grilled vegetable salad with garlic dressing

Vegetables, sweet and smoky from the grill, give pasta and cheese a jolt of flavor and color.

Servings: Makes 4 servings.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 28 mins

Ingredients of grilled vegetable salad with garlic dressing:

  • 2 red and/or yellow sweet peppers
  • 2 Japanese eggplants, halved lengthwise
  • 2 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise, or 8 to 10 yellow sunburst or pattypan squash*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups dried tortiglioni or rigatoni
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon bottled roasted minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup cubed fontina cheese (3 ounces)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley or parsley

Directions for grilled vegetable salad with garlic dressing:

  1. Halve sweet peppers lengthwise; remove and discard stems, seeds, and membranes. Brush sweet peppers, eggplants, and zucchini with the 1 tablespoon oil. To grill, place vegetables on the grill rack directly over medium-hot coals. Grill, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning occasionally. Remove vegetables from grill; cool slightly. Cut vegetables into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, olive oil, water, bottled roasted minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well.
  3. Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water; drain again. In a large bowl combine pasta and grilled vegetables. Pour dressing over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Stir in cheese; sprinkle with parsley. Makes 4 servings.


If using sunburst or pattypan squash, precook for 3 minutes in a small amount of boiling water before grilling.

Make-ahead tip:

Cut up cheese; wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Prepare dressing; cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 15 minutes before tossing with salad.

Nutrition information:

Per serving: Calories 369, Total Fat 19 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 61 mg, Sodium 317 mg, Carbohydrate 40 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 12 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 38%, Vitamin C 113%, Calcium 12%, Iron 18%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet