Mama’s Corn Salad

My mom is famous for this corn salad.  Famous.  We rarely have a pool party or other outdoor event without it.  It’s super simple, takes no time, requires no cooking and can be made way in advance.  All the things you need in a summer side dish.  One thing though…this salad contains mayonnaise.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but to date, I have never posted a recipe using mayo.  I hate mayo.  There are only two things I don’t eat…tuna and mayo.  Period.  However, that being said, I’m in love with this salad and just close my eyes when I add the mayo in…then I pretend it’s not in there when I eat a huge serving.  This salad rocks :).  Thanks Mom!
Shopping List
2 (15 oz) cans corn, drained
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 (10 oz bag) Chili-Cheese Frito’s
In a large bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients together, cover and chill until ready to serve.  Toss Frito’s in right before serving.
That’s it.  Done.  Finished.  Simple. 
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  • Tiffany May 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    You don't eat tuna and mayo (which I LOVE) and I can't eat corn — it makes me throw up. Weird, I know. Anyway, this sounds great, I wish I COULD eat it, but I am thinking that I will enjoy my tuna casserole while you enjoy your corn salad. Enjoy some for me!

  • Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter May 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    You don't eat tuna? Really? That seems so out of character. How has this never come up?

  • Tina Huffman May 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I made this dish for our Memorial Day family get together. It was a big hit. Thank your mother! Tina

  • Ali June 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Was given this recipe about 2 years ago, honestly thought it sounded awful the combo of cold corn & mayo. I have made it numerous times for cookouts & every single bit is gone, such a hit! I also add diced tomatoes, gives it a new flavor! πŸ™‚

  • ~Shelly~ August 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, new here!! My mom has also made this exact same thing for years! Its really awesome- and I dont even like raw onions or bell peppers & I eat the crap out of this stuff lol! The only thing we do different is crush up the fritos right before serving and put on top. I think I will have to make some of this tonight now πŸ˜‰

  • Mickie Pho January 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Shay!

    I made this last night because I love corn, mayo and cheese! Yum!

    I thought I would add bacon because I love bacon and forgot the fritos.

    I also used the olive oil mayo instead of regular mayo.

    It did not turn out as yummy as I had hoped!

    Just wanted to share my experience with others because some times tweaks to recipes can be tremendously outstanding. Or an epic fail such as last night.

    The bacon bits made it way too salty. I used the bacon bits already precooked by Hormel.

    Have a fabulous day!
    -Mickie

  • Courtney May 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I make a variation of this corn salad, and it's always a hit! Fiesta canned corn, green onion, mayo and chili cheese fritos.

    People always think it sounds weird until they try it!

  • Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds wonderful! Do u mix fritos in or just place on top? Thanks!!

  • Mix and Match Mama May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I toss them into the salad!

  • AmyRay May 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Oh my gosh! I have just recently found your blogs, and I was going to email this recipe to YOU today! Mine is very similar, but I add a cup of sour cream and a can of drained rotel. (I also leave out the green bell pepper.) I've used both green onions, and red onions. Both are excellent! I made this last Sunday, and I've had it for lunch everyday this week! It's so yummy and summery!

  • Wallbetsy June 24, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I have made your corn salad a few times already and everyone asks for the recipe! Your blog is wonderful and I find myself pursuing it daily! Your recipes are perfect for busy families. My kids know they're getting something great when I say it's from mixandmatchmama. You are awesome Shay!!! Love how you mix and match recipes to make them wonderful!

  • Terri D. July 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Do you throw the fritos in whole or do you break them up? Do you use the whole bag?

  • Carmen & Julia July 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Really Like this one, simple is the best in the heat! Gonna make this for the 4th…Love your blog lady πŸ™‚

  • marielazs May 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I'm going to make this on Sunday for a family bbq! Can't wait! Thank you for the recipe πŸ™‚

  • Kristin Faulkenberry May 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Have you tried this recipe with Ranch dressing? I don't like Mayo either, but I do like Ranch! I'll have to try it!

  • Mix and Match Mama May 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Kristin…Ranch would probably be delish too! Enjoy!

  • Jules May 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I make a version of this with corn, bell peppers, onions, cheese, jalapeΓ±os, ranch and spicy nacho Doritos. It's amazing and always a hit!

  • Kelly Schwamb May 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Just made this with our dinner tonight! It tastes delicious! Love all your recipes that I make πŸ™‚

  • Mary June 22, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Made this tonight for Father's Day, everyone loved it! We will be making it again! Thanks so much:)

  • Lisa MH Smith July 1, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Hey Shay! Would frozen corn work just as well in this salad, or does it need to be canned? Thanks and Happy 4th of July!

  • Full Time Wife Life May 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    So glad I remembered this recipe! Just pulled it out of my favorites bar from years ago – used Greek yogurt instead of mayo and holy cow!! Super light and refreshing!!! Yummy πŸ™‚

  • Mary May 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Do you use regular Mayo or Miracle Whip?