Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Healthy Summer Corn Pasta Salad

There’s just something about corn in the summertime.

Corn on the cob always makes me think of barbecuing, basking in the sun, and carefree summer vibes.

Even though I’m not a big fan of traditional BBQ food, I love the concept of BBQs — gathering together a group of friends on a hot summer evening to laugh, share stories, and most importantly, enjoy good food.

I’ve been working sweet corn into a lot of my summer meals lately. It is such a versatile addition to so many dishes, adding nice color, flavor and crunch.

Summer Corn Pasta Salad

Corn is also considered a whole grain, providing heart-protecting, belly-filling fiber. Despite the common misconception, it’s actually a very healthy carbohydrate option, containing a similar nutrition profile to whole wheat.

In the spirit of pot-lucking, I recently created this Sweet Corn Summer Pasta Salad using hearty whole grains, fresh veggies, and of course, my favorite summer staple.

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