Appetizers & Snacks, Side Dishes

Customizable Smoked Corn Salad

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 20 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 8

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  • 12 ears of corn, shucked

Mexican Elote Corn Salad

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or crema fresca
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 8 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled


  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced, seeds removed
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado, pitted, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • Ground black pepper, as desired


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • Ground black pepper, as desired


  • Large Bowl
  • Step 1

    To install the grill grate, position it flat on top of the heating element so it sits in place. Place the corn on the grill grate, then close the hood.

  • Step 2

    While holding the smoke box open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the box until filled to the top.

  • Step 3

    Select SMOKER, set temperature to 325F, and set time to 15 minutes. Select START to begin . There is no preheat time for the Smoker function. The pellets will go through an ignition cycle (IGN) for 3-6 minutes, then the grill will begin cooking and the timer will begin counting down.

  • Step 4

    When cooking is completed, open hood, remove corn from grill and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

  • Step 5

    When corn is cool to touch, cut the kernels from the cob and place in a large bowl. Use the smoked corn to make a large batch of one salad or divide corn between all three versions, if desired.

  • Step 6

    In a large bowl (or three separate bowls), toss the different salad ingredients together with the corn until evenly combined.