Perfect For A Potluck: Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables
Wrap the garlic with aluminum foil and roast it with the vegetables. Could it be the secret for this recipe!? It's great for a potluck parties. It's eye-catching, especially when you make it with rainbow-colored pasta. Try it with your favorite herbs...
Dice the bell peppers and zucchini into the same size as the pasta.
Combine Step 1, cherry tomatoes, rosemary with olive oil and salt & pepper.
Peel the garlic and coat with olive oil then wrap with aluminum foil.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread Step 2. Place Step 3 on the side and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (place the rosemary under the vegetables).
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add a good amount of salt. Cook the pasta (according to the directions on the box) and rinse under the cold water and drain well.
In a large bowl, add the roasted garlic and smash with a folk. Add all the dressing ingredients and mix well.
Add the pasta to the bowl and coat well with the dressing to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
Add all the vegetables except for the cherry tomatoes. They are easily damaged, so add them at the end and lightly toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss in the minced "flat leaf parsley" and it's done.
This is a Christmas version using Christmas tree, snowmen, and snowflake-shaped pasta.
Story Behind this Recipe
A dish for a potluck should be something that is easy to carry and still good when cold. It's even better if it stands out among other dishes. Plus, it should be something that is easy to share as well, especially if people are going to be standing around.
It'll look nicer if you cut the vegetables into the same size as the pasta. The vegetables shrink a little when you roast them, while the pasta expands after boiling. Add a good amount of salt when you boil the pasta. The herb doesn't need to be rosemary. You can use basil, thyme or whatever you like. If you are using basil, add the chopped basil in at the end.