Pasta Salad with Roasted Corn and Edamame

Simple and refreshing Pasta salad with roasted corn and edamame is a great option for lunch or as a side for Holiday Meal.

Pasta Salad with corn, edamame and basil

After a long time, I am participating in Blogging Marathon and Pasta Salads is the theme that I am doing for this week’s BM. I love making pasta salad for a party as it is easy to put together a large batch. If not making for a crowd, I usually see Pasta salad as a wonderful way to use up tiny bits and pieces of leftover vegetables from the refrigerator. This pasta salad recipe with sun dried tomatoes is one of my favorite. it is a very versatile recipe that can take up as many or as little vegetable of your choice. The only key thing to remember when making this pasta salad is using a good quality sun dried tomatoes. 

Coming to the pasta salad recipe that I am making today with roasted corn edamame, it cannot get easier than this. I have used frozen corn and edamame for the recipe and used store bought salad dressing. All it needs is a quick cooking of the pasta and roasting the vegetables and tossing everything together.

Let’s talk Ingredients – 

Pasta – 

So we are making a pasta salad and it needs pasta. I choose my shape and size of the pasta depending on the kind of salad I am making. If I am using large cut vegetables, then I go with larger size pasta like large shells or Penne or Fusilli. Today I am making a Pasta Salad with corn and edamame and hence chose a smaller sized pasta. I used tiny Farfalle in my recipe today and it blended really well with the rest of the ingredients. 

Corn – 

I always have frozen corn in my freezer and that is what I used in the Salad recipe today. I am not a big fan of canned ones and prefer the frozen corn. If in season, we can use fresh corn and steam it to use the kernels in the recipe. 

Edamame – 

I have to confess that I don’t use Edamame as much as I should be using it for its health benefits. I just add a bit when making Sambhar Sadham or Biriyani, but have never made any recipe where it shines as a star. This Pasta Salad gave me a chance to use edamame and it did shine in the recipe. We loved the crunch it gave to the salad. I used Frozen whole Edamame in the recipe. I shelled the edamame and roasted it along with the corn and used it in the recipe. 

Basil – 

I would definitely use some fresh herb in the pasta salad as it adds a blast of freshness and flavor. I chose to use basil as I have plenty of it growing in our backyard. If you are looking for a change, then feel free to use other herbs like Cilantro or Parsley. 

Dressing – 

I took the easy way out and used store bought dressing this time. If you are wanting to make something from scratch but also keep it simple, something as easy as just oilive oil and lemon juice with garlic and salt would work great. We have plenty of different kind of dressing in our refrigerator in the hope of eating a lot of salad some day. 

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Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy 

Ingredients to make Pasta Salad with Corn and Edamame – Serves 4

  • Pasta (I used small bow tie pasta) – 1 cup
  • Corn kernels – 3/4 cup
  • Edamame – 1/2 cup
  • Spring onion – 2 stalk with the green stem 
  • Salt – to taste
  • Dressing / Vinaigrette (I used Vidalia onion dressing) – about 4 TBSP
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Fresh basil leaves – about 12 – 15 large leaves (thinly sliced)

Vegetarian Pasta Salad with roasted corn and edamame

Procedure to make Pasta Salad with Corn and Edamame – 

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Make sure that they are cooked al dente and still has a bite to it. Drain the cooked pasta and keep it aside.
  • I used frozen cor and frozen edamame. If using edamame with the shell, remove the kernels from the shell.
  • In a cast iron pan, or any heavy flat pan, heat 2 tsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add the corn kernels and edamame to the pan and toss. 

Rossting corn and edamame in cast iron skillet

  • Sprinkle with salt needed just for the vegetable and let the caramelize / roast in the pan. Give it a stir every now and then, so the kernels son’t stick to the pan. 
  • When you see that the corn and edamame kernels have caramelized, add the finely sliced spring onion to the pan and mix.

Roasting corn, edamame and spring onion in cast iron

  • Let it cook for 2 to 3 more minutes and then turn off the heat. Let the roasted corn and edamame mixture cool down to room temperature.

Roasted corn, edamame and spring onion for pasta salad

  • When ready to assemble, add the cooked pasta to a wide bowl. Add the roasted vegetables. Also add the thinly sliced basil leaves and toss them all together. 

Combining ingredients for pasta salad

  • Add any dressing of your choice. I used store bought vidalia onion vinaigrette to my pasta salad. Again toss everything together gently and chill until ready to serve.

Pasta salad with roasted corn, edamame, spring onion and basil

Vegetarian Pasta Salad with corn and edamame
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Pasta Salad with Roasted Corn and Edamame

Simple and refreshing Pasta salad with roasted corn and edamame is a great option for lunch or as a side for Holiday Meal.

Course holiday recipes, Lunch Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Lunch Box Recipes, lunch pasta salad, Pasta, pasta salad, pasta salad with corn and edamame, quick and easy sald for lunch, roasted corn and edamame salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Ingredients

  • Pasta I used small bow tie pasta - 1 cup
  • Corn kernels - 3/4 cup
  • Edamame - 1/2 cup
  • Spring onion - 2 stalk with the green stem
  • Salt - to taste
  • Dressing / Vinaigrette I used Vidalia onion dressing - about 4 TBSP
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Fresh basil leaves - about 12 - 15 large leaves thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Make sure that they are cooked al dente and still has a bite to it. Drain the cooked pasta and keep it aside.
  2. I used frozen cor and frozen edamame. If using edamame with the shell, remove the kernels from the shell.
  3. In a cast iron pan, or any heavy flat pan, heat 2 tsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add the corn kernels and edamame to the pan and toss.
  4. Sprinkle with salt needed just for the vegetable and let the caramelize / roast in the pan. Give it a stir every now and then, so the kernels son't stick to the pan.
  5. When you see that the corn and edamame kernels have caramelized, add the finely sliced spring onion to the pan and mix. Let it cook for 2 to 3 more minutes and then turn off the heat. Let the roasted corn and edamame mixture cool down to room temperature.
  6. When ready to assemble, add the cooked pasta to a wide bowl. Add the roasted vegetables. Also add the thinly sliced basil leaves and toss them all together.
  7. Add any dressing of your choice. I used store bought vidalia onion vinaigrette to my pasta salad. Again toss everything together gently and chill until ready to serve.

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19 thoughts on “Pasta Salad with Roasted Corn and Edamame

  1. I don’t know why but I always forget about pasta salad for gatherings! It’s so easy to make. I really need to remember this one! It looks so so good!

  2. I love pasta salads for gatherings and even for dinner table. Adding edamame is really interesting, the salad looks delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Such a delicious salad and so easy to prepare too! I used both frozen corn and frozen edamame. In a dry skillet, they will char quite nicely. I made this to take to work for lunch, but I might just make it again for dinner. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    What a delicious looking pasta salad that is. Love the addition of edamame – makes this a protein rich and filling dish. I haven’t tried vidalia onion dressing, will have to try it out some time.

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