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

Healthy Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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.


  • 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


  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.


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.

Keywords: healthy pasta salad, roasted vegetable pasta salad, vegetarian pasta salad