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Simple Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Corn, Zucchini, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) TriColor Rotini Pasta
  • 2 small (heaping 2 cups) zucchini
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes (cherry, roma, or vine-ripened)
  • 1 large avocado chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Zesty Italian Dressing I use light
  • Optional: parmesan cheese, fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cool water, and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Drain and rinse the corn (or cut it off a cob) and chop the zucchini. If you rinsed canned corn, dry it off well.
  3. In a nonstick skillet or cast-iron skillet (preferred), place the corn and chopped zucchini. Do not add any oil or butter but try to spread it in an even layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired and allow it to sit without stirring over medium-high heat. Let the corn and zucchini roast for a few minutes before stirring. Continue to let it sit in between stirring it until the corn and zucchini are lightly browned and roasted outside.
  4. Meanwhile, slice or chop tomatoes (I used vine-ripened), and an avocado.
  5. Toss the avocado with lemon juice.
  6. Allow the corn and zucchini to cool and then toss it with the cooled pasta. Add in the tomato and avocado.
  7. Pour half of the bottle of Italian dressing and toss well. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (optional, but allows a great meld of flavors)
  9. When ready to serve (or if not placing it in the fridge first), pour the remaining dressing in the salad (or to your taste preference) and top with fresh shredded basil and parmesan cheese if desired.

  10. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

This salad is best enjoyed the same day you've made it. We also tried this salad with some grilled and chopped hot dogs and loved it! A great way to add some more protein and summer to this salad :)