Mexican Street Corn Chicken Pasta Salad

This super easy Mexican Street Corn Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect summer staple main dish or side dish recipe. Healthy, delicious, and full of flavor!

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This easy Mexican corn salad has all the good stuff I crave in a fresh Summer salad. Avocado, a spicy and tangy mayo dressing, tender pasta noodles, crisp spinach, and hearty shredded chicken.

I love recipes that serve multiple purposes. Like a jello salad that can be an appetizer or a dessert, or a chicken salad like this one that can be a side dish or a main entree.

I love to whip up this salad for backyard bbqs and family get togethers because it can feed a lot of people as a side dish, and it’s a total crowd pleaser, but it’s quick and easy enough that whenever I get a craving for it I don’t hesitate to make it for dinner on a busy weeknight.

Straight up it’s 100 percent amazing, but I love to turn this salad into a wrap or a sandwich for a little more oomph!

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So how do you make this salad?

EASY peasy.

Just throw together some fresh baby spinach, cooked pasta noodles (I usually use bowtie but feel free to sub any other short pasta noodle here), shredded chicken (YES, rotisserie chicken is perfect!), onions, cilantro, black beans, avocado, cotija or queso fresco cheese (I’ve used feta in a pinch too and it works great) and of course – grilled corn.

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If you aren’t grilling your corn on the cob, you aren’t living my friends. I discovered the magic of grilling corn a few years ago and have never looked back.

I think I’ve boiled corn ONE time in the past three years, no joke. And to answer that question I know you ‘ll have – no you do not need to boil the corn before putting it on the grill, the grill will cook it through.

How do you grill corn on the cob?

To grill your corn, just brush it with a bit of olive oil and season with salt to taste. Use tongs to place the cobs directly on the grill grates and rotate every 1-2 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Keep rotating like this until the kernels start to blacken, then remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before either serving immediately on the cob, or using a sharp knife to cut the kernels off of the cob.

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Bring all of that goodness together with an amazingly tasty, two-minute dressing with mayo, cayenne pepper, garlic, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss to combine, and serve.

Feel free to customize the salad by adding halved cherry tomatoes or by swapping out spinach for something like arugula – you can’t go wrong with this salad any way you make it!

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Mexican Street Corn Chicken Pasta Salad

This super easy Mexican Street Corn Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect summer staple main dish or side dish recipe. Healthy, delicious, and full of flavor!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups shredded chicken rotisserie chicken works well
  • 3 cups cooked bowtie pasta noodles or another short noodle
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or queso fresco cheese

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup light mayo
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. 

  2. Brush corn with oil and season with salt to taste. Grill over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, turning throughout, until kernels begin to char. Allow to cool slightly before using a sharp knife to cut kernels from the cobs. 

  3. In a large bowl combine spinach, chicken, pasta, grilled corn, avocados, cilantro, onions, and cheese. Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

To make ahead, combine salad ingredients, cover and chill. Cover and chill dressing also until ready to serve, then toss dressing and salad just before serving. 

Serves 8-10 as a side dish, 4-6 as a main dish served in a wrap or on a sandwich. 

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hey girl- this salad looks oh so yummy!

    Thank you! I hope you love it, Shawnna!

Delicious! Just made this salad for dinner and the whole family loved it! This will be a fAvorite summertime meal

    Yes! I am so happy to hear this Tammy! Happy summer to you and your family! 🙂

great salad, thank you, and as you write, perfect for bbq entertaining and nice and easy too, as you also wrote

This is really a great dish with simple recipe and quick process, I really like it

    So glad that you love it!

HELLO. I MUST TELL THAT THIS FOOD IS REALLY AWESOME. I LOVE IT AND MY FAMILY GIVE MUCH GOOD COMPLIMENT ABOUT THE RECIPE. THANK YOU

    So happy to hear that you and your family loved this salad! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Oh my! Delicious!

very much enjoyed the salad, I added 1/2 tsp of cumin to the dressing, it helped round out the flavor.

    Great idea, Gordon! Way to go. Thanks for sharing your idea!

Can I leave out the cheese?

    Yes- you could if that is your preference! Or switching it out for another kind would work, too.

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