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grilled corn salad with tacos and a margarita? yes please.

I first made this corn salad last year after seeing it in Sunset magazine, and it’s been a hit every time.

I love corn on the cob, half the time I might say I’m a corn on the cob purist…it’s just so good the way it is. But there are just too many other good things to do with it! This salad is no exception.

I have one gripe about this recipe – the canned chipotle chile. Every time I’ve looked, they only have larger cans at the store. You only use 1 teaspoon for this recipe! I haven’t quite figured out what to do with the leftovers, or what else I could use as a substitution. If anyone has any ideas, let me know…

You can do a lot more with this salad. After serving it with a Taco Bar for lunch, I added leftover blacks beans. This addition might be the way I make this salad from now on.

Additionally, leftovers make an awesome scramble the next morning. (Thank you, Jordan, for being a genius).

leftover corn salad scrambled with eggs.

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
From Sunset
Serves 4-6


  • 3 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 poblano chile
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped canned chipotle chile
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup slivered sweet onion, rinsed, patted dry


  1. Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Rub corn and poblano with 1 tbsp. oil. Grill both, turning occasionally, until poblano is mostly blackened, 5 to 10 minutes, and some corn kernels have browned, 10 to 20 minutes. Let cool. NOTE: If you do not have a grill, cook corn in boiling water for 6 minutes, and let poblano blacken in a 450F oven.
  2. Cut corn kernels from cobs into a large bowl. Peel and seed poblano, cut into 1/2-in. pieces, and add to corn. In a small bowl, whisk remaining oil with lime juice, chipotle chile, and salt.
  3. Stir avocado, cilantro, and onion into corn mixture along with chipotle dressing.