GRILLED RATATOUILLE PASTA SALAD – ZUPAS

17 Aug GRILLED RATATOUILLE PASTA SALAD – ZUPAS

Summer is coming to an end, but it is not over yet. Make the most of the summer produce by making this Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad. It is easy to make and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Grilled vegetables are the star of this easy pasta salad. This salad has great flavor and is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or an every day meal. Enjoy!

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

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

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. 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. You could also wrap them in aluminum foil. Grill until vegetables are browned and tender.Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Finely chop the garlic cloves.
3. Add grilled vegetables and garlic to the cooked pasta. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with basil. Serve at room temperature or chilled.