Zesty Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad

Recipe by HokiesMom
READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
YIELD: 4-6


  • 3
    medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1
    red onion, cut into thick wedges
  • 1
    large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 12
    cup light balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1
    (14 ounce) package penne, pasta (tubular, use multi-grain or whole-wheat)
  • 12
    cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1
    cup parmesan cheese, shredded


  • Place zucchini, onion, red bell pepper and vinaigrette in a large resealable bag. Seal bag and refrigerate 4-8 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Boil 4 quarts of water and cook Penne pasta to al dente, about 8-10 minutes (according to package directions).
  • Preheat grill to medium (300-350F/150-180C). Remove veggies from marinade and reserve marinade. Place veggies on a veggie grill rack and grill covered for 8-10 minutes, turning once. Remove from grill and cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Drain pasta, transfer to a deep serving platter/dish. Spoon veggies over pasta and drizzle with reserved marinade. (I heated the marinade for a bit in the microwave to warm before drizzling over the pasta & veggies).
  • Season dish with salt & pepper to taste (I used McCormick's Garlic Pepper Grinder instead) and sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan. Serve immediately.