Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s high time for the season of picnics, grill-outs, and patio parties to begin!  Finally!!

So to celebrate, I thought it was only appropriate to cool off some hot pasta, toss it with a bunch of fresh and zesty ingredients, and toss it in a bowl that’s perfect for passing around the picnic.  That’s right, I made you some pasta salad!

Because if memory serves me right, you all sure seem to love a good pasta salad.  Last time I checked, my favorite 5-Ingredient Pasta Salad was still one of the top recipes on this site (and one of my all-all-all-time favorites).  Not to mention this spring-y Asparagus & Arugula Pasta Salad, or this lightened-up Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, or this sweet Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad, that you also have seemed to enjoy.  So for something new this year, I thought I’d try a simple Mediterranean twist on the classic pasta salad, chocked full of fresh veggies and olives, sprinkles with plenty of feta, and tossed in a zesty lemon-herb vinaigrette.

And let’s just say, I’m certain you’re going to fall for this one too.  


Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

The ingredients for the salad were pretty straightforward:

  • lots of fresh cucumber (I went with an English cucumber, so that you don’t have to mess with seeding it)
  • ripe cherry tomatoes (or you could use sun-dried tomatoes)
  • thinly- sliced red onion (feel free to soak it in cold water beforehand if you want a less onion-y taste)
  • feta cheese galore (I used reduced-fat)
  • your favorite kind of pasta

Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

Then just whip up a simple lemon-herb vinaigrette to give it a fresh and flavorful kick…

Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

…toss it up…
Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

…and this beautiful creation will be yours to enjoy and share.

So cheers to cooling down our pasta, and soaking up these warmer days ahead!  

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a zesty lemon-herb vinaigrette, and it's always a crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients:

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dry pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 1 English (hot house) cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • half of a medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • lemon-herb vinaigrette (see below)

Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or your desired sweetener)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

To Make The Mediterranean Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously-salted water according to package instructions.  Drain pasta, then rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot.  Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion to the mixing bowl, then drizzle all of the vinaigrette evenly on top.  Toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with extra feta and black pepper if desired.

To Make The Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

Cook time does not include the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Tori — March 16, 2016 @ 6:09 am (#)

    What a fabulous looking pasta salad! I could campletely devour multiple bowls of this right now!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

      Thanks Tori! We hope you love it! :)

  2. Josh @ The Kentucky Gent — March 16, 2016 @ 8:58 am (#)

    Right there with you in cooling down our pasta and enjoying the warmer days! Especially with a pasta salad as delicious as this. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

      Thanks Josh, we hope you enjoy it!

  3. Kavita Goyal — March 16, 2016 @ 9:32 am (#)

    No better way to celebrate food like a salad. It looks so fresh and appetizing. Definitely its going to be at the top of my fav list. 

  4. Kari — March 16, 2016 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    I love making a big bowl of bright pasta salad when we have a lot of people over. It feeds so many people and is easy to make ahead of time!
    Kari

  5. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 17, 2016 @ 9:21 am (#)

    This is going on my list to try soon! Great for summer cookouts!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 17th, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

      Awesome, we hope you love it Lori! :)

  6. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings — March 17, 2016 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    This makes me crave a summer cookout!  It won’t be long right?  The lemony herb vinaigrette with a bit of spice sounds delicious.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 17th, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

      Yes, we’re on the cusp, thank goodness! :D We hope you enjoy this!

  7. Bita — March 18, 2016 @ 12:06 am (#)

    Great idea!  Perfect for a cook out 👌 I can imagine it now – chicken skewers, your salad, something cold to drink…thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 18th, 2016 @ 9:42 am

      Yes, now you’re talking! :)

  8. Barbora — March 21, 2016 @ 6:13 am (#)

    Looks soooooooo delicious! Totally gonna try it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2016 @ 11:44 am

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy it! :)

  9. Robyn — March 21, 2016 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    I want to make this salad today and serve it tomorrow.
    Should I leave the dressing off till tomorrow or put it on now and let the flavors meld?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

      We would go ahead and add the dressing so the flavors can all get happy! :) We hope you enjoy!

  10. Stephanie @ The Chaotic Kitchenette — March 23, 2016 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    Yum! I make something really similar to this – I love adding shrimp!

  11. Karly Campbell — March 25, 2016 @ 10:13 am (#)

    Picnic season is the best season, and pasta salad is the best kind of salad. This looks so delicious and perfect for the sunshine seasons!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 25th, 2016 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks Karly — we hope you enjoy this (preferably on a sunny day, eaten outside). :D

  12. Charles Lee — April 2, 2016 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    I think this is the tastiest salad I’ve ever made. We will be serving it at my place of employment “the Whistle Stop Grocery and deli in Union Pier, Mi. We make a lot of salads Quinoa, Cous Cous, Wheat Berry, Chicken Salad, and many more. I will be adding this one too. Thank you so much 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 3rd, 2016 @ 8:50 pm

      Thanks Charles — we’re so glad you enjoyed this! :)

  13. Amina — April 6, 2016 @ 10:22 pm (#)

    Can I just use Greek dressing instead of making the vinaigrette? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 7th, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

      Sure! We hope you enjoy! :)

  14. Addie — May 10, 2016 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    The cucumber in your photo is not diced.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

      Yes, we know — you’re welcome to dice it or slice it as we did in the photos (we ended up finding we preferred it diced, after trying it a second time). :)

  15. Amy — May 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    Hi I am going to make this for my bunco party next week. Can any of this be done ahead of time or maybe the night before?

    Thank you for the recipe.

    Amy

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

      Hi Amy! We think this can definitely be made the night before — if anything, it will probably be even yummier that way, because the flavors will have had more time to meld and get happy! :) We hope you enjoy!

  16. Michele — June 4, 2016 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    Made this tonight. It was fantastic!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 16th, 2016 @ 9:13 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it Michele!

  17. Barbara — June 11, 2016 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    Delish!!  Looks just like the picture and tastes amazing! Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

      Thanks Barbara — we’re thrilled you enjoyed it!

  18. Janice — June 15, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    Can I sub white wine vinegar for the red?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

      Yes, definitely — we hope you enjoy!

  19. Terri — June 17, 2016 @ 7:56 am (#)

    So is it ok to make it and save for the next day? Making it for a beach trip! Looks delicious!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

      Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy and have a great time at the beach! :)

  20. Rachel Mulcahy — June 27, 2016 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    This was incredible! Even better on the second day. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 29th, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

      Thank you Rachel — we’re happy you enjoyed it! :D

  21. Amanda Levert — July 2, 2016 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    Do you think this would be good with pepperon? If I do add pepperoni should I use a different dressin?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 7th, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

      Hi Amanda! We think pepperoni would be awesome in this, and we wouldn’t change the dressing unless you wanted to. Enjoy! :)

  22. Joanna — July 6, 2016 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    This was awesome! I’ve tried a million pasta salad recipes trying to find a solid go-to recipe, and I’ve finally found it! The flavor of the vinaigrette is perfect. Happy day!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

      Thank you Joanna — we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  23. Danielle — July 10, 2016 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    Should the total time be less than the prep time?

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

      Whoops — typo! Thanks for catching that. It should be 15 minutes total time. :)

  24. Abbey — July 12, 2016 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    If I make the day before, should I add the dressing or leave it until just before serving? I’m just worried that it will get all mushy.

    I can’t wait to make it. It looks fabulous!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 13th, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

      Hi Abbey! We actually think the flavors would have more time to get happy if you added the dressing ahead of time as well. We hope you enjoy! :)

  25. Alysse — July 19, 2016 @ 12:09 am (#)

    This was SO delicious. I didn’t have red wine vinegar so I ued balsamic….and I got a stronger, denser flavor that really complimented the pasta and the lemon kick. Making this again and again for sure. The dressing is really delightful.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19th, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

      Thanks Alyssa — we’re so happy you enjoyed it! And we love that you used balsamic — we’ll definitely have to try that sometime, as we bet it’s super tasty! :D

  26. Alyson — July 23, 2016 @ 9:07 am (#)

    Can you make this pasta the night before?!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23rd, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

      Hey Alyson! Yes, definitely! We actually think it tastes better the longer the flavors have to meld together. :)

  27. Reem — August 22, 2016 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    Hey! Thank you for the recipe. It was so quick and so delight! A keeper for sure. Can’t wait to try your other recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 23rd, 2016 @ 11:53 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, Reem!

  28. Jess — September 20, 2016 @ 5:33 am (#)

    I’ve been looking for some lunch recipe ideas and this is honestly perfect. I always find the problem with trying to eat somewhat healthy is the food looks so unappetising but this looks so aesthetically pleasing! Cannot wait to try it out, thank you for sharing! Jess xxx

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 20th, 2016 @ 9:52 am

      Thanks, Jess — we hope you love this! :)

  29. Pasha — September 25, 2016 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    You do realize that your photos show black olives.  Is that extra ingredient you failed to mention?  I would think so because black olives are necessary for this to actually be a decent salad.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 26th, 2016 @ 11:09 pm

      Hi Pasha! They’re actually kalamata olives, but they are definitely listed in the recipe.

      INGREDIENTS:

      MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD INGREDIENTS:

      12 ounces dry pasta (I used farfalle)
      1 English (hot house) cucumber, diced
      1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
      2/3 cup sliced kalamata olives

  30. Gia — October 5, 2016 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    This looks so yummy and easy! I can’t wait to try it with some grilled chicken. Do you think if I make a big batch and store in containers for a few days (for meal prepping for lunches) it will still be okay? I won’t add onions and cheese until eating but it would be so much easier to keep it mixed with the dressing rather than taking everything separately to lunch.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 6th, 2016 @ 10:14 am

      Thanks, Gia — we hope you love it! And grilled chicken would be an awesome addition! Yes, we think if you make a big batch, it should still be good after a few days, for sure. :)

  31. Russell — December 9, 2016 @ 7:51 am (#)

    This post was made for me. Pasta is my favorite food ever. I’ve already made half of them, but I will definitely try some of the rest!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 15th, 2016 @ 10:56 am

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy this one!

  32. Diana — February 4, 2017 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    I made this today since the day here in AZ is in the upper 70’s (in February). I added artichoke hearts (the ones in water) subbed sliced black olives instead of kalamata. I kept the feta out of the salad until serving so I can just put it on top. It’s really good! Thanks for your recipe..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Diana — we’re happy you enjoyed it!

  33. Ruby — February 19, 2017 @ 10:31 am (#)

    Delicious!!! Great to bring for camping.  Loved it.  Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Ruby! :)