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
444
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound dried macaroni
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1 Teaspoon dijon
  • 1 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
19g
27%
Sugar
33g
37%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
64g
49%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
37µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
15µg
17%
Calcium, Ca
536mg
54%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Folate, total
9µg
2%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
125mg
39%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
144mg
21%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
153mg
10%
Water
25g
1%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

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.