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Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

“Summer time and the living’s easy!” It is Friday and I have the day off so I am feeling pretty good today:) We don’t have huge weekend plans, but I am still excited it is here!

Fresh, local produce is one of my favorite things about summer. We don’t have a garden this year, well we have tomato plants and herbs, but never got around to planting anything else. The sprinkler system project took over. We love going to the farmer’s market and supporting our local farmers though!

I made this grilled vegetable pasta salad with some of our favorite summer veggies. Josh grilled zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, and yellow squash. I made a simple balsamic dressing, chopped some tomatoes, fresh basil, and added everything to some pasta. I finished it off with feta cheese.

Pasta salads are perfect for the summer. I like to make a big bowl so we can have leftovers for our lunches. They are also good for bbq’s, picnics, and pool parties. Have a great weekend everyone!

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

(Printable Recipe)

Grill the following vegetables, I brush them with a little olive oil and balsamic:
Red pepper
Yellow Squash

Chop up tomatoes and fresh basil.
Cook your favorite pasta and run cold water over it, this is a cold pasta salad.

Make a balsamic dressing or use store bought.
I used balsamic vinegar, a little olive oil, garlic, shallots, Dijon mustard, chopped basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together to your taste. Sorry I didn’t measure.

In a big bowl add the pasta, veggies, and basil. Stir. Pour dressing over pasta and veggies. Stir and add more until the pasta is well coated. Add in feta cheese. Serve cold. Will keep for a couple of days.
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46 Responses to “Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad”

  1. Sara — July 31, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    Yum, this looks like a great summer meal! If only my hubby would eat those kinda of veggies. :-( Oh well, maybe I'll make it just for me.

  2. Erica — July 31, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    ahhhh simple summer recipes are always best! Love all those grilled veggies- horray for fresh local good stuff!

  3. kat — July 31, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    Grilling fresh seasonal vegetables is just the best

  4. Lisa — July 31, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    Yummy pasta salad. I love grilling fresh veggies.

  5. Tracy — July 31, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    That looks delicious! I'm thinking about grilling some zucchini tonight. :-)

  6. 5 Star Foodie — July 31, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    Delicious summer pasta!

  7. Megan — July 31, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    I make something kind of the same but I use orzo pasta. Delicious!

  8. ttfn300 — July 31, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    one of my fav summer dishes :)

  9. Pam — July 31, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    There is nothing better than roasted veggies. This salad looks wonderful.

  10. Gaby — July 31, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    I am in love with this… it looks so fantastic!

  11. Meghan — July 31, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    This looks great! I love grilled veggies in the summer too!

  12. Grace — July 31, 2009 @ 9:22 am

    yes indeedly, this is a great summer dish! your simple dressing sounds perfect for the lovely veggies!

  13. Jennifer — July 31, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    I think thats my favorite part of summer too- the abundance of fresh local produce!!
    Great salad!!
    Enjoy your day off!

  14. The Blonde Duck — July 31, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    Have fun on your day off!

  15. Danielle — July 31, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    I love grilled veggies! It is one of my favorite summer perks!

  16. Meg — July 31, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    Fabulous salad! Enjoy your day off!

  17. Foodie with Little Thyme! — July 31, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    One of the best things about summer is all the veggies. Do you use this combo on your grilled pizza too?

  18. Maria — July 31, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    Foodie w/Little Thyme-We always use different toppings on our pizza, but I do love these! The more veggies the better!

  19. Chef Jeena — July 31, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

    This looks so healthy and colourful, really delicious!

  20. Katrina — July 31, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    My kind of meal/salad! I wish my husband thought this was enough. He'd have to have some chicken or something in there. Looks fab.

  21. Kerstin — July 31, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    What a lovely pasta salad, I love all the fresh summer veggies in it!

  22. Valerie — July 31, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

    Oh, that looks really good.

  23. Lori — July 31, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    Perfect proof that simple, healthy food can be delicious. This looks so great! There is nothing like grilled veggies, it brings out such flavor. Thanks for sharing your balsamic dressing as well. I'm going to give that one a try.

  24. Country Cookin' Mama — July 31, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    Looks yummy! That would be great for all of the veggies I have growing in my garden!

  25. Engineer Baker — August 1, 2009 @ 1:18 am

    My dad would always sing that when summer came around – he'd clown around, making his voice really really deep :) I absolutely love this combo, which is sad because a) I have no grill, b) I have no garden, and c) I just ran out of feta. Maybe I'll tackle those problems one at a time.

  26. mikky — August 1, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    i am glad to to be reading your posts again after more than a month of absence… :)

  27. Stacey Snacks — August 1, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    I love grilling vegetables and tossing them with anything….they give so much flavor and color to dishes like this!

  28. Ruth Rogers — August 1, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    YUM! This looks great. I love summer for this reason. Great veggies and fruit! ! !

  29. Pamela — August 1, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

    This is a perfect summer salad. I do one similar to this. Thanks for reminding me that I need to make it pronto!

  30. foodcreate — August 1, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    Yummy Pasta salad I love summer grilling looks amazing…

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    Have a great weekend…

  31. Flourchild — August 2, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    I love summer cus the food avalible is so fresh and good for you! Great looking veges!

  32. Natashya — August 2, 2009 @ 11:44 am

    Yum, my favourite kind of summer salad! Perfect for a warm evening meal.

  33. Marthe — August 2, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    I love pasta salads and this one looks really tasty!

  34. A_and_N — August 2, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    Grilled veggies are so summer! I love 'em!

  35. Tracey — August 2, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    So colorful and pretty! Fresh produce is definitely one of the highlights of summer!

  36. Ingrid — August 2, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    Great minds, Maria! I made the kids a pasta salad yesterday. I added cucumber, feta, chopped kalamata olives, and pepperoncinis. All tossed in salt, pepper, olive oiland red wine vinegar. Yours looks excellent with the roasted veggies. Wish my grill was working.

  37. Lisa — August 2, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    Now I'm going to have to hit up the farmer's market on Tuesday. This looks like a keeper!

  38. Emily — August 3, 2009 @ 2:32 am

    Yes, this is exactly the sort of thing I eat during the summer. Looks great!

  39. pinkstripes — August 3, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    Sounds like an awesome summer salad. You sure are getting a lot of use from your new grill.

  40. Jeff — August 4, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    I never measure my dressings either. I just pour and eyeball it and adjust. Works so much better and less stressful.

    Happy to see you guys are getting great use out of the grill!!!

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