Shrimp Street Corn Salad

March 23, 2018

This Shrimp Street Corn Salad combines the flavors of shrimp street tacos and street corn into one delicious, light salad entree.

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Are you looking to put a spin on Taco Tuesday or just want to recreate Mexican street food at home? You’re going to love this Shrimp Street Corn Salad! It combines two of my favorite Mexican street foods – street corn and street tacos. Since I’ve been making better food choices lately, I’m turning these street foods into a lighter, better-for-you salad version. Instead of taco shells, I’m using a crispy lettuce base. Then, shrimp will be swapped for chicken or beef. Mazola® Corn Oil is taking the place of olive oil to saute the shrimp and create a homemade salad dressing. What’s so great about Mazola® Corn Oil? A recent study has found that adding Mazola® Corn Oil to one’s diet resulted in lower cholesterol levels than Coconut Oil. A previous study found that corn oil can also help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about the study, see Mazola.com.

Let’s talk about Mexican street food for a minute. It’s just so much fun to eat! The only problem is that street food is often fried and served with heavy sauces and creams. Delicious? Yes. Good for you? Not so much. I’ve never been to Mexico, so I can’t compare authentic street food to the food recreated around here. But I live close to a Mexican restaurant that serves killer street tacos! They’re stuffed with meat or fried fish, cheese, and veggies. The tacos come served with rice, beans, sour cream, and guacamole.

I also can’t say much about authentic Mexican street corn. But during the summer, I love using fresh Jersey corn to make street corn on the grill! The corn gets brushed with oil, wrapped it in foil, and cooked on the grill. Then, it’s served slathered with sour cream, cheese, and some fresh cilantro. Not exactly the lighter fare I want to nosh on during the summer, but tasty nonetheless.



These days, I’m trying to make better food choices as a whole – less carbs, lighter protein options, more veggies in my diet. So I had to try making salad that combined some of the flavors and ingredients in street tacos and street corn. Since fresh corn is a little hard to come by during the winter, I’m using sweet canned corn in this salad. And even though I’m ditching that creamy street corn sauce, I’m still using a little crumbled cotija cheese to sprinkle on top. It’s a salty Mexican cheese that’s comparable to feta cheese. So if you can’t get your hands on cotija, feta would make a great alternative!

The homemade dressing I made for this salad starts with Mazola® Corn Oil. Mazola® Corn Oil is a great swap for extra virgin olive oil or olive oil! It’s an all-purpose cooking oil and a heart-healthy choice for your family that can be used in a variety of ways, like making homemade salad dressing! A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com. Mazola® Corn Oil also has a neutral taste that won’t overpower the flavor of the ingredients you use. Each ingredient in this dish will stand out on its own in every delicious bite!

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Shrimp Street Corn Salad

Ingredients

    For the dressing
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the salad
  • 1 lb. large uncooked shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 8.5 oz can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 tbsp. Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, to garnish
  • Cotija cheese, to garnish

Instructions

    For the dressing
  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
  3. For the salad
  4. Heat Mazola® Corn Oil in a medium pan over medium heat.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook until completely pink. Remove from pan.
  6. Add the corn to the skillet and cook until the kernels just start to get a golden brown edge. Remove from pan.
  7. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, pepper, onion, shrimp, and corn. Toss to combine.
  8. Pour dressing over salad and toss again.
  9. Garnish with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese, and serve.
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This salad is a fresh take on some of my favorite street food. It’s got a lot of color and crunch to satisfy as a lunch or dinner. It’s not too spicy either since the jalapenos are seeded before added to the dressing. All of the flavors in this entree salad blend perfectly together! It’s a simple salad with a lot of bold flavor!

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15 Comments

  • Reply kissmytulle March 23, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    I would eat the crap out of this.

    • Reply Jessica March 23, 2018 at 8:51 PM

      Oh, I totally did! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea March 23, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    This looks SO good!!! I feel like it’d be delish inside a tortilla too!

    • Reply Jessica March 23, 2018 at 9:02 PM

      Oh totally! The salad is a nice low carb option if you want to ditch the tortilla. But it would make a great filling for a soft flour tortilla!

  • Reply Miranda March 24, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    This looks delicious and healthy!

    • Reply Jessica March 24, 2018 at 8:27 PM

      Thank you! I’m definitely adding healthier options to our menu this time of year.

  • Reply Kendra March 26, 2018 at 12:25 AM

    My husband would love this salad. It would be great for summer.

    • Reply Jessica March 26, 2018 at 11:36 AM

      Yes! Thank you! I love a good salad in the summer!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Heath March 26, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    This would make such a refreshing lunch! It looks delicious

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