This Parmesan Pasta Salad is tossed with blanched asparagus, corn and sun-dried tomatoes and tossed in a creamy Parmesan Dressing. Adding Parmesan cheese to the mayonnaise and sour cream sauce adds another level of flavor! This will be a summer salad recipe you will make for years to come.

So fresh and delicious, this parmesan pasta salad is perfect for any gathering, no matter what time of year it may be. And, you will be guaranteed that you will be asked for this recipe over and over again!

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We love summer salad recipes!

Most people love a delicious summer salad recipe. Grumpy is no exception! He loves the tuna fish and green pea version of macaroni salad the most. He also loves Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad recipe.

Parmesan Pasta Salad is different than most pasta salad recipes. It has the tang of sun-dried tomatoes with a fresh bite of freshly blanched asparagus. This Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing was a huge hit with Grumpy!

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What you need to know for making a perfect Pasta Salad!

  • Always rinse your hot cooked pasta with cold water when you plan to eat it in a cold salad! Rinsing in cold water will stop the pasta from cooking. Similar to shocking your vegetables in cold water, your pasta will keep its toothsome texture when you do this.
  • Pasta is going to soak up moisture. Because of this, if you have leftovers you need to refrigerate, your salad can seem dry the next day. The easy solution to this is to add a little more mayonnaise until it is creamy enough for you.
  • Mayonnaise on its own can have a “heavy” taste and feel to it. I freshen this dish up more by using half mayonnaise and half sour cream in the dressing mixture.
  • I like the results of this recipe with dried Parmesan Cheese. Your dressing will be “looser” if you go with fresh cheese over dried.

How to make Parmesan Pasta Salad

Cook your pasta: I recommend rotini pasta as I love the way the dressing catches up in the spirals. Cook your pasta according to the package your product came in.

Rotini, corn, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus in mixing bowl

Remove the cooked pasta from your hot water by using a slotted spoon and place in a strainer. Immediately rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the pasta from cooking. Do not drain the water from the pasta. You will use this water to blanch your vegetables.

Add asparagus to boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice cold water to shock it and stop it from cooking. Once cold, remove from water and drain.

Creamy Parmesan Dressing on top of salad ingredients

Add corn to boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice cold water to shock it and stop it from cooking. Once cooled, remove from water and cut kernels of corn from the corn cob. See tips below for how to cut the kernels from the cob.

Place your salad ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make the parmesan dressing and add it to your salad ingredients. Once the dressing has coated your salad, refrigerate until ready to eat.

Pasta Salad in blue storage bowl for refrigerator storage

How to strip the corn from the cob

  • Place the corn, stem side down on a sturdy cutting board.
  • Holding the top end of the corn, using a sharp knife, start at the top and cut downward using a sawing motion.
  • Continue to cut down the ear of corn until all kernels have been removed from the cob.
Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

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Yield: 8 servings

Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Easy Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing has a ton of flavor and a fresh touch from blanched corn on the cob and asparagus. The tang of sun-dried tomatoes adds another level of flavor. I promise if you share this version of a pasta salad this summer, everyone will be asking you for the recipe!


For the Salad:

  • 1/2 lb dried fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato, cut into thin strips
  • 2 ears fresh corn on the cob, blanched, cold shocked and stripped from cob
  • 1 lb asparagus, blanched, cold shocked, and cut into bite sized pieces

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse under cold water. Prep your veggies and mix into pasta. Set aside to combine dressing. Combine dressing ingredients and fold into pasta mixture. Chill, serve, & enjoy!

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/8 of recipe

Amount Per Serving Calories 272Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 22mgSodium 324mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 8g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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