Greek Pasta Salad

This simple Greek Pasta Salad is just the thing for potlucks and summer cookouts! The textures of crunchy veggies, al dente pasta, and flavors of a savory Greek dressing and feta cheese make this one of the best summer salads around!

close up of greek pasta salad with crumbled feta cheese


 

An easy pasta salad sometimes sounds like just the thing for a light lunch or to take along to a gathering. This Greek pasta salad with feta cheese is one that you can throw together in just a few minutes!

It tastes light and refreshing, with the classic tastes of feta, olive, cucumber, and tomato that are the signatures of Greek cooking. You can always bulk it up by adding some grilled chicken or shrimp to make for a satisfying, cool dinner all on its own on hot nights.

two bowls of pasta salad

Ingredients in Greek Pasta Salad

These ingredients, and their measurements, are pretty flexible.

ingredients for Greek pasta salad
  • Bowtie pasta
  • Tomatoes: Grape tomatoes sliced in half make an easy addition to this salad, but any chopped tomato will work. Garden-fresh ones are always best!
  • Cucumbers: We like English or Persian cucumbers best because they don’t need to be peeled first. These add a nice crispy, fresh crunch to the salad!
  • Green bell pepper
  • Kalamata olives: Really any kind of olive would work, but the purple jarred Kalamata olives are our favorites.
  • Red onion: If your red onions have a really strong flavor, soak them in ice water for 10 minutes first.
  • Feta cheese: Go for crumbled feta cheese if you prefer the flavor of feta to be in every bite. Or do larger chunks for a slightly different taste and texture.
  • Fresh parsley: Nothing lightens and brightens a salad like some freshly chopped herbs!
  • Greek dressing

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad

Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove. Cook the pasta until it is al dente perfection. You don’t want to overcook the pasta in this dish or it won’t hold up to the dressing and other ingredients.

While the pasta cooks, prep the rest of the salad ingredients by chopping the veggies. Adding all of the dressing ingredients to a jar and shaking well until combined.

mason jar of greek salad dressing

When the pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process so it doesn’t just soak up all the dressing as soon as it is added.

Combine the drained pasta in a large bowl with the tomatoes, green bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and parsley.

ingredients for Greek pasta salad in a large mixing bowl on a wood cutting board

Pour the dressing over everything and toss to coat well. If you are making this Greek pasta salad recipe in advance, I recommend adding only half of the dressing. Then wait to add the rest of the dressing until right before serving since

the pasta will tend to soak up some of the dressing the longer it sits.

pouring greek salad dressing over pasta salad

Homemade Greek Vinaigrette

We especially love that this salad feels lighter than other pasta salads because it’s made with a homemade vinaigrette instead of mayo. Nothing against mayo, but it’s such a nice way to change things up to bring this type of salad to a cookout!

If you want to make things easy, you can always pick up a bottle of Greek dressing from the store. But when it’s so easy to make at home, I figure I might as well just make it myself.

greek pasta salad dressing in  glass jar

Storage and Variations

This Greek pasta salad will really keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. However, the pasta soaks up more of the dressing the longer it sits. It’s really best eaten the day it is made.

served cold pasta salad with Greek flavors

We enjoy bowtie pasta (also known as farfalle) for this salad because it’s size and shape.

It’s perfectly matched with the sliced cucumber, tomatoes and olives, but rotini or fusilli are also great choices. Even shells, macaroni noodles, or other similarly sized pasta will work.

Greek pasta salad for Pinterest

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4.22 from 339 votes
This simple Greek Pasta Salad is just the thing for potlucks and summer cookouts! The textures of crunchy veggies, al dente pasta, and flavors of a savory Greek dressing and feta cheese make this one of the best summer salads around!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Salad

Dressing

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente pasta. Drain well and rinse with cold water.
  • While the pasta cooks, chop the vegetables and add them to a large bowl.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well.
  • Add the rinsed and drained pasta to the bowl with the vegetables, olives, feta cheese, and parsley. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to coat everything evenly.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

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Nutrition

Calories: 304 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 18 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 429 mg, Potassium: 218 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 7 g, Vitamin A: 420 IU, Vitamin C: 19 mg, Calcium: 90 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Amy Nash
Calories: 304
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: cold pasta salad, greek pasta salad
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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I loved the addition of my garden fresh parsley, made it so much better than other recipes I’ve tried. Sooo…very good!!

    1. 5 stars
      OMG Made it again, tried to kick it up one more notch and tried some Avocado and or Marinated Artichokes. Now I’m in deeper love with this salad!

        1. I made this recipe for the first time for a work potluck and it was a hit! Everyone loved it! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    All time favorite recipe now! Family and extended family all thought this was exceptional. We may mix up the veggies and pasta types a little going forward but the dressing will always remain the same. No need to change anything, we just adjust things according to gardening season and what we grow. I especially love that you use honey instead of sugar. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  3. 5 stars
    This is delicious. Just made it 1st X for weekday lunch working from home & paired with poached eggs on sunflower honey toast. Yum, yummy. Just decided to bring this delicious Greek Feta Salad to our friends Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday, which will be tasty even with roast turkey. Thanks Jessica for this heirloom recipe to make again & again. Allen – Seattle, WA.

  4. 5 stars
    So yummy the best pasta salad I’ve made !!
    Dressing is yummy
    Thanks for sharing
    Will definitely make again
    So yummy on a hot summer night !

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for the delicious recipe! My family ALL loved it! I added diced grilled chicken (seasoned with onion salt, garlic powder, and pepper) and omitted the olive (my family hates olives!) for a light dinner, and it was fabulous! Definitely a go to recipe from now on, thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Very easy recipe!! I love Greek salad when dining out but never made it at home! This was a great choice!❤️

  7. 5 stars
    I’m tired of the same old pasta salad. OMG. This is such a wonderful & refreshing salad! I’ll never buy bottled dressing again. I love this! So easy to make. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved it! I’m not one for measuring except for with the dressing so I had a lot of it left over that I’ve used on everything! Saving this as a favorite just for the dressing

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I also like to toss a little fresh dressing on the leftovers- perk it up a bit 🙂

  9. 4 stars
    I also added green olives and pepperchini peppers. We won’t be eating until a Pickwick tomorrow. Looks good. Hope it turned out well

  10. 4 stars
    I followed the recipe to the T (or so I thought) besides the mustard. I didn’t have Dijon so I just used regular. It was super bitter with a metallic aftertaste. I added extra honey and it didn’t help. How can I save this? It seems like it would be great if not for that.

    1. Hi Angie- there are two things that come to mind. Did you use iodized table salt? It can often have a metallic taste, try using sea salts or Kohser salt. Also, did you use a metal mixing bowl? The acids in this can react to a “reactive” bowl- like metal. This is the first I’ve heard of this issue with this recipe so I am perplexed if it wasn’t one of these two things.

  11. 5 stars
    Sooooooo good!!!! The dressing is perfact, actually going to keep a container of it on hand to use as my regular salad dressing

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe tastes amazing! Very colorful and flavorful. I recommended this recipe to my nutriton club at school and it was a bit! Substituted apple cider vinegar for the red wine vinegar once, and it tasted great too. Thank you for this recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    One of our favorite pasta salads to make! It’s the perfect way to use up fresh veggies from the garden!