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Healthy Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Healthy Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad in a large bowl with wooden mixing spoons

Make this healthy roasted vegetable pasta salad for dinner tonight, or your next outdoor cookout! Made with simple, nutritious ingredients, it’s easy to make and will satisfy everyone.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into small cubes
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 1 small summer squash, cut into half moons
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 8 oz (3 cups dry) whole wheat rotini (or other pasta)
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Lemon Dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Toss the eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, and garlic in olive oil and a generous shake of salt and pepper. Spread out the veggies on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and fork tender.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Do not rinse the pasta when draining – the starches help the dressing stick to the noodles.
  5. Prepare the lemon dressing. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard to a small jar with generous shake of salt and pepper. Close the jar and shake well to combine.
  6. Add cooked vegetables, pasta, olives, feta cheese, and basil to a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and toss it well to combine.

Notes

This recipe tastes good warm or cold, but serve it cold for a traditional pasta salad.

Keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Food safety tips for cookouts

  • Keep pasta salad cold (below 40 degrees F) until just ready to serve.
  • Never leave pasta salad out for more than two hours, or more than one hour if the temperature is over 90 degrees.
  • Use clean and separate utensils for each dish.
  • Keep raw meat for grilling separate from other foods.

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