Five Delicious Corn Side Dishes for Your Next Summer Cookout

I don't know about you, but I looooooove me some corn. My oldest daughter doesn't like it, and I've claimed that she's not my child because of this fact. I might be joking when I say that, but kind of not.

Maybe it's because I come from a town where they obsess over the sweet corn sold by the local University, but my affinity for this vegetable/grain, and the fact that it's pretty durn cheap has me obsessing over different ways to cook with it during its peak freshness.

In any capacity, you can't deny that buttered, grilled corn on the cob is the perfect addition to any summer get-together.

In case you're looking for something a little different, I've collected five of my favorite recipes for you, to use up the last of that delicious produce before the season is over! Scroll on down for the best of the best!


Grilled Mexican Street Corn

From Alyssa at The Recipe Critic

If you haven't had Mexican street corn, you seriously need to. Last Friday I talked about our meal at Velvet Taco, where we had Elote en Vaso (corn in a cup), which was absolutely amazing.

Elote en vaso is basically the "contained" version of Mexican street corn. Traditionally, it's slathered in mayo and Cotija cheese, then sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice, and cilantro. However, Alyssa over at The Recipe Critic adds a little twist to hers that I think you'll just love! Click here to get the recipe! 

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

From Chelsea at Chelsea's Messy Apron

I love that Chelsea had the thought to take Mexican street corn and stretch it a little farther. Pasta salads are pretty standard when it comes to summer get-togethers, because they fill bellies really easily for not a lot of money.

This recipe is a refreshing twist on a cookout staple, and I can't wait to try it! Click here for the full recipe!

Jamie's Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad with Mango

From Woolworth's

This dish takes two of my favorite foods in the whole world - corn and avocado - and puts them together in one amazingly healthy dish.

You really could have this as a super healthy main course, but it works equally as well for a side dish if you want to stretch it. Get the recipe here!

Cheesy, Buttery, Jalapeño Corn Cakes

From Teri at Spoon Fork Bacon

If you don't have a grill, or don't have the time to fire it up, but you still want a buttery, crunchy alternative to corn on the cob, this recipe is a great pick.

With fiery jalapeno and salty queso fresco, it's a great flavor combination to add to any get-together. Click here to get the whole recipe!

Parmesan Zucchini & Corn

From Chunga at Damn Delicious

Damn Delicious is one of my favorite food blogs ever. I made Chunga's Parmesan Tortellini Bites for a New Year's Eve party where I just made appetizers, and they were a HUGE hit.

So it's no surprise that this simple side dish should be equally amazing. Just ten minutes and two in-season ingredients means that this will be an easy, inexpensive option for your party! Click here for the full recipe!


That's it for this round up! I'm off to the grocery store so I can nab some of that sweet goodness while it's still fresh!

Comment below and let me know which of these recipes you're most excited to try! And be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more delicious goodness!

Much Love,

Michelle