Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

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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

Prep Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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. 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. 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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Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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˜‰

  2. 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.

  3. 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 πŸ™‚

  4. 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.

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

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