Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses, Sides
Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Seasonal summer veggies shine in this simple salad that’s fresh, flavorful and fabulous. It’s that time of the year when grills are working overtime and light and refreshing side dishes are on the menu. We’re serving up two summertime staples—zucchini and sweet corn—in one delicious picnic pasta salad!

Featuring whole wheat pasta and creamy ricotta cheese, this easy summer salad recipe is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue. Simply sauté zucchini, minced garlic and black pepper in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Once the zucchini is soft, add in the sweet corn and fresh basil. Cook for two minutes, then stir in part skim ricotta cheese and the whole wheat pasta. Finally, garnish with parmesan cheese and any fresh herbs you’re craving!

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Pro Tip: You can enjoy this Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad warm and straight out of the pan. However, we think it’s just as good chilled and served as a cold side salad. It’s perfect for those hot summer days!

One serving of this Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pasta Salad contains 169 calories. If you’re on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan, you can log it as one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb in your NuMi app journal.

While there’s not enough veggies in this summer pasta salad recipe to check off one of your daily Vegetable servings, you can feel free to add more! Try it with more zucchini or another non-starchy summer veggie that you enjoy. Bell peppers and tomatoes are always tasty additions to summer salads!

Our Zucchini Corn Pasta Salad is the perfect accompaniment to a protein-packed, grilled main course. We think you’ll love it with an easy grilled chicken recipe, such as this Grilled Balsamic Chicken or Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs! Or perhaps you’re craving some grilled seafood. If that’s the case, try this Cedar Plank Salmon or Shrimp and Salmon Skewers. Need something a little more hearty? Our Marinated Steak Kebabs should fit the bill!

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Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 169

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 SmartCarb

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese, part skim
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in zucchini, garlic and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, until zucchini is soft.
  3. Add in corn and basil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in ricotta cheese and pasta. Mix well.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Serve warm or chilled.
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