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Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad. If you’re going to eat a salad today, it should probably be this salad. It’s the perfect quick fix salad that’s almost no cook and comes together in minutes. Grab your favorite pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, basil, cheddar cheese, and an avocado…toss it all together, and done. It’s summery, healthy, and so good!

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The saying around the Gerard household is that simple is the best, and the more recipes I create, the more I really realize this. Sure, I also love a recipe that takes more time to make, and you know I love spending time baking up my favorite layer cakes, but when it comes to everyday cooking, I’m all about simple.

I spent some time talking to my aunt and uncle this past weekend and they were telling me how they love good food…but simple food. High quality ingredients that just taste really good. As I was talking to them something kind of clicked in my head and it made me realize that as long as you have really good ingredients, you can make a simple, delicious recipe. A recipe doesn’t have to have a whole bunch of ingredients or be hard to make. It just needs fresh quality ingredients.

That’s kind of this salad. It’s probably one of the simpler recipes I have on HBH, and quite honestly, I should probably be saving it for Super Simple Thursday, but this pasta salad just felt like a fun way to kick the week off. Like I said above, if you’re going to eat salad today, why not make it of the pasta filled kind, you know?

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad being tossed together in bowl

With August here, the summer produce is at its peak. This makes cooking with fresh ingredients easier than any other time of year.

Enter in this fresh corn, tomato, and avocado salad. It’s summer in a bowl. It’s also so delicious, pretty healthy (try using brown rice or lentil pasta to make it even healthier), and highlights all of summer’s best in season produce.

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OK. Details. Details.

To start, find your favorite short cut pasta. I used an organic variety from Costco that I love using for pasta salads, but use your personal favorite. To give this salad even more of a health boost, use brown rice pasta, whole grain, or even a lentil pasta. All would be really great in this salad!

As mentioned, this is a QUICK and almost no cook recipe. While the pasta is boiling (the only cooking you will do), prep all the remaining ingredients. For the fresh corn, you have a few options. I personally like to leave the corn raw and toss it up with the hot pasta. The heat from the pasta will warm the corn, but still leaves it with a nice bite, which I love. If you’re not a fan of raw corn, you can used grilled corn or toss the corn in with the boiling pasta water for a few minutes until it is cooked.

The rest of the salad is a mix of cherry tomatoes, herbs, avocado, and cheddar cheese. Good summer flavors.

Here’s the key to this pasta. As soon as you drain the pasta, toss it with the herbs and cheddar cheese while the pasta is still steaming. Hot pasta equals melty cheese, which equals extra delicious pasta. Trust me on this. I know this may not be the usual way to make a pasta salad, but guys, it’s good!

Once you’ve tossed the pasta, add the remaining ingredients and serve. You can eat this warm or at room temperature, but me being the hot food lover that I am, I like this best while it is still a little warm.

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Also, this is great recipe for back to school lunches or bring to work lunches. The pasta holds up really well in the fridge and would be great to make on a Sunday for the week ahead. Just add the avocado the day of, so that it doesn’t get brown.

It’s kind of as quick and easy as that. What I love most about this pasta recipe is that it really does use some of summer’s best ingredients. So if you have a surplus of fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and basil lying around, this is the recipe to make.

OH, and I have to mention, if you have any other herbs on hand besides the basil, say thyme and or oregano, throw them in too, they would be awesome in this. Use what you have or what you love! It’s always important to adapt recipes to your taste!

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If you make this corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. Oh, and of course, if you do make this pasta, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6

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  • 1 pound short cut pasta
  • 1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan, manchego, or pecorino cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
  • 1 pinch crushed red peppers flakes
  • 1 pinch (each) kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 ears grilled or steamed corn, kernels removed from the cobb
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced


  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, add the basil, olive oil, cheddar, parmesan, lemon juice, chives, and a pinch each of crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a large serving bowl. Add the hot pasta and toss vigorously to combine. 
    3. Add the corn, and tomatoes, tossing to combine. Top the pasta with avocado. Season with freshly cracked pepper and salt. 

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  1. 2 stars
    I love a good pasta salad but this lacked flavor. After following the recipe i ended duo adding more spices and some white balsamic vinegar for more flavor, as well as red onions.

      1. 4 stars
        Liked this dish very much. I think that what I consider a « pinch » of crushed red pepper flakes, etc. is much smaller than what I should have used. Now I know. This is a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    My friend is a big fan of yours. She Purchased your cookbooks and shared with us this recipe. This dish is fantastic! Full of flavor with a light dressing. This is a perfect blend of seasons and veggies. Making this a regular dish in my home! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Hey Linda,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. I used “Jersey Beef tomatoes” instead of cherry tomatoes. Its such a refreshing pasta salad. Thank you

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Wonderful! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Wonderful! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Perfect for our 4th weekend. Our store didn’t have chives, so we substituted green onion and it was still delicious! Thank for you making recipes so accessible!

    1. Hey Nancy,
      I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Happy 4th of July!🇺🇸 xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! Fresh, light, healthy pasta salad. Perfect for a summer dinner party. I will make this again.

    1. Hey Christine,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! Made it for a backyard party and served it cold. I prepped everything in advance and then added avocado & tossed when it was time to serve. I used an entire basil plant and split the leaves, using 1/2 for pesto, and 1/2 for adding into the pasta salad.
    Found myself tweaking at the end for flavor, adding a few more chopped chives, several pinches of salt and an extra squeeze of lemon. Overall, delicious! And so refreshing.

    Thanks, Teighan, as always! xxx

    1. Hey Kitty,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Melanie,
      Absolutely, that will work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for pre-Father’s Day dinner- delicious! Only change was to add 2 T pesto to the oil in dressing & cut back on the fresh basil because of it…

    1. Hey Lee,
      Wonderful! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it! Have a lovely week:) xTieghan

  8. I love this recipe! Fresh, summery, quick & easy, YUMMY!! It was great as soon as I made it, and stayed moist and delicious for the next day! Thanks, Teighan! Keep them coming😉!
    You’re the best,

    1. Hey Kerry,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have the best week:) xTieghan

  9. Hi Tieghan! If I wanted to add diced grilled chicken breast to this, what kind of chicken would you suggest? Pesto? Marinaded? Would love some ideas to add protein to this! Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hey Kaley,
      You could really do whatever you wanted! I think pesto or your fave marinade would both work great here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  10. This looks scrumptious! Is it meant to be served warm? I love your recipes and beautiful outlook on life.
    Thanks Tieghan!

    1. Hey Nancy,
      This can be served warm, room temp, or cold. It’s good any of those ways! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  11. Hi! I am having a bbq with 32 adults & 25 kids and want to make this as a side! How much do you think I should multiply recipe by?? Thanks!

    1. Hey Laura,
      You can actually adjust the serving size manually above the list of ingredients. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  12. Hello! I made this yesterday and it seems to have gone quite dry overnight.. any ideas on how to moisten it?

  13. Hello! I ended up making this yesterday and this morning it seems to be quite dry..🤔 I was planning on bringing it to a picnic this evening.. Do you have any ideas as to how to moisten it?

    1. Hey Jane,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try, was there anything you may have adjusted? You could add some more olive oil and lemon juice here. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    This has been my standard pasta salad recipe ever since it was published! I love how fresh it is! Would I be able to make it ahead of time or would it go dry?

    1. Hey Jane,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Totally fine to make ahead:) Have a fantastic week! xTieghan

  15. This was so delicious and quick and easy to make! I love that you post a variety of simple and more complex recipes! I work a ton and love recipes that are quick easy and fresh, especially ones that make a lot and are good leftover! I made it with chickpea protein pasta and was really fresh and delicious.

  16. Hi, Tieghan, I’m new to your blog (!) and love it. I am that poor soul who hates to cook but eats every meal at home, so this kind of recipe is perfect for me. I don’t really like avocados, so I’m trying it without. I like that you encourage using ingredients on hand.
    I was born and raised in snowy Colorado and now live in sunny Arizona where I no longer worry about needing a jacket in the evenings. Oh, the pain I remember in losing summer every year.
    Beautiful blog and LOVE simple recipes.

    1. Aw I am so happy you have been enjoying my blog! I hope you continue to! Thank you so much Corine! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jill,
      This will keep overnight. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    Just had to comment and tell Aiden that she/he is SO RUDE for bringing unnecessary negativity to your page! Your recipes rock and you shouldn’t be sorry for posting a recipe like this. Always drives me nuts when people give unsolicited advice. If you don’t like it, don’t make it.

    Can’t wait to make this! I love the simple recipes as well,

  18. 5 stars
    Another homerun recipe from Tieghan! I made this tonight and not only was it and fast and easy as promised, it’s somehow even more delicious than I was expecting. The spices and the cheese blend are so flavorful but don’t overpower the produce. I paired it with a little salmon steak and a LaCroix and it was such a perfect summer delight!

  19. 5 stars
    This was another winner meal for us so thank you Tieghan! We loved it, and the addition of lemon juice was so refreshing. (Added some lemon zest too). There is just a little leftover, but I think there’s going to be a race to the fridge tomorrow to see who gets it.

  20. 5 stars
    I can’t remember if I’ve already left a review of this recipe but it is a delicious and fast recipe that I keep coming back to! Great for using summer veggies!

  21. 5 stars
    This salad is sooo delicious as described!! It’s like a burst of summer flavors, so fresh!! Everything was grown within 4 miles of my house, except the pasta and avocado!! I served with BBQ boneless chicken which was the perfect compliment. This will be going into our rotation!!!

  22. My friend made this last night for our “Supper Club”. She substituted lettuce for pasta because we are trying to do less carbs and it was….amazing. I am still thinking about the fresh and delicious salad. Thanks!

  23. Thank you for posting this simple end of summer recipe. You’re right, it is as hot as hell out there in August & sometimes the motivation for cooking gets lost. Plus being able to use up the abundance of tomatoes & herbs from the garden is great… and corn is super cheap & available at the farmer’s market. Loved this. It is now in my arsenal of easy pasta dinners & will make it frequently when in a pinch.

  24. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe and it’s so good!!! Little kick with the red pepper, i used pepper jack cheese because that’s what i had. One large beefsteak tomato. I’m not a fan of cold pasta salad so this is amazing when it’s French and warm.

  25. I’m so glad you posted this recipe! Although simple, it’s a combo I would not have considered on my own. I also love that it’s the kind of recipe where we can substitute a couple of items if we don’t have everything on hand. I can’t wait until we can safely have potlucks again as this one is on my list! Love your recipes and the photos are always spectacular and worth the post even if I don’t plan to make that particular item! Cheers!

    1. Aw that is so amazing to hear! I am really glad you liked this recipe, Leslie! I hope you continue to love the others I post as well! xTieghan

  26. This pasta was the absolutely best ever. I did make a few changes. I added Feta Cheese and mixed with Zesty Italian dressing and Creamy Italian dressing. I did not add the basil because the dressing were enough bold flavor needed. It was even better the next day after refrigeration overnight. FIVE STARS!!!

    1. Hi Tonya! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! Thank you so much for trying it!! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    This was fantastic! My husband loved it. Used veggies from our garden. Added zucchini to it. Used homemade spaghetti noodles because that is what we had on hand. Avocado was good but would skip it next time. Good without it! Thanks!

  28. 5 stars
    Made this for my family of serious foodies. They loved it!
    It tasted like summer!! Delicious and we all were craving the next day. Sadly, there was none left. I will be making again soon. Thank you for another great recipe!!!

  29. My whole family loves your recipes (we especially love your instagram!). My brother-in-law whipped this up a few days ago and my boyfriend and I were obsessed. So easy yet so tasty! I already picked up corn and tomatoes to make this again today! Thank you for your cooking & baking inspiration!

  30. Can you make this ahead of time or should it be served warm? I am worried if I make it before and let it sit that it would become dry?

    1. Hi Caitlin,
      I like to serve this warm but it is also great at room temp. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    This dish was awesome. It’s delicious and takes less than half an hour to make – and makes a lot! It’s so nice and summery, this is totally going to be my go-to cookout dish (when we can go to cookouts again…). I also had no idea you could eat corn without cooking it first, and I really liked the sweet burst of flavor it gave!

  32. 5 stars
    Refreshing and absolutely delicious! Thank you for helping me use my summer garden produce, keep up the great work HBH!

  33. 3 stars
    I am wondering why you would add the basil in before the hot pasta where the hot pasta would discolor and “cook” the basil you’re saying to add before hand. It’s good, but nothing special and the darkened, wilted pasta is a shame. Totally bummed.

    1. HI Avi! I love adding the basil to the hot pasta. The heat from the pasta activates the flavors of the basil, infusing the pasta with delicious basil flavor throughout. Of course, if you prefer, you can add the basil once the pasta has cooled off. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    I enjoy recipe suggestions like the one for this pasta salad. I mean there is a base and then you can add all different kinds of ingredients with what you have on hand or what’s in season. My family loved the corn and fresh cherry tomatoes. I had a boatload of fresh basil on the front porch I had to use. Corn and tomatoes are at their peak in August. I added a teaspoonful of dijon mustard to the vinegarette to make it a little creamier and added a little more salt. I’m already thinking about a version with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro with a squirt of sriracha. Or maybe a French tuna pasta salad with chopped cornichons, finely diced red onion and capers with a lemon/mayo/thyme based dressing for my bridge ladies?
    I know Aiden’s comment is a year old, but ouch! Recipes are as much literal as inspirational. I’m frequently inspired unless I want to learn a new technique and then it’s literal. Hmmm – like the idea? Do something to make it your own.
    Tieghan, I love your blog and the way you write. You’re friendly and unpretentious. When I need a pick-me-up, I visit with you to enjoy your beautiful photography, your stories, and your great recipes. Good job, kiddo. Keep up your excellent work. I’m building up the courage and slimming my waistline (HA!) to try your Canadian poutine. 😉

    1. Hi Linda! You are too sweet and I am sure anyway you decide to make this would turn out amazing! Let me know how they go! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    I made this twice in the past week! Perfect summer salad with fresh veggies. As someone who is not a big cheese fan, this pasta struck the balance of just the right amount of cheese. This will be a go-to recipe for years because of all the variations.

  36. Hi Tiegan! I love following you on Instagram. All of your recipes are amazing! THANK YOU! I am considering making this salad for a pool party this weekend. Thinking of cooking the pasta ahead of time and then mixing everything in once I get to the party. Does the corn have to be fresh or can you use frozen (i.e. Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn)? Thanks again!

    1. Hey Claudia! You can actually toss the entire salad together the day before, just add the avocado right before you serve. This is the perfect make ahead pasta salad! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you for all you kind words!! ! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    I loved this!! Healthy fresh and super easy. I made it with leftovers from the weekend and added chicken

  38. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I hadn’t thought of adding corn to a pasta salad and it turned out to be a really delicious addition. It was easy to put together and just what I needed after a very busy day.

  39. 5 stars
    May this for the 4th and it was a huge hit! It was super easy and quick to pull together. New summer favorite!

  40. 5 stars
    Made this for 4th of July, it was a huge hit! Love that there’s no mayo. The corn adds a good crunch!

  41. 5 stars
    Was looking for something as a side dish to go with your BBQ chicken (my FAVE!!)– this is perfect! I can’t wait to try it! Will be adding spinach and cucumber for some more greens– wish me luck that it will still taste as delicious as your recipe.

  42. I love your recipes and do not normally comment but just wanted to say I think Aiden is way off base. If such an opinion must be shared, it certainly could be done in a less biting way. Having said that, I love seeing simple recipes like this one-I just thought today that I’d like to make a simple pasta salad to take to the pool with me for an easy to eat, summery snack or meal and I’m going to use this as a base to make it my own. It also led me to the white bean and goat cheese pasta salad that will definitely make it into my kitchen next week, if not sooner.

    It’s nice to know that someone as skilled in the kitchen as you still appreciates the simple dishes, too and I love seeing the variety in posts. Made the garlic butter creamed corn chicken last week for meal prep and it was the tastiest thing I’d eaten in months!!! Kudos to you ?

    1. Hi Naseem! Thank you for this comment! I am so happy to hear that you love my work and enjoy reading just a sweet message! xTieghan

  43. 5 stars
    Simple and fresh—we loved it. Subbed artichoke for the corn since it’s what I had on hand and added bell pepper and shredded rotisserie chicken. It was the perfect summer dinner. Thanks so much—you’ve never steered me wrong!

  44. 5 stars
    This is sooooo good! I just made it as a side for Father’s Day dinner and I can’t stop eating it. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  45. 5 stars
    WOW! This was so delicious and flavorful and easy to make. I don’t think this recipe was a waste of time like another reader saidbecause I’ve been cooking for 20 years and am just fresh out of ideas to throw together something. Well done?

    1. Hi Shayne! That is so sweet. I am so glad you loved this recipe! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  46. This recipe looks SO good. I can’t wait to try it when cherry tomatoes are back in season…let the count down begin (I also just emailed your Greek watermelon feta salad to myself in preparation for summer). With two kids at home under 3, it is sometimes a struggle to find recipes that they get excited about and that don’t require a ton of man hours in the kitchen. So I do appreciate these posts and we’ll let you know how it goes in another month or so! I am sure the kids will give it their stamp of approval! Thank you, and love, the continuous posts and great ideas.

    1. I am so glad you find these helpful, Tamra! I hope you love all of the summer recipes and they are all easy on you! Thank you! xTieghan

  47. 5 stars
    I loved this! I guess the fact that I googled for a recipe for warm avocado salad shows my lack of cooking skills/knowledge. This was easy to follow, I changed the basil to flat leaf parsley as that’s all I had, and used canned sweetcorn, but your recipe gave me the idea and confidence to give it a go. Think it took me longer to convert measurements to UK weights than it did to make 😀 I’ll definitely be making again… and using as base to experiment. Thank you

  48. I made this recipe and I was so impressed that such a simple recipe can taste this good! I didn’t have any cherry tomatoes and it still tastes great. I added chilly flakes and used Parmesan. Thanks for sharing!

  49. This was so incredibly easy to make and so delicious!! It is the perfect summer side dish. This pasta will definitely be featured a lot at my home!

  50. Hi, This recipe is delicious. I made it for dinner last night and the flavors are great. I added grilled chicken to the recipe too. It’s perfect for the hot and humid days this summer. It came together in no time and can’t wait to make it again.
    I loved this ! thank you so much.
    keep your recipes coming ! I just wish I had more time to try all of them !

  51. Very good! Was put of lemons so subbed red wine vinegar. I also grilled some zucchini and added it with the other veggies. Served with grilled chicken.

  52. 5 stars
    I made this last night and everyone loved it! The pictures looked so good I decided to double the recipe and now we have leftovers for lunch. I’ve been following you for a few years and always appreciate all of your creativity and recipes. It’s nice to have a recipe that I know I can throw together with ease and is a hit it my family. Thank you!

  53. 5 stars
    Great pasta salad! I added some romaine and it was a wonderful salad to take to a Backyard BBQ-themed dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I am so glad you loved this! Thank you Diane! I hope you had an amazing backyard BBQ themed dinner.. sounds so fun!!

  54. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was so good!! I used feta instead of cheddar simply bc that’s what I had, but everyone gobbled this up! I was able to use some leftover grilled corn and added a few kalamata olives to my daughter and my dish. This will be going into my summer recipe collection! Simple and delicious! Thanks for the yummy recipes!!

  55. 5 stars
    I have made this pasta twice already, it went over so well with my big family that they requested it again the very next day when someone was poking around the fridge for leftovers and there weren’t any. It was easy to make, and included simple ingredients that everyone likes but in a great flavor combination. We’re in New Jersey and we have great corn and tomatoes this time of year, and we have some basil growing in the backyard, so it felt like I was making such a fresh and local farm-to-table type of dinner. I will definitely make this again and again as it’s a great dish for a group. I followed the recipe exactly, although my photo wasn’t as beautiful. In general I love getting your email recipes and always look forward to trying some new things from HalfBakeHarvest as I’m not a great cook but everything I’ve made is always good. Thank you!

    1. I am so happy to hear that you and your family loved this recipe Erin! Also, love how you were able to use local ingredients! Thank you!

  56. I made this last and it was delicious! So fresh, seasonal, and easy to pull together on a week night. I have taken it to work for lunch along with half an avocado to mix in. I ate it warm for dinner but enjoyed it cold for lunch. The only change I made was to top with extra Parmesan because you can never have too much cheese ?. I appreciate a recipe that’s both simple and delicious, so thank you!

  57. 5 stars
    YUM. My only issue with this recipe is that I can’t stop eating it! I used pepper jack cheese since I had it on hand, this was incredible. The avocado made the best sauce with the olive oil and the cheeses. And it was so easy!!

  58. My husband and I made this tonight for dinner. Great, easy, fresh weekend meal. We will definitely make again. Thank you for sharing!!

  59. 5 stars
    This pasta salad is one of the best things I’ve made in a long time, and I cook a lot! It was warm, perfect, flavorful, and a texture sensation. Perfection. Thank you Tiegen, you have a real gift for recipe development for healthy simple everyday food.

  60. 5 stars
    I just wanted to say that this recipe is so incredible and easy!! While working weird hours on a daily basis, it is really nice to come home and try a new recipe without it taking more than 45 mins to make. Tieghan you are amazing and keep making these fantastic recipes for us please!!!

  61. This was delicious! I especially liked eating it freshly made as the cheeses melded perfectly with the other flavors. Added some crusty Italian bread and we were set. Used cavatappi as I couldn’t find anything else short. We’re having it cold for dinner tonight as well. Love leftovers! It did take me a little longer than the 25 minutes. Probably more like 45. Lots of chopping, etc. But worth the wait:)

    1. HI! I like to add an extra drizzle of olive oil and a splash of lemon juice to give it a little zing! Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan

  62. Hi Tieghan,
    I tried hitting ‘reply’ to respond to your earlier message, but for some reason, it didn’t work. Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful response. I appreciate your concern.

    We made this pasta salad for supper tonight and it was delish! We used marinated artichoke hearts rather than corn and added some grilled chicken breasts we had on hand to make it a little more filling. We enjoyed a very tasty supper with a glass of rosé. Perfect for a very hot summer day. Thanks!

  63. I love your recipes and just searched your blog last week for a pasta salad to make for a barbecue we went to. I wanted something simple but elevated like all your recipes. Can’t wait to try this.

  64. Simple summer cooking is my favorite and this pasta salad is so perfect for these hot August days!

  65. 5 stars
    I made this and used feta instead of cheddar and parmesan, so delicious and loved the minimal effort! Great summer meal, and I will definitely make it again 🙂

  66. This pasta salad looks like exactly what we need in our weekly line up ! My boyfriend and I are ALL ABOUT seasonal ingredients used in simple ways sometimes I love to get down in the kitchen but more often, I need recipes like this in my repertoire when I want something delicious but quick and simple. And this in particular seems like a welcome departure from the tabbuleh we’ve been making for the past 3 weeks (sooo good and so fresh). Thank you ! Summer produce is where it’s at, I’ll miss it. PS – Making your peach and burrata pizza tomorrow !

    1. I hope you LOVE the peach and burrata pizza Megan! Thank you so much! Also Summer produce is the BEST, I will miss it as well!

  67. Just a quick word of encouragement – I rarely comment but I read your blog religiously, every day for at least a year, probably closer to two. Post whatever you want! Your recipes are beautiful, accessible, and delicious. Every time.

  68. Obviously Aiden’s mother never taught him, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t complain about people giving you free recipes that actually take a lot of time and money to deliver. You are doing an amazing job– don’t let anyone make you feel bad about whatever you decide to serve up.

  69. Looks like the perfect recipe to use up my garden basil and the plethora of cherry tomatoes that are coming in! 🙂 And for what it’s worth, while I love baking and spending extra time in the kitchen on weekends, I love having simple week-night recipes. They are practical for many people too with busy schedules and who work away from home and commute!

  70. It’s too bad people have to post unkind comments. If the post isn’t for you, just move on, please.

    Tieghan, I want to thank you for all your great recipes. Even though I’ve been cooking for many years, and people say I cook gourmet, I can run out of ideas or get stuck in a rut. Actually, your tomato toast recipe last week, saved the day for me. We’ve been spending countless hours going back and forth to the hospital to be with a sick friend. The emotional exhaustion left me feeling like I couldn’t make a thing for supper, but you inspired me. I made a garden salad and the tomato toast and we had a nice, refreshing and nutritious summer meal, that beat take-out!

    Also, with your recipe today, you shared a great tip about adding the cheese while the pasta is still warm. Now, eager to try this.. You work so hard and give very generously of your time and talents. I’m sure many of your readers really appreciate it, even if we don’t always comment. Blessings.

    1. Hi Carolynn! This is so sweet and I am so glad you shared your thoughts with me. I am glad you find some inspiration in my recipes and sometimes you just need a quick and simple recipe! Also, I hope your friend is doing better and wish him or her the best!

  71. I agree…Love to have the mix of recipes from simple to more complex. You are awesome…keep up the great work. Thanks

  72. This looks delicious and I love that you mix it up between more complex and simple recipes! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  73. 5 stars
    Fun recipe. Will probably make as a side with steak (cut in half, of course). Yes simple, creative, complex. A mix is great. Sometimes I like to spend all day in kitchen; other days I don’t.

  74. I am a reader that loves your simple recipes, even more than the complicated ones. I live in a tiny apartment in a major city and have zero space (or inclination) to make anything more complicated than this. Thanks for creating posts for all types of readers, Tieghan! And this look DELICIOUS.

    1. Thank you so much Caitlyn! I am so glad you love the simple recipes on my blog! I love to give you guys a variety of recipes! I hope you continue to love my blog!

  75. Looks good but I personnaly think it’s a shame you waste a post on this kind of recipe. Anyone who cooks a minima can throw this kind of salad together, no? Like your tomato & cheese toast last week, nothing really new… Simple can sure be the best but no one needs mile-long recipes to do that. It sure must be difficult to suggest something new every day, how about posting less (3-4 times a week?) but staying creative with original recipes? Love your blog but my friends & I have the feeling you’re sometimes getting bored with cooking or you’re too busy with your many projects.

    1. Hey Aiden, thanks so much for the feedback and for reading. I am sorry you feel this recipe is boring. I really like to have a wide variety of both creative and simple recipes here on HBH and while I don’t do it too often, I still love to share the recipes I make for a quick dinner on busy nights. I personally love this recipe and have been making it all summer long, so why not share it with my readers? Most do love my simple recipes and appreciate that I have a mix of simple and easy, to not so simple. The good news is that I have so many recipes on the blog for people to choose from that you can really just take your pick, simple or not so simple! I hope that helps to clear things up for you. Thanks again. xTieghan

    1. HI! It’s Gemelli pasta. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan