Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

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

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. Yummy Pasta salad I love summer grilling looks amazing…

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    Have a great weekend…

  13. 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.

  14. 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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