Greek Pasta Salad is a cold salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, feta cheese, and pepperoni, tossed with Greek vinaigrette dressing. It is not only refreshing, but it is also a salad that can be made ahead of time (which is definitely a win). Plus, it is simple to put together! For a couple more refreshing salads, try my Italian Pasta Salad and Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad.

Bowl of Greek Pasta Salad with Dressing off to the Side.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

Pasta: I used rotini pasta. It is shaped like a corkscrew to absorb all the flavors of the dressing in this salad. Stick to using short pasta, if possible. Or, make your own homemade shaped pasta to use!

Culinary Vegetables: I added cucumber, grape tomatoes, black olives, and red onions to the salad. You could definitely add your favorite vegetables.

Cheese: I love the salty taste of feta cheese in a Greek salad. You could also use queso fresco or Halloumi (another Greek cheese) in the salad. Or, try it with some mozzarella cheese.

Pepperoni: I added pepperoni to the salad for a little protein. However, you could leave it out.

Dressing: Use your favorite brand of Greek vinaigrette salad dressing.

Adding Dressing to Greek Pasta Salad.

How to Make Homemade Greek Vinaigrette

Just in case you want a more authentic flavor to your salad, here is a simple vinaigrette recipe.

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until blended. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Close up of a Bowl of Greek Pasta Salad.

How to Store Greek Pasta Salad

This salad will last in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for 2-3 days. So, you can even get it made a couple of days ahead of time if needed. When ready to serve the salad, let it sit out at room temperature for a little bit; however, be sure to not let the salad sit out for more than two hours before refrigerating again.

Bowl of Greek Pasta Salad.

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Close up of a Bowl of Greek Pasta Salad.
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Greek Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Greek Pasta Salad is a cold salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, feta cheese, and pepperoni, tossed with Greek vinaigrette dressing.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, or other pasta of your choice
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered (approximately 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 ½ cups (223.5 g) grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup (90 g) black olives, sliced
  • ½ cup (57.5 g) red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup (75 g) feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • ½ cup (69 g) pepperoni slices, quartered
  • ¾ cup Greek vinaigrette salad dressing, or more as needed

Instructions

  • Cook pasta al dente, according to package instructions. When done, drain and rinse under cold water to avoid the pasta from sticking together.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the noodles with all the ingredients. Pour the dressing over them. Toss well.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Reader Comments

  1. Made this tonight, my family absolutely loved it! I used Italian Dressing and all the veggies, Feta Cheese, only added red pepper. My husband ate 3 bowls of this great salad. Thanks!

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