A Simple Side for Picnics and Cookouts: Fresh Corn Pasta Salad

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With the arrival of longer days of golden sunshine and warmer temperatures, it’s time to serve some lighter fare.

Fresh corn pasta salad is a tasty side dish to serve at your next picnic or cookout. We share our recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/sides/fresh-corn-pasta-salad/

I’m a big fan of salads, and delicious pasta salads have always been a favorite of mine.

There’s usually very little cooking involved, and a beautiful, delicious meal can be prepared quickly on busy days. And they’re great for packing in your lunch for work or for throwing into a picnic basket for an early summer outing.

Today, we’re making a simple but tasty fresh corn pasta salad – bright, colorful, and satisfying without being too filling!

Cutting off the kernels of fresh corn for our summery pasta salad recipe. | Foodal.com

I always choose to use fresh corn on the cob when it’s available – it tastes way better than the canned or frozen version, but if you don’t have a choice, these types will also do when sweet corn is not in season.

I like using bowtie noodles, but likewise, you can substitute it for your favorite short variety, like elbows or penne.

Once the corn and pasta are cooked, simply toss them with some diced red onions and spring onions, and a drizzle of homemade lemon dressing. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and you’re ready to serve!

Enjoy a big bowl of fresh and lemony corn pasta salad with our recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/sides/fresh-corn-pasta-salad/

To make it a full meal, add grilled chicken breast flavored with our own homemade spice rub, or try a garnish of crunchy roasted chickpeas for some added protein.

Halved cherry or grape tomatoes also make a wonderful addition to this dish, for an added burst of color, flavor, and nutrients.

The Recipe

Pasta salad with corn, onions, basil and lemon. | Foodal.com
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Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pasta salad with corn, onions, basil and lemon. | Foodal.com
Fresh Corn Pasta Salad
Votes: 4
Rating: 3.5
You: 1
Rate this recipe!
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Warmer days call for this delicious pasta salad made with fresh corn, onions, and basil, topped with a tangy lemon dressing. Get the recipe now on Foodal.
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, (2 cups fresh kernels)
  • 2 cups uncooked bowtie pasta
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced red onions
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions,
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
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Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Shuck the corn. Cut the kernels off the cobs, and then blanch them quickly in hot water until the kernels turn bright yellow. Drain the kernels in a colander and rinse them with cold tap water to stop the cooking or dunk in an ice bath. Set them aside.
  3. Cook the pasta until they are al dente, or to your preference, before draining them and rinsing them in cold water to prevent them from cooking further.
  4. To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cooked corn with the red onions, spring onions, and pasta.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat.
  7. Garnish with torn fresh basil leaves and serve.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Corn Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 813 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Sodium 974mg 41%
Potassium 463mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 130g 43%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 8g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 4%
Iron 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Set out the Mise en Place

Shuck the corn, and cut the kernels off the cobs.

Dice the red onions and chop the spring onions.

Gathering ingredients for a fresh corn pasta salad recipe. | Foodal.com

Measure out the olive oil, salt, black pepper, basil, and pasta.

Squeeze the lemon to get fresh juice.

Step 2 – Cook the Kernels

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and then blanch the corn in the boiling water until they turn bright yellow.

Cooking fresh corn kernels for a corn pasta salad. | Foodal.com

Drain them through a colander and then rinse with cold water to prevent further cooking. Set aside.

Step 3 – Cook the Carbs

Fill another large pot with generously salted water and bring it to a boil.

Cooking pasta for a fresh corn pasta salad recipe. | Foodal.com

Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain through a colander and then rinse with cold water to prevent it from cooking more. Set aside.

Step 4 – Prepare the Dressing

Combine the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper with a whisk in a medium-sized bowl. I like to drizzle the olive oil into the mixture while stirring with a whisk, to make a nice emulsion.

Making the lemon dressing for a fresh corn pasta salad recipe. | Foodal.com

Step 5 – Mix the Ingredients

Combine the cooked corn, bow ties, and onions in a large mixing bowl.

Fresh corn pasta salad combines the sweet flavor of fresh corn with other summery ingredients like basil and lemon. | Foodal.com

Step 6 – Dress, Garnish, and Serve

Pour the prepared dressing on top of the ingredients and toss well, until the dressing is evenly distributed. Garnish with fresh basil leaves this dish is ready to serve as a side at your next cookout or warm-weather gathering.

If you like, refrigerate for a few hours before serving to meld the flavors.

Simple fresh corn pasta salad. | Foodal.com

Bring Freshness and Color to Your Table

This salad is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also simple to make, and just filling enough for this time of year. Fresh and colorful, it’s perfect for warmer days.

A bowl filled with the summer flavors of a fresh corn pasta salad. | Foodal.com

Make a large batch of this recipe to feed a crowd at your next barbecue, or pack up the leftovers to last you through the week!

Can’t get enough of this summery ingredient? Try out some other tasty recipes in our round up of the best dishes that feature sweet corn.

What’s your favorite way to prepare a pasta salad? We can’t get enough of them! Try our Sicilian pasta salad for a unique spin on a traditional dish with bold Mediterranean flavors. Share your tips and favorites in the comments below!


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This fresh corn pasta salad is the perfect side to bring to picnics and barbecues during the warmer months. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s also a beautiful sight for the eyes that’s big on fresh flavor! Get the recipe on Foodal now.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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