How do you make a Vegetarian Pasta Salad so fabulous that even the hardest of hardcore carnivores can’t get enough of it? MARINATE the vegetables.

This big, fat pasta salad recipe is a standout – it’s juicy, it’s flavour loaded and it looks as amazing as it tastes!

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Close up of Amazing Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Who would’ve thought those random veggies you’ve got left in the bottom of your fridge could be transformed into something as incredible as this Vegetarian Pasta Salad??

Forget limp, bland veggies sitting sadly amongst tasteless, soggy pasta.

THIS cold pasta salad is the polar opposite of that. It’s vibrant, it’s flavour loaded, it’s JUICY, and will make even green-haters scoff down a weeks’ worth of veggies in one sitting!

Marinating the vegetables for just 30 minutes makes all the difference in this pasta salad!

Vegetarian Pasta Salad recipe in a large white bowl, ready to be served

How to make it

Cook veggies (BBQ or oven) -> marinade in dressing -> toss through pasta.

Yep. That’s it.

(OK I might’ve skipped a few steps like chop / oil / salt ‘n pepper the veggies, but you get the gist!)

How to make this amazing Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Vegetables for pasta salad

The beauty of this Vegetarian Pasta Salad recipe is this – there are no rules. You can literally put any roastable/grillable veggie in this – and it’s going to be amazing.

Refer: Slow Cooker Busy Day Potato Soup

Oh wait. That was a grand statement that sounded really good but I realised was a bit untrue. I think potato might be a bit odd. While the notion of carb-on-carb is not something that has passed me by over the years (potato pizza, anyone??), I don’t think it will quite work here.

But that’s the only exception! 😂

Here’s what I use.

Vegetables for Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Now, I confess these were not just dregs of my fridge – I specifically wanted to use the same veggies I used in the Marinated BBQ Vegetables I shared a few weeks ago so I could use the same clips in the video to show that you can either roast OR BBQ the vegetables. 😇

But here’s a photo from another time I made this Vegetarian Pasta Salad using other vegetables (I spy cauliflower and broccoli) and also a mix of leftover pasta I had.

Overhead photo of cold pasta salad made with roasted vegetables

Marinade-Dressing for vegetables

And here’s the marinade / dressing I use for this pasta salad recipe. You get great bang for your buck with this marinade:

  1. When you toss hot vegetables in a dressing, they suck up the flavour which makes the veggies even tastier;

  2. As the veggies marinate, they sweat and creates tasty juices which makes this pasta salad extra juicy and tasty; and

  3. Hold back some of the dressing to add a fresh hit of flavour at the end.

Ingredients for vegetable marinade

Pouring lemon garlic pasta salad dressing over Vegetable Pasta Salad

I make this a LOT!

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I make this Vegetarian Pasta Salad a LOT. This, along with Baked Frittata, is one of my favourite ways to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week because they can be made with any roast-able vegetables, and it lasts for days and days so you can make it now when your veggies are at the end of their life, but eat it later.

A couple more Leftover Veg favourites include: Vegetarian Lasagna (double up on veg and skip the ricotta layer), Cheesy Vegetable Pasta and this One Pan Roasted Vegetables and Seasoned Rice.

Serving cold pasta salad

How to serve it

Serve this Vegetarian Pasta Salad as:

  • a side dish to anything (well, perhaps anything non-Asian!)

  • a meal in itself

  • work lunch!

  • GREAT for potlucks and gatherings – transportable, colourful, and of course super delish

  • serve it at room temp OR slightly warm

And while it is meat free, you could certainly add a hit of protein by adding some shredded chicken! – Nagi x

Overhead photo of marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Life of Dozer

Dozer hovering close by while I shot the Potato Wedges I (re)published on Monday! I had another Dozer photo I wanted to share in that post – but couldn’t resist sharing this one too!

Dozer the golden retriever dog licking lips at sight of potato wedges

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