Spring Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables • Hip Foodie Mom

Spring Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables, arugula and a delicious homemade dressing! So easy to make and perfect for brunch or lunch, we hope you try it!

The day after most holidays in the spring or summer, I find myself making a pasta salad. I usually have leftover vegetables that I want to put to good use and some greens. Maybe a part of me also thinks a pasta salad loaded with greens, vegetables and a lighter dressing will also help since I usually indulge during most holidays. .  so it’s better to go a little lighter and less heavy on the foods the Monday after. 

For Easter this year, it was just the four of us. I was in Dallas with the girls for their spring break but we came back in time for Easter so we could spend it together as a family. We had our Easter dinner on Saturday this year because that’s the day I had more time to cook. For the past 2 to 3 years, I’ve ordered food from a local restaurant for Easter and then all I have to do is heat everything up. This year, I missed the deadline to order so I made everything at home by myself. I made a ribeye roast, a potato gratin, green beans, a salad and Madeline also buttered, toasted and added Maldon sea salt to some brioche rolls I bought. She was like, “can I make the rolls?” I was like ok sure. 

Spring Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables

On Easter Sunday, we went to church and then we went to go watch Air. This was the first time I had watched a movie in the theater in F O R E V E R. We went crazy with the theater food: hot dogs, popcorn, soda and candy so even more reason to eat lighter today.

I loved this pasta salad so much! So light and fresh and you can really enjoy this with any type of short pasta. Next time, I’m grilling the vegetables for sure. 

Spring Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables

To roast: I roasted my vegetables at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. If you can fire up the grill, grilling these vegetables would be even better.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Main or Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: light pasta salad, pasta salad


For the dressing:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons shallots finely diced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 1/2 lb. cooked pasta any short pasta: Fusilli, penne, bowtie
  • assorted roasted vegetables: asparagus, yellow squash and zucchini chopped
  • fresh arugula
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • lemon wedges


  • For the dressing: whisk/mix together all of the ingredients. Taste and adjust according to your taste.

  • For the salad: In a large mixing bowl or platter, add the cooked pasta, assorted roasted vegetables and the fresh arugula. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and squeeze some fresh lemon over the top. Add the dressing and toss together until everything is nicely coated with the dressing. Serve and enjoy!

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