Hot Tamale! This salad is SPICY!

I must admit that I do not like peppers or cilantro which are two major ingredients when it comes to some Mexican food. I also try to stick with as few ingredients as possible to keep things simple and easy. So, with that in mind as we head into summer I created this mayo-free Mexican Corn Pasta and Kale Salad.

Even though it has more ingredients than my normal creations I made sure it doesn’t have meat or mayonnaise, so it is safer for being left out at summer parties and great for leftovers and lunch boxes too. It also travels well. I know this for a fact because one of my best friends, Kira, took some leftovers for lunch all the way to Ithaca from Athens and it was still intact and edible the next day!

I gathered all my ingredients for this recipe from Adams Fairacre Farms. Also giving you a friendly reminder that if you use code BODYBEWELL at checkout, you’ll receive $5 off your total purchase of $25 or more at any location, every day except after 5 pm on Wednesdays. *Only one affiliate code may be used per purchase.

Mexican Corn, Pasta and Kale Salad

serves 12 / prep time: 30 minutes


1 box of pasta

4 ears of corn (about 3 cups) - can also use a bag of frozen corn if needed

3 cups kale - soak in lime juice after rinsing for extra flavor if desired

2 avocados, diced

3 scallions, chopped

3 jalapeños, finely chopped (leave seeds in to make it extra spicy!)

1 cup pre-chopped red onion or 1 small red onion, chopped

1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed


1/2 cup avocado or olive oil

1/2 cup lime juice

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons Sriracha or hot sauce

Salt and pepper


  1. If you’re using real corn, shuck, cook, and allow to cool. Then take a knife and cut off the corn and set it aside.

  2. Cook the pasta next and allow it to cool.

  3. When the corn and pasta have cooled down completely, take all the ingredients and mix together in a big bowl.

  4. Make the dressing in a separate bowl and pour it over the top of the salad and toss.

  5. Feel free to top the salad with a hard-boiled egg, chicken, or shrimp for extra protein.


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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I am a studio owner, Certified Pilates Teacher for over a decade, Holistic Nutrition professional, author & cool aunt who used to store my shoes in the oven and sweaters in my pantry. I have come a long way since then and you can too. Whatever your goals may be I want you to be able to live well and feel your best every day by doing Pilates and eating real food with Body Be Well. 


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