Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad

We had an unexpectedly warm couple of days here in New England that felt like a taste of summer to come! So naturally, I had to whip a little something up to take advantage of the first outdoor meal of the season.

This grilled zucchini pasta salad recipe is just what you need for your next cookout. Not only is it quick and easy to prepare, but it doesn’t have any mayonnaise, making it a healthier alternative to traditional pasta salads.

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To make this delicious orzo pasta salad, you’ll need some cooked orzo pasta, ripe plum tomatoes, fresh zucchini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

First, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. While the grill is heating up, slice the tomatoes and zucchini in half lengthwise, and grill them for about six minutes until they are lightly charred and tender. Set them aside to cool.

Zucchini cut in half on a cutting board. Halved tomatoes in the background.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the chopped garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh basil, and dried oregano until well combined. Season the dressing to your taste with salt and pepper.

Once the grilled vegetables have cooled down, roughly chop them into bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl with the dressing. Then, add the cooked orzo pasta and mix everything together until the vegetables and pasta are evenly coated with the dressing.

Spoon mixing a large bowl of grilled zucchini pasta salad.

You can enjoy this pasta salad chilled, at room temperature, or slightly warmed up, depending on your preference. This salad is perfect for outdoor gatherings, picnics, or any other occasion where you want to serve a refreshing and healthy dish that everyone will love.

Blue bowl filled with grilled zucchini pasta salad.

Seriously, this light pasta salad recipe is a perfect dish for summer, and it’s mayonnaise free! Making it much easier to serve on a hot day. Mayo + sitting out in the heat = yuck.

You should definitely try this orzo pasta salad at your next cookout and enjoy a healthy and delicious meal with your family and friends.

Blue bowl filled with grilled zucchini pasta salad.

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings

This is the best light pasta salad recipe. Perfect for summer, and no mayonnaise! Try this orzo pasta salad for your next cookout.


  • 2 cups of cooked orzo pasta
  • 3 medium plum tomatoes
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat
  2. Slice tomatoes and zucchini in half lengthwise, then grill for 6 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, combine the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, and oregano in a large bowl
  4. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper
  5. Roughly chop the grilled vegetables and add them to the bowl
  6. Add cooked orzo and mix
  7. Enjoy cold, at room temperature, or slightly warm

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