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Cotija Cheese, Roasted Corn and Grape Salad

Cotija Cheese, Roasted Corn and Grape Salad

As the dog days of summer set in, I was looking for something that would be light, but still be filling. I decided to combine summer flavors and a cheese from south of the boarder. Firm and salty cotija cheese is a great standby ingredient for turning a simple salad into a special dish. Halloumi cheese is also great for frying. In this recipe the cheese is fried briefly and then tossed with sweet corn and juicy grapes, which compliment it’s flavor and texture. I used a simple lemon oil dressing and added a little bit of almonds for a crunch. Serve with fresh bread for lunch or a light dinner.

Cotija Cheese, Roasted Corn and Grape Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients :

  • 6 cups of your favorite greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach etc.)
  • 6 slices of Queso Del Valle Cotija cheese or Halloumi cheese
  • 1 ear grilled sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted almonds, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons for frying the cheese
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh herbs (basil, dill or parsley)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss the greens, corn, grapes, fresh herbs and shallots.
  2. Thinly slice the cheese. Heat a large non stick frying pan. Add oil and the sliced cheese and cook briefly until it starts to turn golden brown. Turn the cheese and cook the cheese on the other side until is golden brown.
  3. Arrange the fried cheese over the salad on the plate. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, agave and season with salt and pepper and pour over the dressing. Add almonds if using and serve immediately while the cheese is still hot.


Cotija Cheese, Roasted Corn and Grape Salad

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    August 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    beautiful salad – love the flavor combo!

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    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    August 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Corn and grapes – what an interesting combination! Looks great!

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    Traditionally Modern Food
    August 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Looks beautiful. Will try soon

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    Bonnie Eng
    August 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    The cheese looks perfectly cooked…what a yummy salad to have for summer!

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    August 11, 2014 at 1:44 am

    This salad looks incredible. You are making me very hungry. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe that is perfect for summer dining. Emma.

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    August 11, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Lovely salad Olga 🙂 I like the addition of fried cheese on the top!

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    Chitra Jagadish
    August 11, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Wow gorgeous looking salad Olga. …perfect. .

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      August 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Oh thank you so much! Appreciate your comment Chitra!

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    August 11, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I’ve never heard of that cheese but now you have peaked my interest in it. I am going to see if I can get it and make this recipe – it looks so wonderful and fresh!

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      August 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Cindy! I hope you will find it in your local grocery store! It’s great for salads or any mexican dish:)

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    August 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love Cojita and love this salad. Never would have thought to fry or grill it and thats brilliant. Have to make this.

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      August 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks! It’s really good for frying or grilling! I love it just as a snack:)

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    Ngan R.
    August 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    What a beautiful and delicious looking salad! You grilled the cheese so perfectly! I had difficulty with grilling halloumi (perhaps pan not hot enough) so may try again with this cojita.

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      August 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the grill or pan should be hot and then just leave it for 20-40 sec, don’t touch it. Once it’s start melting, then you can flip it over.

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        Ngan R.
        August 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks for the tip!

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    August 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

    It looks so delicious Olga, and the cheese- perfect!

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    August 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Yum. I love cotija cheese. What a great salad!

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    August 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog, and that I nominated you for a Wonderful Readership Award (! Please pass it on, and keep up the good writing!

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      Thank you so much Brian! I really appreciate your kind words!!! I enjoy reading your blog as well:) have a nice weekend!

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    August 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    You had me at fried cheese.

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    August 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This suits my “on diet” days, loved it! 🙂
    I’m following ^^

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    August 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Dear Olga, I love this salad ! It reminds me of the dish I have seen on Nigella Lawson’s blog and in her books for fried halloumi cheese and I’ve always wanted to make it — that’s what your little cotija cheese pieces remind me of. And paired with the juicy grapes, very elegant. Best of luck to you without your kitchen!!!! Also may I ask what plug in you use for your recipe “cards”?

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