Dairy Farmers of Canada

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

A delicious fusion of pasta, Mexican street corn, and dairy products containing Canadian milk. Enjoy this light and tasty pasta salad, perfect for that end-of-summer season!

  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cooking: 10 minutes
Yields 10 servings
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad


  • Salad:
  • 2 cups (500 ml) regular farfalle/bowtie pasta (measured uncooked)
  • 3-4 corn on the cob (remove the kernels), 3 cups (750 ml) frozen corn or 2 (425 g) cans of corn (drained)
  • 3 green onions - about 1/3 cup (80 ml)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Canadian feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro - about 1/2 cup (125 ml)
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Canadian sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) chili powder
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) lime juice
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) lime zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cracked pepper
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Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Set aside to cool to room temperature or refrigerate to speed up the cooling process.

Heat a large pan on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes or until very hot. Place corn kernels in a single layer, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring once in between or until browned. Avoid over stirring, as this will keep the corn from getting a good roast. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayo, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, lime zest and juice, and a couple of large pinches of salt and pepper.

Add the cooled pasta, corn, green onion, Canadian feta cheese, jalapeño, avocado, black beans and half the cilantro to a large bowl.

Pour most of the dressing over the pasta and toss until everything is well coated.

Transfer the pasta salad to a serving platter, drizzle with the remaining dressing, and garnish with leftover fresh chopped cilantro.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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