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Two Peas and Their Pod: Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Friday, July 31, 2009

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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Blogger Sara said...

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.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

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

7:16 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Grilling fresh seasonal vegetables is just the best

7:19 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yummy pasta salad. I love grilling fresh veggies.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

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

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious summer pasta!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

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

8:19 AM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

one of my fav summer dishes :)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

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

8:45 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

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

9:03 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

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

9:19 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

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

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

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

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Have fun on your day off!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

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

10:42 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Fabulous salad! Enjoy your day off!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

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

11:26 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

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

11:30 AM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

This looks so healthy and colourful, really delicious!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

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.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

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

2:45 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Oh, that looks really good.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

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.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Country Cookin' Mama said...

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

11:38 PM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

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.

1:18 AM  
Blogger mikky said...

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

6:17 AM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

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

6:24 AM  
Blogger Ruth Rogers said...

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

9:44 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

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

7:37 PM  
Blogger foodcreate said...

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

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

Have a great weekend...

9:00 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

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

10:25 AM  
Blogger Natashya said...

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

11:44 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

I love pasta salads and this one looks really tasty!

12:32 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

Grilled veggies are so summer! I love 'em!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

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

2:37 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

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.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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

8:09 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

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

2:32 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

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

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

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!!!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for the great post Maria! I have linked to your basil recipe in my basil post today :)

10:31 AM  
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