Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side, perfect to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Tender pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead side dish.  We often add grilled chicken to make it a complete meal.

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead dish. We often add grilled chicken to make it a perfect meal.

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I’m a huge fan of Greek Salad, it’s easy and fresh and it’s one of those recipes where I always seem to have the ingredients on hand.

The very first time I had a Greek Salad, it was made by my friend Lisa way back in 1997 when she brought it to a barbecue at my house.  I still remember it, it wasn’t like anything my mom had ever made and I was about 24 (yeah, now you know) and I was like WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS DISH!!  To me salad was always lettuce and something or other and this was practically life changing.

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead dish. We often add grilled chicken to make it a perfect meal.

Once I’d had it that first time, we started having Greek salad every week or more! As much as I love a good Greek salad, I’m also kind of crazy for pasta salad (Dill Pickle Pasta Salad or Hawaiian Pasta Salad anyone?).

I started playing around with the recipe and made it into a pasta salad.  The combination of ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese, olives and pasta tossed with a delicious greek dressing is crazy good and makes the perfect meal or side dish!

In fact, you’ll find this dish on our family table year round! In the winter it often accompanies a main dish like Crispy Skillet Chicken or it’s served in the summer with grilled chicken mixed in or at pretty much every gathering.

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead dish. We often add grilled chicken to make it a perfect meal.

Of course you can prepare a homemade dressing for this recipe but using a store bought Greek dressing makes it really quick to make and tastes delicious! This recipe is loaded with veggies and we often use a whole wheat pasta and a light Greek dressing to make a this a healthy Greek pasta salad.

If your family finds the red onion has a little bit too much bite you can soak it in ice water with a pinch of salt as you’re preparing the rest of the ingredients. Shake for 10 seconds, drain and repeat if needed.

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead dish. We often add grilled chicken to make it a perfect meal.

This salad will hold up in the fridge for about 5 days so it’s the perfect school or work lunch and is a great make ahead dish for a barbecue or potluck!

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad is an easy side, perfect to prep ahead and a hit at every party or potluck! Tender pasta, ripe juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, feta cheese and olives are tossed in a Greek dressing for the perfect make ahead side dish.  We often add grilled chicken to make it a complete meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz short pasta (rotini, bow ties, penne)
  • 3/4 long english cucumber , diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
  • 1 bell pepper (red or orange), diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese , cubed
  • 1/3 cup red onion , diced

Dressing

  • 1 cup bottled greek vinaigrette dressing

OR

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 244 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat! Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!
This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat! Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!
This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat! Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

25 comments on “Easy Greek Pasta Salad”

  1. This was so easy and delicious! We ate it for lunches 3 days in a row and finished every last bite. 

    Rating: 5
  2. As my wife is allergic to cuecumbers I had to leave them out but added avocado it was and is one of the best pasta salads I have ever had I also added chopped pepperoni it was awesome  Thank you for another grate recipe 

    Rating: 5
  3. I made this for a retirement lunch was a huge success. Very easy, very tasty, enjoy.

    Rating: 5
  4. Thank you,… my son is a salad lover… he said mama it looks like salad

    Rating: 5
  5. My husband gave me 24 hour notice he needed a side dish for work party. This was super easy to make! .. even with a bad head cold I made this simple dish. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  6. So so good!! I added banana peppers and doubled the homemade dressing. 

    Rating: 5
  7. Very good. 2nd day had for dinner (enough leftovers) but at last minute added albacore tuna. Side of garlic bread. Tuna last minute so didn’t ruin flavor.

  8. YUM. Best Greek Pasta Salad recipe I have every tried. Great for lunches with crusty bread, New to your recipe collection can’t wait to try more.

    Rating: 5
  9. Super delicious! I replaced the regular pasta with red lentil pasta.

  10. This recipe is great, and even better the next day.

  11. Made this for my family reunion Sunday. HUGE HIT for everyone. By the end of the night almost no leftovers:) Used a three cheese dressing from Aldi´s. Great light taste ..Now I need to make a batch for my own household

    Rating: 5
  12. Love these recipes! Right up my alley.
    Simple, beautiful, and healthy..

  13. Looks awesome going to try it for our B B Q thanks

  14. Thank you! I Will try this recipe tomorrow.

  15. Made this last night! Delicious! Only thing I changed was I used tri-color rotini. Thank you for a great recipe!

  16. Thank you! It looks really good, I hope I can do it justice for my family Spring Party!

  17. your salads look so great and yummy

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