Monday, July 18, 2011

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Have you seen Wacky Mac in the market? It caught my eye the other day so I picked up a bag. According to their web site, it is made from real vegetables - beet, spinach, and tomato. And they look fun, so I thought my daughter might like them (at first bite she didn't, but we'll keep trying!).

Over the weekend we had friends over and I had a bunch of leftover grilled and marinated veggies from our antipasto. What better way to use them up than to toss them into a pasta salad. I had Jon grill up some peppers and tomatoes for me, as well as roast a bulb of garlic on the grill, to make this salad complete.

Handful of each of the veggies:

  • Grilled asparagus, chopped
  • Grilled peppers - red, yellow, orange. Peeled, cleaned, then chopped
  • Grilled red onions, chopped
  • Full bulb of roasted garlic, peeled then chopped
  • Marinated artichokes, chopped
  • Grilled tomato, chopped
  • Marinated fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • 10 oz wacky mac, cooked
Toss all of those ingredients with some salt and the dressing:

Dressing: 1/2 c olive oil, 1/4 c red wine vinegar, few turns of fresh black pepper, approx 1 1.5 tsp salt, 2 dashes dry mustard, a few shakes of dried oregano.

Easy, fresh, delicious - especially on a super hot summer day! Jon grilled up some light kielbasa that night for the perfect summer meal.

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