Grilled Vegetable and Tahini Pasta Salad

Serve this pasta salad, inspired from the flavours of the Middle East, as a fresh and flavourful meatless main dish. It also makes a great addition to barbecues and potluck dinners.

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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Italpasta Total Penne (375 g)
  • 2 tbsp Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 Green Zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 Red Pepper, quartered
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced into 1/4 rounds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Tahini Paste
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin, grounded
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Fresh Dill, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Feta Cheese, finely crumbled

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Brush yellow zucchini, green zucchini, red pepper and onion with 1/2 of the olive oil; season with 1/2 of each of the salt and pepper.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grates well. Grill vegetables, turning once, for 8 to 10 minutes or until grill-marked and tender. Let cool slightly and slice.
  • Whisk together lemon juice, tahini paste and water (1/2 tbsp per serving) until smooth. Stir in remaining oil, garlic, cumin, cayenne and remaining salt and pepper.
  • Toss together pasta, tahini dressing, grilled vegetables, parsley, cilantro and dill. Stir in feta cheese.

Notes

Substitute goat cheese for feta cheese, if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g