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Fresh lemony pasta salad

The little boys are at daycare for the day, Dan is working hard in the sky and I have the entire day to get things accomplished. Chris Martin is serenading me as I edit photos and write up recipes and take pictures of ice cream. I can't wait to share my very first ice cream recipe with you! That will have to wait till early next week, though. I have a "few" things above that on my to-do list. 

Monday is my birthday. Having a birthday on a Monday would normally be a bummer, but not this year. Dan has Mondays off, and with my schedule being flexible, it is music to my ears! Dan has a fun day planned for us, and I am very much looking forward to spending time with him. Elijah keeps loudly whispering that he has a secret he needs to tell me about. Then he mouths something that he desperately wants me to hear but that I can't actually hear. Secrets are hard to keep!

As a very kind birthday gift, a friend of mine has offered to drive out to the dropzone and watch the boys tomorrow while I make a few skydives! That will make two weekends in a row! 

It's gonna be paraaa-paraaa-paradise! Paraaa-paraaa-paradise! Paraaa-paraaa-paradise! Whoa-ohh-ohh-oh-ohh-ohhh-ohh-ohh..

Sorry, Chris was distracting me. :)

What was I talking about?! Uhhm, how about the weather? It has continued to be hot, which I still refuse to complain about. The heat makes me want to be in or near water constantly and also eat nothing but salads. I LOVE this delicious little salad I threw together last week. The only downfall was that the avocados didn't last long, so I had to eat it quickly. Shucks.

Start by grilling a few ears of corn. Coat them with butter, salt and pepper and wrap them up in foil.

Grill over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Rotate them every 5 minutes or so.

Once they have cooled, cut the corn off the cobs with a sharp knife. This always makes me think of my dad because it is the only way he has ever eaten corn on the cob. 

In a large bowl, combine:

2 ears of corn, grilled and cut from cobs

8-oz. package fresh mozzarella pearls

10.5-oz. package cherry tomatoes, halved

2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped

16-oz. package farfalle pasta, cooked to al dente

3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped

Carefully mix the ingredients together with a large spoon. Do your best not to smoosh the fragile avocados and pasta.

In a small bowl, combine:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup white wine vinegar

Juice from 1 lemon (I loved how lemony the end product tasted, but if you don't like super lemony foods just use juice from 1/2 of a lemon instead)

Salt and pepper, to taste 

Whisk the dressing and pour it over the pasta salad.

Mix well (and carefully).

Refrigerate for a bit to chill, and serve!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Fresh Lemony Pasta Salad

One of my fave summer-time salads to snack on!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Jul 20, 2012

Serves: 8

Total time: 25 min

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie


  • 16-oz. package farfalle pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 8-oz. package fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 10.5-oz. package cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 ears of corn, grilled and corn cut from cobs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, avocados, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and corn. Carefully combine ingredients with hands or with a large spoon. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate and serve.



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Reader Comments (3)

You have inspired me to grill tomorrow. I'm absolutely making this. While you're off defying gravity, I'll be stuffing my face with summer salad awesomeness.


07.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

This looks like a wonderful summer salad! Completely full of light summer flavors, I can't wait to try it out!

This looks delicious! Love the lemon, avocado, corn. Oh and those delicious little tomatoes.. Fresh mozzarella.... OK, the whole thing sounds perfect :D

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