Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add a drizzle of oil to the pot and carefully add pasta. Cook pasta according to package instructions until fully cooked, but not soggy (orecchiette was a great pasta for this salad). When ready, drain and rinse noodles with cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add your chopped bacon and cook until bacon is crispy and done. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon pieces from skillet and transfer to a paper towel to drain any excess grease.
Leaving 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet, drain any extra bacon grease from your skillet to a small bowl or cup. Return heat to medium and carefully add zucchini and corn to the skillet. Stir to coat the veggies in grease (so good, you guys!) and continue to cook until zucchini just starts to soften and corn turns golden brown. Add minced garlic to the veggies and mix well. Saute for an additional 1-2 minutes, remove from heat and transfer veggies to a large bowl to cool.
At this point your noodles should be ready and drained, bacon is waiting, and zucchini mix is cooling. In a small bowl add chopped herbs and mix with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (not too much here as the zucchini and corn are already covered in bacon grease).
Add pasta to the zucchini and corn and drizzle with the herb/oil mixture. Mix until evenly coated. Add the crispy bacon, chopped red onion and cherry tomatoes and gently mix again. Finally, top with your crumbled feta and toss.
This salad was delicious hot and cold :) And is officially my husband's new favorite.