Orzo Salad with Roasted Corn & Summer Squash Recipe

With its flattened-rice shape, orzo is a wonderful pasta for a salad. Here, roasted corn kernels burst with surprising sweetness, while an ample sprinkling of chopped parsley gives the salad a fresh green flavor.

do ahead Salad can be made up to two days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Toss to redistribute dressing and bring to room temperature before serving.

3 ears corn, husked and cleaned
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 cups 1⁄2-inch cubed zucchini
2 cups 1⁄2-inch cubed summer squash
3⁄4 cup chopped red onion
1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-pound box orzo
11⁄2 teaspoons salt, divided
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

1 Preheat oven to 400º.
2 Fill a pot with water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook until tender but firm, about 7-10 minutes. Drain orzo and allow it to cool.
3 Use a knife to cut corn from cobs. Discard cobs. Toss corn with garlic and 2 tablespoons oil and spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until fragrant and lightly browned, about 25 minutes, checking at least once to make sure corn is not too brown. Remove sheet from oven and allow corn to cool.
4 In a large bowl, combine orzo, corn, zucchini, summer squash, red onion, parsley, red wine vinegar, remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Stir to distribute ingredients evenly.

serves 8

Technique
Room Temperature, as Opposed to Cold
Warmth releases flavors. Cold foods are less flavorful. Most foods that are not meant to be hot are best served at room temperature rather than cold. The ideal for such foods is for no refrigeration at all. Refrigeration tightens the texture and traps moisture. But this is not always possible, especially with food safety standards. A gentle reheating helps after something has been refrigerated. If you’re serving food from the refrigerator, take it out several hours ahead. There are exceptions: Salads are best cold, as are ceviches. Cold foods have a refreshing quality, but even sushi is better if you let some of the chill fade.

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