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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!

A serving of summer salad recipe of pasta salad on a plate

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.
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Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

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!
4.55 from 11 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: parmesan pasta salad, Pasta, Salad, side dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 272kcal


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


  • 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!


Serving: 1/8 of recipe | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini June 27, 2011 at 11:06 am - Reply

    This is definitely something I would love to try Shelby!

  2. Pegasuslegend June 27, 2011 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Perfect for the 4th of July nice job!

  3. Michele O June 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Looks good.

  4. honeyb June 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Okay, so why won't you eat a hot dog? Just wondering because I won't either–probably haven't had one for about 20 years.

  5. Linda June 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Hi HoneyB! 🙂 You may not think that salad looks pretty, but it looks delicious to me!

    Hope your summer is going great. I just signed up for the Secret Recipe Club I found on your blog. 🙂

  6. Shelby June 28, 2011 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Katrina, I don't like them that much – and the only one I even am willing to put near my lips is a Hoffman Hot and then I tend to pass them by too and will go with a veggie dog. Mostly because I grew up in a home with a vegetarian mom and had both veggie dogs and regular ones….and always preferred the veggie. (taste wise!)

  7. Shelby June 28, 2011 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Hi Linda! Great to see you again and glad your in the SRC now! Maybe we will get paired, that would be awesome! 🙂 Miss you!

  8. Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I could definitely live on pasta and that pasta salad sounds just wonderful! I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day 🙂

  9. Cookin' Canuck June 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Cute story about your daughter-in-law. It sounds as though she hit the mark with this pasta salad.

  10. A SPICY PERSPECTIVE June 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    My kiddos would LOVE this! Wonderful recipes. 🙂

  11. TheIronYou July 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Great recipe. I love Parmesan cheese and this is such a clever way to taste all its goodness!
    I recently wrote an article on how real Parmesan cheese is made and on its nutritional value. Check it out and let me know your thoughts, I would really appreciated it!


    Mike @TheIronYou

  12. Megan @ MegUnprocessed June 7, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Wonderful salad. Great pictures too.

  13. Nicole June 8, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I am literally craving this. It looks SO good and I adore a great pasta salad. As I told you, that dressing is absolutely incredible!

  14. rosenny July 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    i made this for my girlfriends and it was a hit! thank you so much for this amazing recipe.

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  16. Monica June 4, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    YUM! I made this recipe with a green pepper and olives (we didn’t have corn or asparagus). It was so good!!

    • Shelby June 5, 2018 at 4:23 am - Reply

      Hi Monica! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  17. Sue July 27, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Do you use the marinated jarred sun dried tomatoes or the packaged ones? Thank you!

    • Shelby July 28, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Hi Sue, I use the dry packaged ones (I buy them at Trader Joes) however the oil packed ones are fine also! This is a delicious salad, I hope you enjoy it!

  18. Katerina @ diethood .com January 30, 2019 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredibly delicious!! My family would LOVE it!!

  19. Aimee Shugarman January 30, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I love easy pasta dishes!

  20. Alli January 30, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    That dressing really makes this salad. We absolutely love how easy and delicious this recipe is.

  21. Mallory Lanz January 30, 2019 at 9:41 am - Reply

    My husband just got a new grill and we’re making all the grilled meals. This is a perfect pairing! Thanks for a great recipe!

  22. Steph January 30, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I love all things pasta salad! Thanks for the tip of using half sour cream…great idea!

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