Greek Pasta Salad is a cold salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, feta cheese, and pepperoni, tossed with Greek vinaigrette dressing. For a couple more refreshing salads, try my Italian Pasta Salad and Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad.
Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek Pasta Salad is not only refreshing, it is a salad that can be made ahead of time (which is definitely a win)! It is simple to put together, and I even added some pepperoni to the mix for a little protein. (However, you could leave that out, if preferred.)
Pasta Salad Ingredients
Pasta: I used fusilli pasta, also known as 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. (In the video, the salad is made without the pepperoni.)
Dressing: Use your favorite brand of Green vinaigrette salad dressing.
How to Make Greek Pasta Salad
As I stated above, this is a great salad to prepare ahead of time since it has to chill before serving, anyway! To make the salad, first, cook the pasta al dente according to the package instructions. After cooking the pasta, drain it and rinse it under cold water.
Next, combine the cooked, drained, and rinsed pasta with the cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, onions, cheese, and pepperoni. Toss the ingredients with the salad dressing. Finally, place the salad in the refrigerator, covered, to chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
How Long with Greek Pasta Salad Last?
This salad will last in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for 2-3 days. So, you can even get by making it 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.
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.
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Greek Pasta Salad
- 2 cups Fusilli pasta noodles, or other pasta of your choice
- 1 medium cucumber, diced (approximately 1½ cups)
- 1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup black olives, sliced
- ½ cup red onion, sliced
- ½ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
- ½ cup pepperoni, sliced and quartered
- ¾ cup Greek vinaigrette salad dressing
- 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.
- Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving.
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