Easy salad recipes are the best in summer and this Corn Pasta Salad is one of my favorites. Made with tortellini, corn and lots of grilled veggies, this simple pasta salad has a homemade Italian vinaigrette.
Similar to my Pesto Pasta Salad and my Pizza Pasta Salad, I used cheese tortellini in this recipe – I love tortellini in pasta salads!
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I am in love with tortellini. Left to my own devices, I can eat an entire package by myself in one sitting, so I don’t make it very often. I find that tortellini are perfect for pasta salad recipes because they’re a little heartier than regular pasta. If my pasta salad doesn’t have protein in it, then adding some tortellini adds a little more heft to the salad.
There are so many ways to make this recipe and you can definitely change it up to suit what you like. A pasta salad with cherry tomatoes and corn and lots of roasted vegetables is the perfect recipe for summer. I love making these salads in summer because they feed a crowd so they’re perfect for a potluck, you can make them ahead of time so you’re not slaving over the stove, and you can use lots of fresh produce that’s in season.
An easy Corn Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer with grilled vegetables, corn and tomatoes all with a homemade Italian dressing!
That’s right: I used grilled vegetables! Whenever I think about corn I also think about bell peppers and squash, so that’s what I included in this salad.
What goes into a Corn Pasta Salad?
Here’s what I put into my pasta salad:
- Lightly grilled zucchini and yellow squash, diced
- Red bell pepper
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cheese Tortellini
Grilled zucchini and yellow squash give this salad a great crunch and flavor.
I love grilled vegetables; in fact I love them more than cooked or roasted ones. The grill, whether it’s inside or outside, adds so much delicious flavor to any vegetable. I used my indoor grill to lightly grill both sides of the squash. I then let them cool and diced them.
I didn’t grill the bell pepper, but you could if you want!
Fresh corn or frozen corn in pasta salad?
I used frozen corn in this corn pasta salad but you can use either. I didn’t want to have to take the time to cook corn and then cut it off the cob but if you have fresh corn, feel free to use it!
You can use any pasta or tortellini in a corn pasta salad.
As I said, I love using cheese tortellini but feel free to use a flavored tortellini or any regular pasta (fusilli would be fantastic in this).
Easy dressing for Corn Pasta Salad
Making your own homemade salad dressing is super easy and I love making my own for pasta salads. If you want to make this a semi-homemade salad, feel free to pick up any of your favorite dressings at the store. I think a pasta salad with corn and mayo dressing would be popular but I decided to use an Italian dressing with mustard.
My husband loves mustard and I so rarely use it in recipes because I’m not a fan, but in dressing it’s totally okay.
Homemade Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette is great for any salad!
Really you can use this dressing for any salad or even as a marinade but it’s perfect with these grilled vegetables and corn.
Here’s what I put in my dijon mustard dressing:
- Dijon mustard
- White Balsamic Vinegar
Making homemade dressings is so easy – just mix all the ingredients in a jar, cover and shake and you have a perfect vinaigrette for any salad!
A simple Corn Pasta Salad with homemade dressing will be the hit of your summer dinners!
We love pasta salads. Try our other favorite recipes:
- Pesto Tortellini Salad
- Pizza Pasta Salad
- BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad
- Spicy Italian Pasta Salad
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