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Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

This colorful pasta salad is the perfect addition to any summer gathering. The grilled corn adds a smoky flavor to the dish while the fresh vegetables and herbs keep it light and refreshing.

Tasty Team
August 15, 2023
95% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

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Under 30 minutes


for 6 servings

Pasta Salad

  • 2 ears corn
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 8 oz dried orecchiette pasta (225 g), cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes (400 g)
  • ½ cup diced red onion (75 g)
  • 1 avocado, diced

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cilantro (60 g)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil (80 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 298
  • Fat 18g
  • Carbs 31g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Protein 5g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Microwave the corn on a microwave-safe plate on high power for 7 minutes. Remove from the microwave. Grip the corn with a dish towel, then cut off the bottom end with a serrated knife. Slide the corn out of the husk. It should come out fairly easily with none of the silky, stringy mess.
  2. Brush the corn with olive oil, then place on a cast iron grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side, until the kernels are slightly charred.
  3. Insert the narrow end of an ear of corn into the center hole of a Bundt pan. Holding the corn steady with one hand, saw off the kernels with the serrated knife. The kernels will fall into the pan for easy collection.
  4. Make the cilantro-lime vinaigrette: Combine the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, honey, salt, and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, corn, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and vinaigrette and toss until evenly incorporated.
  6. Enjoy!
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Grilled Corn Summer Pasta Salad

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