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Seasoned Roasted-Corn Salad Cups

This is a fresher take on esquites, Mexican street corn cups. Individual cups work well for entertaining, but the corn salad can also be made in a large serving bowl.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: linda xaio

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2016


  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 ears corn, shucked
  • 1/2 jicama, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 2 small poblano chiles, seeded, stemmed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 1/2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Stir together paprika, sugar, thyme, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

  2. Char corn over the flame of a gas stove or in a broiler, turning with tongs, until blackened and blistered, about 3 to 4 minutes each. Let cool, then cut kernels into a large bowl. Toss with jicama, chiles, cilantro, oil, cheese, and lime juice. Season lightly with salt.

  3. Place 1 tablespoon sour cream in each of eight 1-cup glasses. Sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon paprika mixture. Fill each with 3/4 cup corn salad. Top with remaining sour cream and paprika mixture; serve.

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