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Corn Pasta Salad with Bacon and Creamy Pesto Dressing in a bowl
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Corn Pasta Salad with Bacon and Creamy Pesto Dressing

Corn Pasta Salad with Bacon and Creamy Pesto Dressing takes only 30 minutes and makes a beautiful appetizer, light meal, or even dinner!  This crowd-pleasing side dish is perfect for sharing and bringing to picnics, potlucks, BBQs, or parties.  Your family and friends with love the fresh, savory, and sweet combination of flavors!  Make it in the Summer and year-round.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword corn pasta salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 316kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Corn pasta salad

  • 8 oz orecchiette pasta or other short pasta
  • 1 cup corn kernels cooked
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and sliced
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Salad dressing

  • cup basil pesto store-bought or homemade
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

Cook pasta

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Make salad dressing

  • In a mason jar, whisk together basil pesto with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • If your dressing is too thick, you can thin it out by adding more Greek yogurt, small amounts of water, or extra lime juice (or lemon juice). Or, combination of what I just listed.

Assembly

  • In a large bowl, combine cooked and drained pasta, cooked corn kernels, diced bell pepper, and chopped cooked bacon. Mix to combine.
  • Distribute into individual salad bowls. Top with the salad dressing. Sprinkle the chopped fresh cilantro on top.

Notes

  • Corn. I used 1 cup of cooked corn kernels.  That equals to 2 ears of corn (corn on the cob).
  • Basil pesto.  Use store-bought or homemade basil pesto.
  • Pasta.  I used orecchiette pasta in this recipe.  The next best choice would be fusilli (spiral pasta) or farfalle (bow-tie pasta).
 

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 922IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg