Greek Salad

filed under: Food + Drink on May 7, 2018

Greek Salad is the perfect make-ahead side dish.  It is best served cold but that means it can be prepped ahead and is always a hit! We love it for holiday celebrations because it can be made ahead and tastes so refreshing. Looking for more appetizers or side dishes? Try my Southwest Cobb Salad Dip or Jalapeno Corn Dip.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Among all the pasta salads, Greek salad has always been my favorite. What’s not to love about a combination of pasta, olives, juicy ripe cherry tomatoes, red onions, crunchy cucumbers and salty feta? When all of these flavors come together with Greek salad dressing, you’ve really got a hit combination on hand.

My friend introduced me to pasta salad at a barbecue once.  Salad without lettuce?  That was life changing!

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Prepare Greek Salad in Advance

This Greek salad recipe is particularly awesome because you have to make it ahead. It’s one of the few times that you’ll add dressing to your salad and let it sit for a couple of hours before serving. The dressing seeps through the pasta and flavors everything while your salad is in the refrigerator and basically brings everything together. It’s almost one of the pre-requisites of making this pasta salad. And I love that. Because now you literally make everything, mix and refrigerate. When you are ready to eat, take this out and plop it on the table.

Greek Salad Recipe

Greek Pasta Salad Variations

I love using fusilli for this salad because the dressing gets into the spirals of the pasta and you have more dressing in every bite. But if you don’t have fusilli, feel free to use any short pasta like penne, bow tie, etc. Short pasta is better than long strand because it’s easy to eat in a forkful.

If you are not a big fan of the bite in red onions, you can soak them in cold water with a pinch of salt for a couple of minutes before serving. This takes the bite out of it but still gives you the flavor of red onions, which in my opinion is absolutely essential to this Greek pasta salad.

You can add in any vegetable that you prefer such as corn, avocado, yellow and orange tomatoes, even peppers. You can also add in some cubed mozzarella cheese! If you want it to feel more like a meal rather than a salad, go ahead and add some grilled chicken to it.

Easy Greek 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.

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Easy Greek Pasta

This salad is perfect for potlucks, barbecues, picnics, and holiday celebrations. We love it for a New Years Eve party where you want a delicious snack but nothing too heavy.

It travels well, and you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days, it is doubtful there will be anything left after that long though! If you like this Greek Pasta Salad, try this Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad or  Chicken Cobb Salad!

4.5 from 2 votes
All the ingredients for the greek pasta salad in a large white bowl with grey napkin on the side
Greek Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Greek Pasta Salad is the perfect make-ahead side dish that’s best served cold. It can be prepped ahead and is always a hit!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Salad, Salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 510 kcal
Author: Richa at My Food Story
  • 2 cups Fusilli or any other short pasta of your choice
  • 1 English Cucumber, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced pitted Olives
  • 1/2 cup sliced Red Onions
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • 3/4 cup bottled Greek Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions till al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to avoid the pasta from sticking together.

  2. In a large serving bowl, combine all the ingredients and pour the dressing over them. Toss well.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving. 

Recipe Video

Looking for more dinner options? Try these:

Egg Salad Sandwich

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Deluxe Cobb Salad

I am Richa from My Food Story where I post fast, easy and mostly healthy recipes. My favorite recipes always take 30 minutes or less, but always pack a punch in terms of flavors. 

This Greek Salad is a combination of pasta, olives, juicy ripe cherry tomatoes, red onions, crunchy cucumbers and salty feta. Perfect for lunch, dinner or any party!

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  • cathy says:

    Love your recipes.

  • Patsy M. says:

    I could live on this salad. I don’t make it often, because I have no self control when it is in my house.

  • Cheryl says:

    Love the recipe

  • Patti Schneider says:

    Love this Recipe fresh tasty and good for you thank you so much!!👍🏻

  • Cathy Turner says:

    Love recipes. Would refer to have them emailed to me tho.