Irresistibly Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Irresistibly Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Our family loves Greek food and make a large Greek Salad for dinner with grilled chicken. It’s easy and I usually try to have all the ingredients to have on hand. I recently offered to bring a family a meal while their father was recovering from surgery and Greek Pasta Salad came to me.

In the notes they suggested a restaurant they enjoy ready made meals and it was a Greek influenced restaurant. They also liked pasta dishes. I decided I would mix one of my favorite meals, Greek Salad and pasta and make this yummy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe. It is filled with all the flavors of a yummy greek salad with the pasta as a bonus. 

Amazing Greek Pasta Salad recipe

My family has decided this is a keeper and my new go to for pot luck dinner and BBQ’s. 

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GREEK PASTA SALAD RECIPE

I made a double batch of this Greek Pasta Salad Recipe since it was going to be dinner for our family too. I chose a mixed veggie pasta for our family but just a regular penne for the family I was making dinner for.

You can use gluten free high fiber or whatever pasta your family will eat. This pasta salad is so full of flavor and yummy veggies that there is a lot to love about it.

Amazing Greek Pasta Salad recipe

Prep all your ingredients while your pasta water heats up and you will be ready to put this together in minutes. I do suggest making this a few hours before you plan on serving it, up to a day or two, so all the yummy flavors can combine. 

Amazing Greek Pasta Salad recipe

The magic is in the Greek Dressing too. If you plan on adding grilled chicken to your Greek Pasta Salad, then make a little extra dressing and marinate your chicken in the yummy flavors. 

Amazing Greek Pasta Salad recipe

Once your pasta is cooked, you will have to rinse the pasta to cool it off and stop the cooking. The worse is to have an overcooked pasta salad.

LET PASTA SALAD SIT FOR A FEW HOURS OR OVERNIGHT

Mix all the ingredients and then cover it with some plastic wrap and let the flavors meld perfectly. If you think about it you can toss it a few times to be sure all the dressing is spread around all the pasta and veggies. 

Amazing Greek Pasta Salad recipe

I added the grilled chicken on the side b/c my husband does not care for pasta with chicken but because I marinated the chicken for a while it had plenty of flavor. 

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

all the flavors of your favorite greek salad with pasta included.  Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, chopped Rinse in cold water to reduce spiciness
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • Any color Green, Orange, Red, & Yellow
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives, kalmata or black olives sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese in a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the pasta and mix together. Cover and chill for 3 hours before serving.
  3. Marinate chicken in additional dressing and grill and add to pasta.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 342 Saturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 11mg Sodium 322mg Carbohydrates 16g Fiber 2g Sugar 4g Protein 4g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

I hope you will love this Greek Pasta Salad as much as we did. What would you add to the pasta salad? 

 

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4 Comments

  1. We love pasta dishes at home and this one sounds really delicious! Hope to try it one of these days!

  2. I love anything with feta in it, so this sounds delicious. I’ll try it at one of our BBQ’s this summer.

  3. What a coincidence! We just had those mini penne noodles for dinner last night. Course ours was smothered in alfredo, so not near as healthy.

  4. Yummy. I have not eaten a pasta salad I did not like yet. I just love pasta.

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