙂

      Hope you enjoy this salad Heather!

  3. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Happy birthday beautiful!!! I hope you had a perfect day with your sweet little family!
    I am so jealous you got to go to indulge. That conference looked amazing! And so does this corn salad! 😉 Pinned!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Mariah! We did have a great day, very relaxing and finished with some good food! Plus my little guy slept in till 8:15am the next morning and THAT is a present in and of itself! Woot woot!

      Indulge was a blast you’ll definitely have to go next year, ChoppedCon is very similar to indulge in terms of “feel” of the conference! 🙂 Thanks for the pin sweet girl!

  4. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    I didn’t know you grew up in Wisconsin! I love this recipe and can’t wait for summer produce!

  5. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Happy Birthday! Those trips sound wonderful…I am just looking forward to my CSA starting this week, so I can get my hands on those farm fresh veggies!
    And I have to tell you, I love everything about this recipe! Once we have local corn, I’ll be making it. I love making corn salads…I could eat them all summer long!

    1. Krista

      The trips were great! Seriously loved them but I am so a homebody as well! hehe 🙂

      Fresh corn salads are the best!

  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    First off, Happy Birthday!! Secondly, this is seriously the best looking salad I have seen! I really, REALLY wish I had it right now!

  7. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    I make a very similar grilled corn salsa that we just love. There is something about grilling corn that just takes it to a whole new level. This looks great!

  8. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Happy happy birthday!!! So wish I could have joined all you ladies at Indulge but glad to hear you had a good time! And I like your style…no cake and a savory corn dish. I will gladly take this dish any night!

    1. Krista

      Thank you!!!

      I wish you could have come too, it was a blast! But I will for sure see ya at Chopped this year, had too much fun last year to not go again this year! 🙂

  9. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Happiest of birthdays to you my friend! I would TOTALLY be shoveling my face full of this grilly-corn goodness instead of cake on my birthday. That chili lime shenanigans is PERFECT.
    It was so fun hanging with you in Portland…have a great vacay! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      Well thank you sweet friend! Glad we are on the same page, no cake.. just corn salad! Woot Woot!

      It was so fun hanging out with you too, lots of fun roommate times! 🙂

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