An Easy Greek Pasta Salad recipe with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, olives, red onion, cucumber, feta and a homemade dressing! This cold pasta salad is an awesome summer side dish recipe to take to your next party – I guarantee it will be the first dish to go!
This Greek Pasta Salad goes great with Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki. If you’re looking for a slightly different twist on a cold Greek pasta salad, check out this Greek Tortellini Salad.
Easy Cold Pasta Salad Recipe For Summer
Any excuse for PASTA .. am I right!?
With the kids home this summer large quantities of food that can be made in no time is a MUST!
I’m normally not a fan of pasta salad. Something about it always grossed me out. It may be because all I think about is my moms tuna salad … sorry mom! It was a big bowl of shell noodles tossed with mayo, canned tuna fish, celery (which is a vegetable I still despise to this day), and sweet peas…. served cold.
That was the pasta salad I grew up with. Yuck!
Homemade Pasta Salad Dressing
These days pasta salads come in all shapes and sizes, but the common denominator is usually a base of Mayonaisse or greek yogurt (if you want to make it healthy). There is something about a cold creamy pasta salad that just kinda grosses me out.
Call me weird!?
I’d much rather had a vinaigrette as a base then something creamy. So that is exactly what you have in this Greek Pasta Salad Recipe today, a simple 5 ingredient Greek Vinaigrette!
Everything about this Pasta Salad is light and refreshing!
It’s filled with all my favorite mediterranean veggies – kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. Then it’s topped with the homemade vinaigrette and of COURSE some feta cheese!
You’re going to love everything about this Greek Pasta Salad and so are your kids!
How Long Does This Pasta Salad Take To Make?
Not only is this a great salad to have on hand during a busy week with the kiddos but it would make a great side dish for your next backyard BBQ party! Why?
Because it whips up in just under 20 minutes and feeds a crowd!
Can’t wait to hear what you think my friends! Bon Appetit!
Greek Pasta Salad
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 8 mins
- Total Time: 18 mins
- Yield: 8-12 1x
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: Greek
Greek Pasta Salad recipe with tomatoes, artichokes, olives, red onion, cucumber, feta & a homemade dressing! This cold pasta salad makes a great side dish.
- 1 roasted red pepper, finely diced
- 1 cup diced artichoke hearts (from a can)
- 1 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- 1 cup halved kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 lb. mini farfelle pasta (bowtie pasta)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffoned
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Put in a large bowl.
- To the large bowl add, roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
- In a small bowl, add red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Whisk until emulsified. (there is no more vinegar and oil separation)
- Pour dressing over the pasta, add fresh basil and mix everything together so noodles are coated and ingredients are mixed.
- Serve pasta salad cold!
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IF YOU MAKE THIS PASTA SALAD RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!
Want More Easy Side Dishes for Summer BBQ’s?
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I’m totally with you on a vinaigrette being on top of a pasta salad vs. a creamy dressing. Like you, there’s just something weird about that to me, even though those dishes remind me of the pasta salads I ate throughout my childhood.
This Greek Pasta Salad looks like a fabulous rendition of the classic, and it’s definitely something I can see going over beautifully at our home! Such gorgeous colors!
Glad I’m not alone in the weird creamy sauce in pasta salad front .. and you are so right. I think I was raised on those!
Hope you like this one Erin!
Love the dressing on this! And artichoke hearts should really be in more things!
Right.. Artichoke hearts are the bomb! I LOVE them. Thanks Erin!
Oh now this looks so delicious, light, and perfect for summer!
What a fantastic pasta salad, I bet it would go great with some grilled lamb!
Ohh heck yes it would!
Nothing about your Greek pasta salad grosses me out! I love how fresh and light it looks. Plus I love all those big, bold Greek flavors and ingredients!
haha… thanks Renee!
So the only question I have is should I have this for Lunch and Dinner or Lunch and Snack?
haha… all of the above!
This is so pretty! I am loving all of the bright colors. Perfect for summer potlucks!
Thank you Des!