Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

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For the Salad:

2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

2 medium yellow squash, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 red onion, cut into wedges

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

8 oz. pasta (penne or fusilli work well)

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

For the Dressing:

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and onion. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss until the vegetables are well coated.

Grill the vegetables until they’re tender and slightly charred, about 10-15 minutes, turning them occasionally. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your grill.

While the vegetables are grilling, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

For the dressing, whisk together the minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Once the vegetables are done, chop them into bite-sized pieces if necessary. In a large bowl, combine the grilled vegetables, cooked pasta, and torn basil leaves. Pour the dressing over top, and toss until everything is well coated.

Let the salad sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. You can serve it warm, or refrigerate it and serve it cold.

Enjoy this delicious, sustainable Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad!

Remember, sourcing local, seasonal produce and pasta made from local grains can further enhance the sustainability of this recipe.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 20g (Saturated: 3g)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Potassium: 600mg
  • Carbohydrates: 47g (Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 8g)
  • Protein: 9g
  • Vitamin A: 20%
  • Vitamin C: 80%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 15%

This pasta salad is a healthy and balanced meal option, providing a good amount of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.