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grilled corn salad with orzo

Grilled Corn Salad with Orzo Pasta

This grilled corn salad with orzo pasta and asparagus is a colourful healthy addition to a summertime menu. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine global vegetarian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 small ear of sweet corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small bunch asparagus
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1.5 tsp salt divided

Instructions
 

  • Bring 1 litre of water to boil with 1 tsp salt. Add the orzo pasta and cook for 7 minutes or as per pack instructions. Drain and keep aside.
  • Bend the asparagus spears so they break at the optimum point, giving you the top portions to cook and the more fibrous part of the stem to discard. Chop the asparagus into 1” batons. Blanche the asparagus in a small pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes and immerse in cold water to retain the green colour. Remove and dry out on a kitchen towel.
  • While the pasta is cooking, peel the husk layers and the silk from the corn. On an open flame, grill the corn, rotating periodically to get a uniform char all over. You’ll hear popping sounds as the corn gets charred all over. You can also do this on a grill, if you have one fired already.
  • Cool the grilled corn for around 5 minutes. Over a bowl, run a sharp knife shear to shuck the grilled corn kernels off the cob.
  • Deseed and chop the red bell pepper in 1 cm dice. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a pan and stir the chopped bell pepper on a high flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • To assemble the grilled corn salad, toss the orzo pasta, grilled corn kernels, blanched asparagus, sautéed bell pepper, mint leaves in the extra virgin oil, seasoning with 1/2 tsp salt or as per your liking. Squeeze the lemon and combine to mix well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

If you can't find orzo pasta or couldn't be bothered to stock it, which is totally understandable, go ahead with any short pasta like macaroni or elbows or small sized fusilli.
Asparagus has a frightfully short season in Bangalore, so you can either substitute it with tender green beans, cooking them similarly, or omit it. When in season, Namdhari's chain of stores stocks very good quality asparagus at very reasonable prices.