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Citrusy Corn and Zucchini Pasta Salad


During hot summer months, I try not to spend too much time cooking over a frying pan or near a hot oven. My body craves meals that can be served at room temperature or cold. So even though there is some “hot” work involved with pasta salad, this is perfect to whip up and enjoy later in the day after it has had time to chill.

It’s also time for the corn and zucchini harvest, so this pasta salad is light, fresh, and in-season. All good things in my book!

This recipe is very easy to throw together. It’s great as a meatless meal, a side dish, or served with rotisserie chicken for a more robust entree. This keeps well at room temperature so you can bring this to BBQs as well, especially if you use vegan mayonnaise, like we did.

Note, we are not vegans we but prefer the taste of vegenaise.

Citrusy Corn and Zucchini Pasta Salad


  • 3 ears of corn, kernels cut off
  • 1 pound small zucchini, quartered
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 pound mini bowtie pasta
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (we used veganaise)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 10 or so cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, frozen


  1. In a large bowl, toss the corn and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large frying pan over medium heat. Saute for four to five minutes, until the zucchini browns slightly. Add shallot and cook for another minute. Pour vegetable mixture back into your large bowl and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain well and pour into same large bowl.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk the mayonnaise with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice, chile powder; season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta, corn, zucchini, tomatoes and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl or individual bowls. Using a vegetable peeler or carefully with a knife, shave the frozen goat cheese all over the top and enjoy at room temperature or chilled.

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