Outdoor Living Space by Createscape

For Wisconsinites, there’s no time like summertime. The perfect outdoor living space is on most homeowners minds.

Summer is known for grilling out and spending time outdoors. This year, we are spending more time with family and small gatherings of friends at home. What better place to grill and gather than in your backyard. If you are looking to elevate your grilling game and create an outdoor living space complete with an outdoor kitchen, let Createscape Landscaping’s experienced designers work with you to develop an original design that meets your needs, expectations, and budget. Our professional landscape designer creates an easy-to-read plan that is executed by our experienced staff.

We understand that a beautiful landscape requires detailed, thoughtful planning. Our landscape designers work with you to create an outdoor living space that reflects your personality and complements your home. The grill can be a key feature in your outdoor living space, but the overall design can incorporate so much more.

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Our landscape design-build department specializes in:

  • Outdoor Kitchens & Fireplaces
  • Seat Walls & Fire Pits
  • Pergolas
  • Brick & Natural Stone Patios & Walkways
  • Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
  • Natural Stone & Pre-cast Block Retaining Walls
  • Fountains, Ponds & Waterfalls
  • Grading
  • Tree, Shrub & Perennial Planting
  • Seed & Sod Installation

In Wisconsin, grilled beef and brats are huge favorites often served at cookouts. And if you are looking for a summer side dish, here is a grilled vegetable pasta salad featuring our beloved Wisconsin cheese. We recommend making this salad with bowtie, shells or rotini pasta, but use whatever pasta you prefer. Make it your own!

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Summer Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad


2 teaspoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced

1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch lengthwise strips and 1-inch pieces

1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch lengthwise strips and 1-inch pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1⁄2 cup Italian dressing, divided

1 cup packed arugula leaf, coarsely chopped

12 ounces of your favorite pasta (cooked, drained, rinsed and cooled)

1 1⁄4 cups Wisconsin Fontina cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1⁄4 cup Wisconsin Parmesan cheese, grated

1⁄2 teaspoon salt, to taste

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste


Grease grill grate. Heat grill to medium.

Pour 1/4 cup dressing in a sealable plastic bag. Add garlic, onion, squash, zucchini, and red pepper; seal bag and toss to coat. Transfer vegetables to a lightly greased grill grid. Season with salt and pepper.

Place on a grill grate. Grill vegetables, covered, over medium heat for 8-12 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning occasionally.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, vegetables, arugula, the remaining Italian dressing, Fontina, Parmesan, salt, and red pepper flake. Toss well and serve.

Now is a great time to start designing your backyard oasis complete with an outdoor kitchen, and we have the expertise to build it! Contact Createscape Landscaping today to schedule your landscape consultation.

For a complete list of all our services, visit our website www.createscapelandscaping.com.