This is light meal or a side dish made with grilled vegetables and pasta. It is tossed with a simple vinaigrette made with few pantry staples. The summer flavors come alive in this dish and it is a nice vegetarian/vegan option to add to your next cookout.
Course Side Dish
Keyword Vegan, Vegetarian Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
1Zucchini/ Yellow squash medium
1 Sweet Onion
1 Red Bell PepperMedium
2C Dry Elbow Macaroni
1Tsp Olive OilCold Pressed/EVOO
2TbspOlive oilCold Pressed/EVOO
2TbspLemon JuiceFresh Squeezed
1TspRaw SugarUse as Needed
1/2TspSalt To taste
1/4TspBlack PepperFresh Ground
Slice yellow squash or zucchini in half inch thick strips . Cut red bell pepper into about 3 inch wide strips. Slice the onions cross wise into ½ inch thick rounds. Lightly brush the grill with oil and grill the vegetables in batches over medium high heat. Cook on one side until the charred grill marks appear , turn and cook on the other side.
Remove from the grill cool a little . Take the corn kernels off the cob and cut the remaining vegetables into into desired sizes
Cook the pasta according to the package directions in plenty salted water till al dente.
Drain and rinse with cold water . Toss with 1 tsp of olive oil and set aside.
Take a small glass or other non reactive bottle with tight fitting lid. Add the oil , lemon juice, salt and black pepper together. Close with the lid and shake well. Taste and adjust with sugar. Add the capers and shake vigorously At this time you can refrigerate all components individually for 2 to 3 days .
In a bowl toss the pasta and vegetables together. Sprinkle the parsley on top. Pour the vinaigrette evenly on top and toss again . Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Refrigerate the left overs and use within a day .
I prefer to grill the vegetables over the grill pan at medium high heat.
Use leftover grilled vegetables to make this salad.
Other vegetables to use are - egg plant , asparagus and mushrooms.
For an interesting add finely chopped pickled beet into the vinaigrette instead of capers.
For detailed instructions go to https://oventales.com/pasta-salad-with-grilled-vegetables/ .