12-Minute Pasta Salad

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12-Minute Pasta Salad
12-Minute Pasta Salad
Debbie Koenig

12-Minute Pasta Salad

OK, OK. It's not ready in twelve minutes. But it only takes twelve minutes of actual effort, so I'm calling it 12-Minute Pasta Salad.

If you're making this ahead of time, add just enough dressing to moisten the pasta, and hold the rest until you’re ready to eat. Pasta salad has a tendency to absorb all available liquid, which would leave you with limp, soggy, and yet oddly dry pasta.

Feel free to add your choice of protein: edamame, leftover cooked chicken, tuna, beans, or cheese (bocconcini, those little balls of mozzarella cheese, are fun here), just to name a few examples.

Click here to see 15 Easy 15-Minute Pasta Recipes.

Ready in
15 m
6
Servings
419
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 ears corn, or 2 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6-8 large basil leaves, sliced thinly
  • 12-14 1/2 Ounces medium-sized whole-grain pasta
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons sherry vinegar or fruit-infused vinegar

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

If the corn is very fresh, cut the raw kernels off and place in a large salad bowl. If not, microwave or steam the corn until crisp-tender, for 3-5 minutes, and let cool before cutting. Add the tomatoes, basil, and any protein you're using to the bowl.

When the water boils, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Let cool. Add the pasta to the bowl with the oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss and serve.

Nut Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Nut Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
17%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Protein
13g
26%
Carbs
71g
24%
Vitamin A
37µg
4%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14.4%
Vitamin C
8mg
14%
Vitamin E
2mg
9%
Vitamin K
14µg
18%
Calcium
40mg
4%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
76µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
45µg
11%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
118mg
30%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
26%
Phosphorus
256mg
37%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
512mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
8.4%
Sodium
515mg
21%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
26.4%
Zinc
2mg
14%

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