Friday, May 20, 2011

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad with Parmesan Dressing

The Food Network Magazine doesn’t always grab my attention, but June’s issue jumped in my cart. With fifty recipes for condiments, new iced tea ideas, fresh fruit cocktails, hot dogs and make your own pasta salad concepts I’m going to be cooking out of it all summer.

I added some of those pre-grilled vegetables, vegetable rotini and a tad more garlic and lemon to their sauce recipe. It’s so good I can’t stop sneaking forkfuls.

Now I can’t wait to try the other sauces and suggestions! Summer here I come.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Dressing
1/4 cup mayo (I used olive oil mayo)
1/4 cup sour cream (non-fat is fine)
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic that’s been pushed through a garlic press
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together. Toss with pasta and grilled vegetables, below.

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Recipe Printer Version
1 recipe Creamy Garlic Parmesan Dressing, above
12 ounce box Ronzoni Garden Delight Rotini or pasta of choice
8 3/4 ounce can of corn, rinsed and drained (no salt corn works best)
1 medium-large zucchini
1 onion
Olive oil
Granulated garlic powder
Granulated onion powder
Salt & pepper

1. Make the pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.

2. Meanwhile, turn the grill to medium-high. Slice the onion and zucchini large enough they don’t fall through the grates. Season well with oil, granulated garlic, granulated onion, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Grill until char marks form and veggies are tender. Chop into small bite sized pieces and cool to room temperature.

3. In a large bowl, toss pasta with dressing and vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed. Serve immediately or chill until ready to use.

Sauce recipe adapted slightly from Food Network Magazine, June 2011. Pasta & picture by Laura Flowers.


Sue said...

This sounds absolutely tasty, Laura! Perfect meal for this time of year.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Yum! I love the vegetable mix in this pasta salad.

Jennifer said...

What a great summer salad! And I love the way you are serving it...great idea!

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Joanne said...

Definitely one of my favorite parts of summer is all the summer salads that abound! I love the garlicky parmesany sound of that dressing!

natasha {schue love} said...

Yummm!! This looks delicious with the creamy garlic dressing! Wow!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

This is just in time for picnic season! I love pasta salad, and yours looks really good. :)

Peggy said...

More great grilled vegetable ideas! And I've been antsy to try some of that stuff in this month's Food Network mag, too!

Anonymous said...

That Parmesan dressing sounds delicious! I'm loving these recipes with grilled veggies :)

Maria said...

This sounds so tasty and would make perfect picnic food too :-)

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

Foodtographer said...

This looks good Laura. Looks like summertime is kicking off right. Now just need some friend chicken and potato salad to go with it.

John (The Foodtographer Guy)

VegeCooking Club said...

What a fabulous summery meal! I loooove grilling veggies.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This looks so yummy, Laura! And great for a picnic to enjoy the lovely weather.

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