Greek Pasta Salad

06.28.2018

Greek Pasta Salad is a must have side dish recipe! It’s so bright and refreshing, it’s jam packed with veggies and bits of tangy feta, and it’s perfectly satisfying. And let’s not forget it’s practically guaranteed to be a crowd favorite!

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Greek Pasta Salad rinsing noodles

Greek Pasta Salad and a Fun Competition

Who doesn’t love an intense cooking competition? This year Barilla® is holding the 7th annual World Pasta Masters on October 24 and 25 in Milan, Italy, which is also World Pasta Day. During the competition 18 chefs from around the world will compete to win the coveted title of World Pasta Master. What an amazing title to win!

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On May 30th, four chefs from across the U.S. competed in the Barilla World Pasta Masters U.S. Qualifying Even in Chicago. Following a night of exciting competition, Chef Carolina Diaz of Terzo Piano in Chicago was declared the winner and will go on to represent the United States at the World Pasta Masters this October in Milan. Chef Carolina Diaz’s Barilla Mezzi Rigatoni with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Tuna was deemed the best in show, wowing judges and guests.

Greek Pasta Salad

I’m excited to follow along! You can follow @BarillaUS and #WorldPastaMasters on Instagram and World Pasta Masters Page for updates on the World Pasta Masters. And in the meantime be sure to have this pasta salad on the menu! I know I’ll be making it again soon.

A Perfectly Delicious Pasta Salad Recipe

If you find that you are lacking some of the ingredients for this pasta salad, try swapping out some of the veggies with some that are in your refrigerator or try adding in bottled artichoke hearts.

Ingredients for This Greek Pasta Salad

For this pasta salad you’ll need Barilla Rotini, bell pepper, parsley, grape tomatoes, black olives, English cucumber, red onion, lemon, good quality extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, honey, red wine vinegar, feta cheese.

Greek Pasta Salad ingredients pasta bell pepper parsley tomatoes olives cucumber red onion lemon olive oil red wine vinegar basil oregano garlic honey feta

How to Make This Easy Recipe

First, you’ll want to start off by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients then set aside.

Greek Pasta Salad Dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions, until it is al dente, then drain and place on a tray with parchment paper to cool. Rinsing pasta is a huge no no so adding to a tray with extra virgin olive oil will help it cool down. While pasta is draining use up that time to prep veggies.

Add veggies, olives, parsley and drained rotini to a large bowl then pour dressing over top. Toss a few times then toss in feta.

Thin with water as needed. Serve right away or chill up to one day and serve cold.

Greek Pasta Salad pouring dressing over salad ingredients

Pasta Fuels Creativity in the Kitchen

Barilla is all about helping people create unique and creative pasta recipes in the kitchen. Pasta is a such a comforting food that I’ve been eating as long as I can remember. Not only does it taste delicious but I love how it’s so versatile, the possibilities of what you can create are endless!

Greek Pasta Salad rinsing noodles

I also love how pasta brings the people we love together for a delicious satisfying meal. And who doesn’t love pasta? It’s even a go-to food for the pickiest kids.

One of my favorite things to make during the summer with pasta are pasta salads like so. When served chilled on a hot day no one can resist!

Greek Pasta Salad rinsing noodles

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Greek Pasta Salad

4.5 from 2 votes

The perfect bright and refreshing pasta salad! It's jam packed with veggies and bits of tangy feta and coated with a delicious herb Greek Vinaigrette Dressing.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) box Barilla Rotini
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced into half moons (2 cups)
  • 1 pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced then rinsed to remove harsh bite (scant 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, sliced*
  • 1 green pepper (seeds removed), chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 oz. feta, crumbled (heaping 1 cup)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dressing by whisking together extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, basil, garlic, honey and salt in a medium mixing bowl, set aside.

  2. Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions, then drain and place on a tray until cool.

  3. Meanwhile add cucumber, tomatoes, onions, black olives, bell pepper and parsley to a large bowl.

  4. Add cooled pasta to bowl, whisk dressing once more then pour over mixture in bowl. Toss then add in feta and toss again. 

  5. Thin mixture with up to 1/4 cup water. Chill up to 1 day if desired or serve right away.

  6. *1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives may be subsituted

  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Greek Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Potassium 268mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 19.5%
Vitamin C 33.4%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

11 comments

  • Jizey: Amazing delicious plate ! :) October 1, 2018 at 10:35am Reply

  • Diane: This was so delicious! Saving this one in the recipe book, thanks! August 2, 2018 at 12:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it Diane! August 2, 2018 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Nick @ GreekBoston.com: What I love about this Greek pasta salad is that it is versatile. It goes with pretty much everything and it’s great as a side dish and even as a main course for a lighter meal! I love using rotini but have been known to use other types of pasta, such as orzo. July 5, 2018 at 2:19pm Reply

  • vivian: Very good pasta salad. I served it with the olives and feta on the side, as we have people who don’t eat each. Easy to customize and will be a fridge staple this summer at the cottage. Thanks for a great recipe! July 1, 2018 at 7:14pm Reply

  • Melinda: Do you add parsley along with the bowl of veggie ingredients? June 30, 2018 at 9:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, sorry I added that to the directions. June 30, 2018 at 11:04am Reply

  • Brian: Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was hoping to find a good Greek pasta salad recipe, now that the weather has turned so hot. This looks terrific, and I can’t wait to make it. June 29, 2018 at 8:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! June 29, 2018 at 11:35am Reply

  • Natalie: Could I substitute sugar for honey? June 28, 2018 at 3:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. It’s just to help lightly balance the tang in the dressing. June 29, 2018 at 3:52pm Reply

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