Luckily, I always buy too much corn, and this pasta salad is a favorite dish to use it up. Use any other salad vegetables you have on hand. I had freshly picked zucchini and yellow squash on the counter to add to this bowl -- uncooked and very thinly sliced -- but it didn't seem to need it. A box of colorful cherry tomatoes will serve you well, as will sugar snap peas, or green beans, cut on the diagonal, or all kinds of colorful peppers.
There's a neat cooking trick for the pasta and corn (see recipe below), which saves time, pot washing, and gets the tiny kernels into the curly pasta edges.
Summer pasta salad with corn and tomatoes
The easiest way to cook the pasta and corn is to drop the corn in the pasta cooking water. The corn has a magical way of tucking itself into the shells so the dish looks wonderful when served.
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces small pasta shells or any other curly shape
6 ears fresh corn, kernels removed from cobs
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 red onion, cut into slivers
1/2 pound sugar snap peas, cut on the diagonal
1 pint red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
Handful fresh oregano, leaves coarsely chopped
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the pasta is almost tender. Add the corn and when the water returns to a boil, drain the mixture into a colander and rinse with cold water until it is no longer warm.
2.Transfer the corn mixture to a large bowl. Sprinkle with oil, more salt, and pepper. Set aside, stirring occasionally, until the mixture cools.
3. Add the vinegar, onion, sugar snaps, tomatoes, and oregano. Stir well. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper, olive oil, or vinegar. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Sheryl Julian
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