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Summer Tomato and Corn Pasta Salad

A fresh summery pasta salad with sunblush tomatoes, tomatoes, corn and a herb dressing. So quick to put together.

A large bowl of summer pasta salad

Summer Pasta Salad

This weeknight pasta in a flash is actually a pasta salad.

In the Summer we really enjoy cold pasta salads. Now I'm not talking claggy leftover pasta, I'm talking about firm, glossy pasta with Summer flavours and colours that pop.

Pasta salad shouldn't just be a scoop on the side of your plate at a BBQ or a small tub quickly grabbed out a chiller cabinet for a hurried lunch at your desk. It deserves it's place at the dinner table too.

a close up of tomato and sweetcorn pasta salad

Belly Button Pasta

For this salad I used my favourite salad pasta shape which I call belly button pasta. It's real name is Messicani, but belly button pasta is more fun.

If you have trouble finding it, I buy mine in M&S and Tesco now sell it.

I made a dressing of basil and rapeseed oil, added sunblush tomatoes, fresh Santini tomatoes  and sweetcorn, with a dollop of Mr Organic Sundried Tomato Pesto (which is vegan) thrown in for extra flavour.

Quick Pasta Dish

This summery pasta salad only takes a few minutes to make once the pasta is cooked, so it's great for weeknight meals.

 I made enough for us to enjoy a portion for lunch the next day and Cooper and I had a little fresh mozzarella in ours, but that's optional.

Do you like cold pasta salads or do you prefer your pasta hot?

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Pasta Tip

For the glossiest, firm pasta in a pasta salad, rinse the just-cooked pasta under cold water until it is completely cold. If you do this you will have shiny pasta and no claggy pasta disasters.

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a bowl of summer tomato and corn pasta salad
Summer Tomato and Corn Pasta Salad
A fresh summery pasta salad with sunblush tomatoes, tomatoes, corn and a herb dressing. So quick to put together.
  • 500g dried Messicani pasta
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 jar sunblush tomatoes, plus a glug of the oil
  • 150 - 200g santini tomatoes (or other)
  • 340g sweetcorn
  • 2 tbsp Mr Organic Sundried Tomato Pesto (or similar)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Cook the pasta according to the packet until al dente. Drain and rinse under a cold tap until the pasta is cold and glossy (this is the secret to a great pasta salad). Shake off as much water as possible.2. While that pasta is cooking whizz the basil and rapeseed oil into a dressing. Use scissors to snip the sunblush tomatoes in their jar, drain the corn and cut the fresh tomatoes in half.3. Once the pasta is well drained, mix through the herb dressing and the pesto. 4. Next add the sunblush tomatoes and a glug of oil from the jar, which has a wonderful flavour, then add the fresh tomatoes and corn. Mix together well and season with black pepper.5. Serve and enjoy!notes: leftover pasta salad will keep happily in the fridge for a few days. Toss it before serving to re-coat in the oil.
Total time:
Yield: Serves 6

Pasta Salad Recipes

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  3. Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad - Simple Cooking
  4. Spinach, Cilantro (Coriander), Avocado Pasta Salad - Tastes Better from Scratch
  5. Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Salad - Last Ingredient
  6. Rocket & Mozzarella Farfalle Salad - Tinned Tomatoes

Food Budget

I priced this recipe up using supermarket ingredients. It costs £3.02 to make this popular family dish. That's just 50p per portion.

500g pasta shells = 50p
Half bag fresh basil = 35p
4 tbsp rapeseed oil = 20p
150g sundried tomatoes = 87p
15og cherry tomatoes = 41p
325g sweetcorn = 35p
2 tbsp tomato pesto = 34p

Total = £3.02 

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a bowl of spaghetti coated in tomato and roasted red pepper sauce

If you like my pasta salad, why not try one of my other pasta dishes. This Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce for spaghetti is one of our family favourites at the moment.


    1. Lovely pasta dish for a summer picnic. Blessings, Catherine

      1. Thanks Catherine and yes this would be perfect for a picnic :)

    2. That's fantastically colourful - you should be adding to Katie's Speedy Suppers since it's a cold pasta salad the theme is salads this month.

      1. Thanks Sarah and good thinking. I've added the link :)

    3. A great light and summery pasta dish. I am trying to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible at the moment.

      1. Because of the heat Dannii? It's not so hot up here in Scotland. I had to put a cardi on this afternoon.

    4. Hah, belly button pasta. I've never come across this shape before! I'm more of a hot pasta kind of a girl but then again I've never had cold pasta salads before. Maybe it's time for a change...

      1. Oh you have to try pasta salad Michelle. A good pasta salad is a thing of joy. Just make sure the pasta is al dente and you rinse it in cold water until cool. Then add the dressings.

    5. Love the combination of all those tomato flavours.... and belly button pasta!

      1. Hehe it is nice pasta and the flavour is great! More of a serving suggestion than recipe.

    6. I've seen that pasta at M&S and yes, it does look like a tummy button! Cooper must think it's cute :-) I rarely eat pasta these days (menopause and pasta don't mix...) but it is certainly a go-to for a quick meal. And healthy too when done as you have here. Yum!!

      1. Really, I didn't realise that about the menopause. That is a shame, it's so comforting and quick.

    7. Perfect for the heat we're having at the moment - so colourful too.

    8. I love salads like this. So simple yet rammed with fresh flavour and taste. Can't wait to get off this damn plane and get back home and start cooking with all the lovely ingredients I've brought home from Italy

      1. Oh you lucky thing Dom. I'm looking forward to catching those recipes :)

    9. I think the tomatoes this summer have been particularly flavoursome so I've been adding them to everything! This looks a lovely dinner

    10. looks delicious - that is really cute that you call it belly button pasta - must try it as I get stuck in either fusilli or penne pasta rut

      1. I know what you mean Johanna, we mostly eat penne, but I've been trying to make an effort and I don't think penne works as well for a cold pasta salad. Too big pieces I think. Bow pasta works well too!

    11. Looks very tasty and I cannot resist pasta salad at the buffet table!

      Thanks for submitting to Speedy Suppers, the round up is up now at 8 summer salad recipes and I am hosting in August with the theme "picnics".

    12. This looks lovely - and it's something I could prepare before I collect S from nursery! Might give it a shot!

      1. Yes it's nice and quick,, but super tasty. The secret is to rinse that pasta under cold water until the pasta is totally cold, to stop the cooking process.

    13. This looks tasty and easy to prepare! I'm definitely a meat lover so vegetarian food was something I ate really rarely (and I also never tried such a pasta salad), but I decided to eat and live healthier and well, the initiative of Meatless Mondays was my huge inspiration (I guess everyone interested in this lifestyle knows about the campaign but if not, I have read about our branch of it in Toronto here). So these were my first steps and now I'm trying to find my new favourite tastes... :)


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