Michael Weschler
Makes 6 to 8 servings

You can assemble this colorful salad through step 5 up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill. For a shortcut, you can use 3 cups of frozen corn kernels, thawed, instead of the fresh corn. Prep and cook time: about 45 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 2 quarts water to a boil. Meanwhile, rinse green beans, trim off ends, and pull off any strings. Cut into 2- to 3-inch lengths. Add beans to boiling water and cook until barely tender to bite, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and immerse in ice water until cold; drain well.

Step 2

Fill same pan with 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add orzo and cook until barely tender to bite, 8 to 11 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well.

Step 3

Meanwhile, husk corn, discarding silk; rinse ears. Holding each ear upright in a large, deep bowl, cut off kernels close to the cob.

Step 4

To make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, shallots, mustard, tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

In a large, wide bowl, mix orzo with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Spread level. Layer corn kernels, green beans, and tomatoes over pasta. Pour remaining dressing into a container. Cover and chill both salad and dressing until ready to serve.

Step 6

Shortly before serving, pour three-fourths of the remaining dressing over salad and mix gently to blend. Add more dressing and salt and pepper to taste.

Ratings & Reviews

Leapyearlady's Review

April 19, 2013
Is corn cooked?

jrsnell's Review

August 07, 2012
Love the salad but next time will cut down a bit on the vinegar. 1/2 cup was a little too much

po511buffy's Review

April 25, 2012

ElizaThorn's Review

July 22, 2009
Great easy recipe that makes a lot of food. I used fresh corn and grape tomatoes. I also added some grated parmesan and red chile flakes (I love chile flakes!) right at the end.

Palkscancook's Review

August 10, 2011
I made a version of the salad, using different ingredients and used this dressing for it. I have been looking for a good pasta salad dressing and THIS IS IT! Delicious

Vangie73's Review

September 05, 2009
Made it with bowtie pasta, canned corn, and good olive oil. It was very simple and fantastic.

swarman's Review

July 23, 2012
Not a lot of flavor.

Scouseusa's Review

September 21, 2012
Also loved the salad, but I made it with quinoa and I agree bout the vinegar. I would use a lot less next time.

simpson307's Review

May 15, 2011
My go-to salad for summer parties. It's elegant, simple and really, really good!!!!

laura808's Review

May 19, 2011
I love this salad. It's easy and make-ahead (always a bonus for me), plus it looks and tastes delicious. I normally get requests for the recipe when I take it to potlucks. Love it!