Spicy Macaroni Salad With Charred Corn & Tomatoes

This macaroni salad is perfect for people who want a lighter, fresher salad that showcases summer produce. 

Angela Carlos

This macaroni salad is perfect for people who want a lighter, fresher salad that showcases summer produce. 

8
Servings
445
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  dried macaroni
  • ears of corn
  • 1/2  Cup  olive oil
  • 1/4  Cup  lemon juice
  • serrano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1  Teaspoon  honey
  • 1  Teaspoon  dijon
  • clove garlic, minced
  • 2  Teaspoons  salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  Cup  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2  Cup  farmers cheese or feta, diced
  • 1  Tablespoon  basil, chiffonade
  • 1  Tablespoon  cilantro, chopped

Directions

Cook the dried macaroni according to the package directions. When cooked to al dente, strain the pasta and rinse with cold water to remove some of the starches, then set aside to cool.

Next, use the gas burner on your stove, a grill, or the broiler setting in your oven to char the outside of the corn slightly. Keep turning the corn when you hear a popping sound until the both ears are nicely chard. Allow to cool slightly so you can comfortably handle the corn. Using a knife, cut the corn kernels off the cob. The corn should be chard, but still crunchy. Set the corn aside to cool.

Combine the oil, lemon juice, serrano, honey, dijon, garlic, salt, and pepper in a jar with a lid and shake until emulsified. Finally, combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
41%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
42g
32%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
27µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
17mg
23%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
17µg
19%
Calcium, Ca
104mg
10%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
18µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
208mg
30%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
444mg
30%
Water
19g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Macaroni Salad Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Macaroni Salad Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.