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Seasonal Sweet Corn Elote

Summer corn has made its grand entry, and just in time for the first official day of Summer! To me, the sight of these husks is permission to unleash all the warm-weather dishes. There are just so many ways to use it. Something I really enjoy is finding inspiration from eating out or traveling, especially in the summertime, and this recipe was no exception.

Every time I’m at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, there’s never not a line in front of Paul’s Sweet Corn. I constantly see people people with their cups of creamy corn in hand, snacking while they shop.  This past Saturday, I finally had to see what all the fuss was about and ordered a cup of elote- as traditional as it comes. I watched the nice man load up my cup with butter, mayo, parmesan cheese (no wonder this stuff is good), and then he told me to add lime juice, season salt, and lemon pepper myself. The sweet corn got nice and cozy with the rich, tangy, salty flavors of the add-ins, and I was instantly a believer. Good thing there was a mound of fresh sweet corn at a vendor right next door…

Sweet Summer Corn Elote

You probably know by now that I am a fan of delicious, healthy, nutrient-dense food. And while elote is certainly delicious and wonderful for a weekend treat, it’s not necessarily something I would classify as particularly “healthy” or “nutritious.” So, I decided to recreate a version that’s a little lighter, higher in protein, and something I would feel good incorporating into my weekly summer meal rotation. I kept all the same flavors, but swapped the butter and mayo for farm fresh yogurt. You’ll want to be sure to use plain yogurt for this recipe, not Greek, because it’s a little thinner and not quite as tangy. I added a little more freshness with the jalepeno and cilantro, and amped up the spices with ones I found from a local company (but you can’t go wrong with season salt or lemon pepper). While some recipes call for cotija cheese, I kept with the parmesan and just reduced it to a garnish rather than a big heaping. Add a squeeze of lime and some salt and pepper, and this truly couldn’t be any easier, quicker, or healthier!

Sweet Summer Corn Elote

Seasonal Sweet Corn Elote
Ingredients 1:
  • 4 ears of corn, grilled until tender
  • 1 plain cup yogurt (not Greek)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper (or lemon pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh parmesan
  • Chipotle smoked flaky sea salt (sub season salt or combination of smoked paprika and salt)
To Prepare:
Mix together lime juice and yogurt in a small bowl. While the corn is still hot, hold the ear with a towel and shave off kernels into a bowl. After each one, stir in a little of the yogurt to help it melt in. After all the corn and yogurt is combined, add seasonings, jalepeno, and chopped cilantro. Finish with grated parmesan and flaky sea salt.
Sweet Summer Corn Elote
Sweet Summer Corn Elote

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Seasonal Sweet Corn Elote

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