Corn Salad

A few days back I was in the mood to do some grilling (actually, I am in the mood to grill most any day), however I was not sure of the sides I would make with some thinly sliced barbecue pork. I asked my wife who quickly came up with the idea of  corn salad. She said, you know the one you made that one day that was really good? She got that mixed up with the corn and mango salsa, but that got my wheels moving to think of the salsa, but instead of using lime juice, and mint, to freshen it up another way.

Corn Salad Recipe

This salad was really quick to put together and was a big hit with my wife and daughter. Keep in mind that my two tough boys aren’t into eating their vegetables as they should, otherwise, I am certain they would love it as well.


  • 2 cups of corn kernels (fresh or frozen works well)
  • 1 large roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Acini di pepe pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

Begin by cooking your pasta in salted, boiling water. This should only take about 6 minutes for the pasta to cook. Ancini di pepe is a really tiny pasta, known as the peppercorn of pasta. This pasta is perfect for this corn salad, trust me. Once you have cooked and drained the pasta, let it sit out and cool off. During this time, prep your vegetables, and cook your corn just until it comes to a boil. Drain and let your corn cool as well. You could run it under cold water if you are in a hurry.

To a large bowl, add in your corn and pasta, the chopped vegetables and basil, and toss with the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This is a really great salad, and will go well with any summertime dish.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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