Roasted Veggie and Pesto Pasta Salad + Weekly Menu

I decided after making Eggplant Parmesan that I loved eggplant. So much so, that I’m growing trying to grow it this year. And after the cooking demonstration I lead a few weeks ago and using pesto, I have fallen back in love with pesto. My point being, this recipe tickled my fancy…big time.

I also loved the loads of veggies in this recipe — the veggies piled (barely!) into two 9″ x 13″ baking dishes for roasting. It provided a nice balance between a veggie side dish and a pasta side dish, married together with a simple oil, vinegar, citrus, and pesto dressing and lots of bright, summer colors.

This would be a great dish to consider making for the 4th of July or any upcoming barbecue or get-together you may attend. Zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers are quickly approaching peak season! Get’em while the last!

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Roasted Veggie and Pesto Pasta Salad adapted from The Art of Living

Pasta Salad:
2 bell peppers (any color), diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 red onion, diced into 1/2″ pieces
2 zucchini, diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 eggplant, diced into 1/2″ pieces
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
4 oz feta
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
8 oz dry pasta

Dressing:
3 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp pesto
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Combine all veggies with some olive oil, kosher salt, and coarse black pepper. Roast veggies for 35-45 minutes, tossing occasionally. While the veggies are cooking, cook the orzo per package instructions. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and pour over the hot pasta so the flavors blend well. Once the veggies are done, add them to the pasta and mix well. Refrigerate. Note: Best made the day before.

Just before serving, add the feta cheese, pine nuts, and basil. Yield: about 12 servings (1 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 187 calories; 9.3 g. fat; 4 mg. cholesterol; 123 mg. sodium; 22 g. carbohydrate; 3.4 g. fiber; 5.3 g. protein

Result: I loved this! So did guests! This was a last minute recommendation and I’m so glad I decided to make it. It is packed with veggies and the ingredients are all so simple. Best part, is that it is best made a day ahead and it keeps well for 5 days – it was great as leftovers taken for lunch. Good thing, it makes a ton! I will certainly be making this again! Enjoy!

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I did end up doing a mini duathlon yesterday. After the 10 mile bike to and from the farmer’s market, I went out for a 3 mile run. Mistake #1 was going during the afternoon heat, and #2 not hydrating well at all after my morning bike. Mistake #3 was going out way too fast. I had finished 2 miles in 18 minutes and during the last mile I stopped to walk 4 times for about 45-60 seconds each time and still finished 3 miles in 29:22 – below my average pace, for sure. I was pooped afterwards! Glad I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday, it has already left us…again 🙁

Last night, Mr. P and I tried out a new (to us) Greek restaurant and it was AMAZING! I love Mythos Red beer, and their gyros were incredible. They served them with banana peppers, onion, feta, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a sweet tzatziki. Drool. Mr. Prevention loved his spicy chicken gyro, as well…and the falafel and hummus appetizer was divine. Love finding new eats in town! 😀

The weekly menu is partially completed…

Weekly Menu: June 26th – 30th

Question: What’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far this weekend?

Enjoy today,

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12 Comments

  1. June 26, 2011 / 10:05 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous!! You know how excited I get about all things eggplant… 🙂 and I’ve been roasting SO many veggies from the farmers market this season… so this is the perfect dish for me! 🙂 Can’t wait to fix it!! Thank you! 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      June 26, 2011 / 10:48 am

      I have not 🙁 I really need to, though!!

  2. June 26, 2011 / 10:51 am

    Woo Hoo….way to go on the unexpected duathalon!!! My best food this weekend? Grilled chicken that our friend made last night. SOOO delicous. Have a good rest of Sunday Nicole!!!!

  3. June 26, 2011 / 11:22 am

    I love pasta salads for summer. I’ll have to bookmark this recipe for all those summer BBQs.
    We have still been running in the mornings, and I haven’t been bringing water while I run. I definitely need to start doing that even though it’s a bit of a pain. Makes a difference for sure. 🙂

  4. June 26, 2011 / 11:33 am

    I am so glad you enjoyed it!! It is always a hit. :0) Now, I need to get back to blogging…

    • Nicole
      Author
      June 26, 2011 / 1:13 pm

      Stacey, it was amazing!!! Thank you for the suggestion 🙂

  5. June 26, 2011 / 1:19 pm

    I made a pasta salad similar to this earlier this week, but WOW yours is just on a whole different level. I love the addition of roasted veggies – Yum!

  6. June 26, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    The pasta salad looks and sounds fabulous! I love pasta salad with lots and lots of veggies!!!

    Great job on your mini duathlon! I often find that if I allow myself to take walking breaks my overall time is actually faster.

  7. July 8, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    I just made a pasta salad with things I had in the frig…Pennette pasta, corn on cob, zucchini, tomatoes and feta cheese. I made the dressing you posted…YUM! Thanks!

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