Roast Vegetable Pasta Salad with Basil pesto dressing

Recipe by Shirley Erasmus

Hi! I’m Shirley! The girl behind the Instagram account FrequentlyEats.

I’m inspired by all things colourful and healthy and I adore finding new ways to get as many nutrients into my body as possible (I’m a super-food junky!). I’m passionate about living environmentally conscious – a choice which affects all aspects of my life, from my skincare routine (only natural and cruelty-free) to my shopping choices (organic and plastic free). I share this journey and a good few smoothies on my little corner of the internet- I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy!

What better way to celebrate all things deliciously conscious than a good old faithful basil pesto. I have mixed it up, turning it into a dressing and simply adding some roast veggies.

This dish keeps really well and is fantastic for that summer picnic!

Roast Veggie Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing

Serves 4-6


  • 1 cup butternut
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 4 Courgettes
  • Basil Pesto
  • EV Olive Oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Mixed herb salt/ garlic salt/ salt/ pepper


  • Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees.
  • Prepare veggies by cutting them into smallish chunks.
  • Put all veggies in a bowl and toss with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic salt and herbs (any flavor will work!)
  • Mix veggies well and then put on a baking tray and spread evenly.
  • Roast for +- 30 mins until veggies are soft and starting to caramelize.
  • While veggies roast, cook Happy Earth People Pasta according to package instructions.
  • While pasta cooks make your basil pesto dressing:
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of basil pesto with a teaspoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar and mix well.
  • When pasta and veggies are done, add veggies to a bowl of pasta and toss.
  • Keep for the week and enjoy warm or cold.

Have fun and mix it up, add fresh baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber and organic feta or goats cheese!


Shirley Erasmus is a food photographer and health fanatic follow her on Instagram where you can find more of her delicious creations.