Sunday Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad

This is one of those dishes that I begin craving sometime in late winter. But it is most assuredly a midsummer’s meal: it’s cool, perfect for eating on hot nights; it’s transportable, great for taking to a picnic or a barbeque, and it’s flavorful, but only when you use the freshest seasonal ingredients. To tell the truth, I’ve never even been a big fan of pasta salads–mostly because I like, but do not love, mayonnaise–but this one is different. Try it yourself and see what you think.

First, cook 1 lb (16 oz) small shape pasta (I use macaroni or orzo) in salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.

you may want to steam some extra ears of corn for the little people...

Second, steam 4 ears fresh sweet corn, and drain, rinse in cool water, and set aside. Then cut it carefully off the cob. Place in a large bowl. Add to the bowl:

1-2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (I used heirloom riesentraubes), 1-2 cucumbers, cut into 1/2″ dice, 8 oz. diced fresh mozzarella, 1/2 cup slivered fresh basil, and a handful fresh chopped parsley. 

Mix the vegetables well, add the pasta, and toss.

Make a dressing of:
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1 TB red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 TB. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic, crushed

Add dressing to bowl, toss to coat, and serve, or close tightly and chill in refrigerator. Stays delicious for about 2-3 days. We enjoy eating it with a nice, crispy baguette, if we’re lucky enough to find one, with some freshly-squeezed lemonade to drink.

Eat it with Joy, all!

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4 thoughts on “Sunday Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad

  1. I love making pasta salad in the summer! The kind I make is pretty much my mom’s recipe: tri-color rotini tossed with cherry tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and broccoli. Then I go lazy-style and stir in a bottle of Italian dressing. So good.

  2. Hey! Just letting you know I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit with the whole fam :)

    Hope your garden survived Irene! We have planted a few things here and are praying they survive the heat these days!

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