This is absolutely, positively, hands down the best pasta salad I have ever had. Don’t let your Memorial Day guests eat bland, mayo-laden macaroni salad! Try this incredibly fresh recipe that has all the flavors of summer, including roasted eggplant, grape tomatoes, and parsley dressed with balsamic vinegar and honey. The combination of sweet, tangy, roasted and cheesy is amazing.
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Adapted from Light & Natural Cookbook
Time: About 20 minutes active; one hour total
1 pound eggplant, cut into a 1/2″ dice
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped finely
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Two 8–9 ounce packages of tortellini, in any flavor you like
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch scallions, sliced
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and put a pot of salted water on the stove. Toss eggplant, garlic, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper in a casserole dish until well coated. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and let cool.
2. Meanwhile, cook tortellini in salted water until al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain, spray with cooking spray to keep loose and refrigerate.
3. In a large bowl, toss together raisins, pine nuts, tomatoes, scallions, parsley, vinegar and honey. When eggplant and pasta are cooled, mix together. Best if chilled overnight to let flavors develop.
Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food AND is a vegetarian! These things are not mutually exclusive in her world. She is passionate about eating, drinking, cooking, teaching, reading about food and growing food. Her goal with her food blog, Vegetarianized.com, is to open up the world of vegetarian cooking and eating to the veg-friendly and the veg-curious in an accessible way. She promises never to try to convert or make you feel guilty—just that eating less meat can be part of a healthy, fun and above all, tasty, lifestyle.