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Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

I am not ready for summer to be over, but I am ready for it to cool down. It is still hot, hot, hot in Utah. I try not to turn on the oven, but I can’t help myself. There are cookies that NEED to be baked:) We have been grilling out for dinner almost every night. One of our favorite summer meals is this Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad.

This pasta salad is simple to make and you don’t have to turn on the oven. All of the vegetables are cooked on the grill. I use zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, and tomatoes-all of the veggies that are in abundance right now. Grill the vegetables until tender and toss with your favorite pasta. I use whole wheat Rotini-I love the curly little noodles.

I give the pasta salad a splash of balsamic vinegar and drizzle of olive oil before serving. And don’t forget the fresh basil! Basil makes the world a better place and is the perfect ending to this fresh pasta salad.

Make this Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad. It is perfect for an easy summer lunch or dinner. It also travels well which makes it great for picnics or potlucks! I like to make a big bowl of pasta salad so we can enjoy leftovers the next day. It is tasty served immediately, when the veggies are still warm from the grill, but it is just as tasty served chilled.

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes


1/2 pound pasta, I used whole wheat Rotini
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, halved, stemmed, and seeded, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 large tomatoes, cut into quarters
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil, for brushing the vegetables
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for drizzling over the salad
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

2. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Lightly brush vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the vegetables and garlic cloves on a grill pan or in a grill basket. Grill until vegetables are browned and tender. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Finely chop the garlic cloves.

3. Add grilled vegetables and garlic to the cooked pasta. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with basil. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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50 Responses to “Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad”

  1. Yummy!!! Your pasta ratatouille salad looks so tasty!!! This would be so perfect for a BBQ I’m going to! I love it! Thanks for all the fabulous recipes!!!

  2. Lindsay — August 17, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    What a delicious sounding recipe!

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 17, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    This screams summer! What a great way to enjoy the last few weeks.

  4. Paloma — August 17, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Pasta and vegetables! (zucchini particularly) what’s not to love? :) I already stopped by Cafe Zupas… ooooh! YUM!!

  5. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — August 17, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Yum for summer salads! My kickball team is having a BBQ, and I’ll be bringing this!

  6. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — August 17, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    I love pasta salads! Can’t wait to try this one!

  7. Marian (Sweetopia) — August 17, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Looks yummy! And I can get hubby in on this one… he’s the grill master. πŸ˜‰

  8. Minnie(@thelady8home) — August 17, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Yummy salad. Sounding so delicious!

  9. Erica — August 17, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Love the idea of putting grilled elements into a salad! Looks tasty. Have a great weekend

  10. Flavia — August 17, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    I am ready for summer to cool down too! We are roasting here in TX. Grilling (or roasting) vegetables is such a great way to concentrate their flavors and adding them to a cold pasta salad is the perfect summer meal. Are you sure you aren’t part Italian? πŸ˜‰

  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 17, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Grilled veggies and the pasta look like a great & fast dinner option – need those!

  12. Beth — August 17, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I just got an eggplant in my CSA box! I may have to try this!

  13. carrian — August 17, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I cannot help but think of that little movie that came out ages ago. πŸ˜‰

  14. Vita @ Juicer Depot — August 17, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I just love it when veggies are in season. Mmmm Mmmm!

  15. Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 17, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    I love the idea of ratatouille being in pasta form! Anything that involves carbs of some sort is good in my book πŸ˜‰ This looks amazing!

  16. Sharyn Dimmick — August 17, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I have found that the best things to dress pasta salad with are lemon juice and the juice from jars of pepperoncinis (I learned that from America’s Test Kitchen, the PBS TV show). The grilled vegetables sound good.

  17. naomi — August 17, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I’m with you, ready for the heat to pass but not ready for summer to be over.

    Great summer pasta dish-loving the grilled veggies.

  18. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 17, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    This would be great for a weekend BBQ! I’m ready for cooler weather too, but then when it comes I’ll wish for summer again…

  19. Nicole, RD — August 17, 2012 @ 4:05 pm


  20. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 17, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    You are totally in my head! I bought eggplant, zucchini and peppers yesterday to make ratatouille today! It’s the only authentic French dish I learned how to make when I lived there. I normally use thyme, but basil sounds great for summer :)

  21. The Hungry Housewife — August 17, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Gotta love a nice veggie pasta salad! I am sooooo ready for it to cool down!

  22. holly — August 17, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    Great for using up all those garden vegies!

  23. Diana — August 17, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Ratatouille is one of my favorite foods. Looks like the perfect summer salad.

  24. Ann P. — August 17, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    delicious, simple, and a crowd-pleaser πŸ˜€

  25. Riley — August 17, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Looks great! This pasta salad could make summer last forever!

  26. Michele — August 18, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    I made this tonight with a little spin…I added about 2 Tbls. of sour cream to the hot roasted veggies when I tossed them with the hot pasta. Supper yummy! I have also had something similar with diced heated ham or chichen added.

  27. Nikki@ Chef in Training — August 18, 2012 @ 3:26 am

    This looks SO amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Thank so much for including my Greek Pasta Salad link! Love your posts!

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  29. megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 18, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    What a good idea! It sounds perfect for Summer – love meals like this :)

  30. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 18, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    This looks like pure heaven. Love this!

  31. Joanne — August 18, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I so wish I had a grill! This pasta sounds great!

  32. Sues — August 19, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I’m the same way… I TRY not to turn on the oven, but I always do anyway :) This salad looks perfect! We sadly just moved into an apartment building with no grill, but I can always use my trusty grill pan!

  33. Kari@Loaves and Dishes — August 19, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Funny, I made almost the same meal last week. I served my pasta hot however, and added smoked Gouda. So good ah! ( sorry I’m a little corny)

  34. MikeVFMK — August 20, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    This is one delicious looking pasta salad! And with all those grilled veggies it just adds to the flavour. Plus, they look gorgeous!!

  35. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 20, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    What a fabulous idea! Love this!

  36. Lauren @ LoloLovesScents — August 22, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    Mmmmmm, sounds like a wonderful recipe to close out the summer! This pasta salad sounds divine, now if I only had some people to share it with! πŸ˜‰

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