Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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This Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe is easy to make and tossed with a yummy lemon-herb vinaigrette.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

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.  

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Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

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

How To Make Pasta Salad

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

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Greek Vinaigrette

…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!  

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

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

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dry pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 1 English 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 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

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

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Greek Vinaigrette

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141 comments on “Mediterranean Pasta Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious!

    • This is such a great summer salad! I used elbow macaroni instead and added olives, sundried tomatoes, and zucchini. The flavors really come together and this is definitely one of my go-to recipes.

    • I made the salad, liked all the ingredients in it, dressing didn’t have a lot of taste, I added each ingredients called for?? Help

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe for a potluck and have to say it’s quite amazing. Such a fresh taste. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Memorial Day barbecue today with family and friends and this Pasta Salad was a complete hit! Much thanks. Sometimes a random find on the internet can make you most popular! I will be visiting your website again for sure. All the best.

  4. 5 stars
    Loved it just as is!! Dressing was awesome and flavor perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this salad!! It’s so easy and refreshing on a hot summer day. My family really enjoys it..Thanks so much!

  7. 5 stars
    Awesome! Followed recipe exactly with tri-color rotini. It was good fresh and just as good the next couple of days. Will make again!

  8. 5 stars
    We’re at the beach and I made a double portion of this. VERY well received by all hungry beachegoers!

  9. Made it for a family BBQ and everyone was raving.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy and it tastes amazing!

  11. 5 stars
    This is delicious! Made it twice exactly as directed with bow ties ❤️

  12. 5 stars
    Made this for lunch. Very flavorful. Only change i made was adding in green bell peppers.

    • Even though it is winter, I am always looking for lunch ideas since I fix 90% of my meals at home this past year. This was delicious!! The dressing is so tasty, I did cut back a little on the gatlic. I threw in some chick peas I had left over ftom salads to add a little protien and this makes a complete meal for me.

  13. 5 stars
    My family loved this so much had to make it 2 days straight.

  14. I made this with zucchini in place of cucumber and extra feta cheese. I ate it cold first than tried heated. Liked it hot better.

  15. Just made this and it was sooo yummy and so easy! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. 5 stars
    Just made this for a church funeral and luckily had some ingredients left over such that I made it again for my husband and I after dropping it off at church. This was by far the BEST pasta salad I’ve ever tasted. The dressing with the freahly squeezed lemon was the bomb!! Will confess that I added a teensy bit more honey. Yum! Also sprinkled the whole salad with a bit more salt & pepper at the end and tossed it once more. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!!!

  17. 5 stars
    Soooo good! I left out the red onions for my husband but added them back to my bowl. Delicious either way!

  18. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe 3 times in two weeks! It’s FANTASTIC!! I added grilled chicken, cut into cubes. (Added protein makes it a complete meal). I made it the second time with mini bow-tie pasta. I liked that a bit better but that’s my preference. The dressing is divine. I’ve made it several times to use on green salad.
    This recipe is a keeper for sure!!!

  19. 5 stars
    Oh my this was perfect on this hot humid Sunday! I made the recipe pretty much as written but substituting maple syrup for the honey, using green for kalamata olives and adding 1/2 ea orange and yellow peppers. Oh and I used some leftover vegan feta cheese I had in the refriger. 100% vegan, 100% yum. Thank you!

  20. 5 stars
    We love this salad! We make it a lot in the summer, but also year round. Soooo good!

  21. 5 stars
    Perfect as written. Definitely will make this over and over.

  22. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Loved by all and so easy to make. KUDOS!!!!!

  23. 5 stars
    YUMMY! 😋

  24. How far ahead can I make this without it getting soggy! Looks yummy!

  25. Hi quick question …. I see it is for 6 to 8 servings. What is the size of the serving and possible the Calories per serving? Thank you :)

  26. 5 stars
    Love this salad, so fresh and easy to make. The Lemon in the dressing adds such flavor. I did use shredded goat cheese, because I didn’t have feta. Everyone loved the salad.

  27. Can you make this pasta salad a day before serving it?

  28. AWESOME!!!
    I substituted the feta with Parmesan cheese ( didn’t have feta & it was a last minute side) . It was great!!!!
    I will be making this pasta side a part of my grilling repertoire.

  29. Can you make it the day before

  30. My husband made this tonight for Mother’s Day and it did not disappoint! The directions were easy for my husband to follow (he does very minimal cooking) and it tasted delicious! We will definitely make this again, especially as it gets close to summertime! It’s flavorful, colorful and easy to whip up. We served it tonight with some grilled lemon pepper chicken and it was the perfect pairing! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  31. So Delicious!

  32. Thank you for a simple delicious recipe! I added Greek chicken to the salad. Turned out great!

  33. This Mediterranean Salad is so delicious!
    (I only added a little more honey)
    Will be making this for family get to gathers!!

  34. I use this recipe all the time. I never have the exact amounts required but it’s a forgiving recipe. Vary the ingredients…green pepper instead of cukes or whatever is on hand.

  35. I made this today and it is delicious! I used rotini. I have been looking for this recipe! Happy Fourth!

  36. One of my favorites!

  37. I never comment under recipes (and I know I should) but this salad is absolutely amazing! I’ve made it at least a dozen times now and it’s always a huge hit at (socially distant) picnics and people want the recipe. It’s also great for weekday lunches. I always double the recipe because the original amount is never enough. Needless to say, the olive and feta consumption in our house has gone through the roof :) (Thank goodness for Costco!)

    I do add green bell pepper, and sometimes also red bell pepper for an extra pop of colour.

    The dressing is fantastic on its own and I use it for many other salads.

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, Ali!

  38. I found your recipe on pinterest, because I didn’t love the recipe I used to make. This recipe is delicious!!! The best part is the vinaigrette. I skipped the onion and oregano, and added pepperoncini.

  39. Great Mediterranean salad!!

  40. I made this for a family 18th Birthday BBQ. My kids and grandkids are such picky eaters. I assumed I would have leftovers for lunch the next day. When they all went home, I could not find a speck of salad left. I would say it was a big hit and will definitely be making this again.

  41. Delicious and super easy! This dish has become my favorite go-to for meal prepping lunches.

  42. Easy, bright, and most importantly delicious! Loved that it was light and bright- not laden with a mayo based dressing. I doubled it for a large crowd ( next time I’ll just make 1 1/2 x), and had very little left. Was asked for the recipe too! Thanks for great recipe!

  43. Very delicious and easy to make. I will def inetly make it again.

  44. It’s absolutely perfect recipe. I’ve been making pasta salad but your dressing made it absolutely divine.

  45. Absolutely delicious and wonderful.
    Added marinated artichokes and an orange bell pepper along with small slices of soppressata.
    This will be going to gatherings.

  46. I love this recipe! This is exactly the type of pasta salad I was looking for.