Easy Greek Pasta Salad

A bright, light, refreshing Easy Greek Pasta Salad full of fresh vegetables and topped with a tasty dressing- a perfect summer salad. The simplicity of this salad is incredible, and the taste is amazing.

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with tomatoes, olives, cheese, peppers, cucumbers, and pasta. It’s topped with a delicious dressing that makes the perfect make-ahead side dish—a bright salad that pairs well with grilled meats, fish, or pork.

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What About This Recipe is Fantastic

Easy to make: This pasta salad is easy to make and comes together in minutes. It’s perfect for dinner, and leftovers are fantastic for lunch. 

Delicious: This pasta salad is light, fresh, and filled with great-tasting vegetables. Great use of summer vegetables from the garden.

Feeds a crowd: There will be plenty of this pasta salad for a potluck, gathering, or busy weeknight meal.

Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese makes this pasta salad pop. It’s soft and crumbly and goes great when added to the top of the pasta. You can’t go wrong with pasta and cheese.

What is a Greek Pasta Salad?

A traditional Green Salad consists of tomatoes, olives, cucumber, peppers, onions, and creamy feta cheese. It’s topped with a vinaigrette dressing that pulls it all together and makes it lip-smacking good.

What Type of Pasta Should I Use?

I like to use Barilla Rotini Pasta. I like that brand, but I’m sure you also have a favorite. Any pasta brand will work. A tri-color is what I use the most in my pasta salads. It adds even more color to the bowl. 

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Ingredients Needed for Greek Pasta Salad

Tomatoes– I like to use cherry tomatoes. They are small, bite-size, and just need a slice down the center.

Cucumbers– use a regular cucumber or an English cucumber. Slice and then quarter the pieces.

Red Bell Pepper– Green, Red, or Yellow Peppers will work for this recipe. Use your favorite or whatever you have in your refrigerator. 

Onion– Dice onion– yellow, red, and white onions will work for this recipe.

Olives– any green or kalamata olive will work.

Feta Cheese– use quality feta cheese. Keep the cheese in bite-size pieces. This makes it easier to serve and eat.

Dressing– I use a bottled store-bought dressing to keep this pasta salad simple. However, there are some really great brands on the market; find one you like. Feel free to make your dressing from scratch if so desired. 

Pasta– any Rotini Pasta Brand will work. Shells would work nicely as well.

How to Make Greek Salad Recipe

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  1. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Rinse under cold water. Drain well.
  2. Wash and chop your vegetables.
  3. Place pasta and vegetables in a large bowl. Add dressing and top with cheese.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Expert Tips and Variations

  • Add some basil or oregano to the salad if so desired.
  • Salt and pepper to your taste, or add the shakers to the table. Let your guests season their salad.
  • Experiment with different noodles. 
  • Add some meat to the salad. For example, pepperoni, steak, or grilled chicken would be great.
  • Add some canned beans to the mix. For example, this pasta salad would be good for black beans or kidney beans.

Storage Tips

Store the pasta in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. 

Recipe FAQ’s

Pasta salad will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. In my opinion, it just gets better every day.

If you find you need to revive your Greek Salad, add a little more dressing before serving.

Yes. This salad does not have any lettuce; therefore, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Gina Abernathy
A bright, light, refreshing Easy Greek Pasta Salad full of fresh vegetables and topped with a tasty dressing- a perfect summer salad.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16oz. pasta noodles Rotini or Bow Tie
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced, red, yellow or green
  • ½ English cucumber sliced, halved, and quartered
  • ¾ cup kalamata olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1 16 oz. bottle Greek Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain well and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, cucumbers, olives, and cooled pasta in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and stir to mix well.
  • Top with Feta Cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keyword Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This really was the easiest pasta salad I’ve ever made! Love all the Greek flavors – it was a hit at our backyard bbq last week!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this pasta salad last week and took it to work to have on my lunch break! It’s a brilliant salad! So much more filling than classic greek salad, but with all the same flavours!

  3. 5 stars
    So tasty! I wanted to make a salad to take to a potluck and I’m glad I chose this one. It was a big hit!

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