Mexican Street Corn Kale Salad

This Mexican street corn kale salad turns esquites into a meal-sized salad with shredded kale, grilled chicken, avocado and tortilla chips!  

Now that I shared my Mexican street corn salad recipe, I want to share my favorite way to turn it into a full meal… Mexican street corn kale salad. It’s packed with veggies, protein and has so much flavor.

Close up photo of a white bowl and gold fork with a Mexican street corn and kale grilled chicken salad. The salad is topped with slices of avocado. Ingredients in the salad are sprinkled on the table.

If you’ve been an EBF blog reader for a while, you probably know that I despise boring salads. I like to keep my salads interesting by combining different textures, temperatures and obviously flavors! When I first made this Mexican street corn salad, I basically wanted it on everything (including salads) so that’s how this kale salad recipe was born!

One taste of this combo with the Mexican street corn, grilled chicken, avocado over massaged kale and I was hooked. It honestly reminds me of a salad you’d get from a casual chain like Chopt or Sweetgreen.

Street Corn Kale Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this epic kale salad:

  • shredded kale – any variety of kale will work but I used regular curly kale for this salad
  • avocado
  • grilled chicken – you can grill your chicken on an outdoor grill or use a grill pan
  • Mexican street corn salad – if you prep the street corn in advance, this salad comes together really fast
  • tortilla chips
  • cotija cheese – this cheese is already in the street corn salad, but you can add an extra sprinkle on top after plating for even more cheesy goodness
  • sriracha – this is optional, but I love the flavor and spice it adds

Glass mixing bowl with ingredients for a salad including kale, Mexican street corn salad, crushed tortilla chips, avocado and grilled chicken.

How to Grill Chicken Breasts for Salad

You can totally put plain, raw chicken breasts on the grill and grill them up, but I like to spice them up a little bit! If you have time, this apple cider vinegar chicken would be perfect for this salad. The end result is a flavorful, moist chicken breast.

I also like adding dry rub to my chicken before grilling. It takes basically no prep time and results in a super flavorful grilled protein! You could use my blackened seasoning recipe or just a mixture of chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper to play off the seasonings in the street corn salad. Simply rub the mixed spices over the chicken breast before grilling.

When you’re ready to grill, preheat the grill. When it’s around 400ºF, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Use a meat thermometer to check the chicken after cooking – you want the inside temperature of the breast to be at least 165ºF.

Once the chicken has been cooked, allow it to cool before chopping and using in the salad recipe. The chicken can be grilled up to 3 days in advance.

Glass mixing bowl with a gold spoon in a kale salad made with Mexican street corn, grilled chicken, avocado and crushed tortilla chips.

How to Assemble the Salad

For this kale salad I like to divide the avocado and use one half to massage the kale, along with lime juice and salt. This softens the kale and is essentially like a dressing for the salad.

Once the kale is massaged, simply add all the chopped ingredients and mix them together in a big bowl. Another option is to use a salad chopper bowl (affiliate link)! This chopper/bowl combo is one of my most used kitchen accessories. To prep the salad using the salad chopper, simply massage your kale, add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and then use the rolling knife (similar to a pizza cutter) to chop the ingredients up and mix everything together.

Once you’ve tossed the salad, portion it into bowls. Add a drizzle of sriracha, if using and dive in!

Two white bowls filled with kale Mexican street corn salad with grilled chicken and topped with slices of avocado. Two gold forks are resting on the side of the plates. On the table, cilantro, a bowl of cheese, slices of jalapeno and lime and tortilla chips are scattered.

More Mexican-Inspired Recipes to Try:

If you make this Mexican street corn kale salad, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

Close up photo of a white bowl and gold fork with a Mexican street corn and kale grilled chicken salad. The salad is topped with slices of avocado. Ingredients in the salad are sprinkled on the table.

Kale Mexican Street Corn Salad

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Mexican street corn kale salad turns esquites into a meal-sized salad with shredded kale, grilled chicken, avocado and tortilla chips! 


  • 4 cups shredded/chopped kale
  • 1 avocado, chopped into chunks and divided
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced or chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican street corn salad
  • 1/3 cup crushed/chopped tortilla chips
  • cotija cheese, for topping*
  • sriracha (optional)


  1. Add kale, 1/2 avocado and lime juice and sea salt into a large bowl. Use your hands to massage the kale with the avocado, lime juice and salt until all the pieces of kale are coated.
  2. Add chicken, street corn salad, remaining avocado chunks and tortilla chips into a bowl. Use salad tongs or a spoon to gently toss.
  3. Portion into three bowls. Sprinkle on a little cojita cheese and drizzle with sriracha, if using.


  • If you don’t have cotija cheese you can use Parmesan or feta.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 32g

Keywords: street corn kale salad

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  1. I just heard of your blog on a pregnancy forum about healthy meal and snack suggestions and started following immediately. Made this tonight and it was delicious! The corn salad on its own was fantastic and I’m excited to make it again, and making it into a filling delicious dinner with this recipe was perfect. Very impressed and I’m excited to try more of your recipes!

    • Hey Valerie! I’m so glad you found my blog on the pregnancy forum… congrats to you! And thank you so much for not only trying this recipe but coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I appreciate it so much and can’t wait for you to try more of my recipes.

  2. This is a fool-proof recipe! I do not usually leave reviews or comments, but I was so impressed with this recipe. It takes a while to chop all of the ingredients (Mexican street corn included), but it is so worth it. Perfect salad to bring to a dinner party as a side or have for dinner on a week night. Would recommend!

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