Knock-Off Elote

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Introducing: knock-off elote! It's not elote but it's a lot like elote.

Last weekend I was seriously in the mood for some elote, but with not cotija cheese (one of the main elements of elote), I had to improvise with the ingredients I had on hand.

Don't call it a copycat elote recipe - because it's definitely not traditional by any means. BUT the flavors are strikingly similar to the real deal, so I'm calling it a knock-off. Feta cheese is used instead of cotija. The two cheeses share the same flavorful notes and soft texture; the biggest difference being cotija is from Mexico and feta originates from Greece.

This elote-inspired corn salad can be served as a side - or eaten straight out of the bowl, like I did. In fact, I might even prefer this version of "elote" over the real deal!

Feta Corn Salad (Knock-Off Elote)

  • Number of Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
Knock-Off Elote


  • 3 cups sweet corn
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp French onion chip dip
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika + more for topping
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

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  1. In a small bowl combine the mayo, lime juice and French onion chip dip. Stir well to combine.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine the sweet corn, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, red onion, melted butter and half of the feta. Stir it all together so that the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Pour the mayonnaise sauce over the corn salad and mix it in so that the corn is evenly coated. Add the remaining feta and cilantro. Chill for at least one hour or until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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