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Greek Pasta Salad, a delicious side or main course

Greek Pasta Salad, this pasta salad is a crowd pleaser.  It makes a generous amount and tastes even better the second day, so make it ahead.

YAY, warmer weather is here! If you have a family picnic, gathering or bbq coming up this quick and easy to make Greek pasta salad is a must!  Prepare it ahead of time, it tastes even better the day after you make it as that allows the flavors to deepen. It is full of garden fresh vegetables.

 

Greek Pasta Salad recipe, an easy make ahead dish that will please a crowd. This recipe tastes even better the second day. Loaded with garden fresh vegetables and feta cheese for a hint of tang!

This is a great salad for a crowd.  It has tons of flavor and goes wonderfully with grilled foods.  Add this grilled chicken and make it a complete meal!

Greek Pasta Salad recipe, an easy make ahead dish that will please a crowd. This recipe tastes even better the second day. Loaded with garden fresh vegetables and feta cheese for a hint of tang!

Loaded with veggies and twirly pasta for a flavor packed feast.

Feta cheese gives it a tangy zip.

 

Greek Pasta Salad recipe, an easy make ahead dish that will please a crowd. This recipe tastes even better the second day. Loaded with garden fresh vegetables and feta cheese for a hint of tang!

Can it get any better than that?

Greek Pasta Salad

Fabulous Greek Pasta Salad

Fabulous Greek Pasta Salad

A delicious pasta salad with a greek flavored twist. Goes far so make for a crowd.

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Pasta salad
  • 1 pound tricolor Rotini (regular Rotini works too)
  • 3/4 medium English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (I also like to use the snacking cucumbers, no need to peel those or half)
  • 1 dry pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved (I cheat if I don’t have enough Kalamata I use black olives to supplement)
  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 3 cups firmly packed baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil until well combined.
  2. Make salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes, or as label directs. Drain, rinse under cold water and transfer to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, toss with dressing and serve. (I like best when served the next day, the flavors really meld by then)

If you make this for a crowd, take a copy of the recipe with you.

You will be asked for it!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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rocky

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

mine is very much the same ingredients. I prefer to use flat macaroni and some of the fresh basil that grows wild here. spinach is good, but I love arugala even better. it has that peppery sweet taste. the greeks also add seafood, soooo delicious. These people are so much fun, and food is always on their minds. have you been to cook outs with them?

Pamela

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

I don't like any seafood so that would not work for me but it could easily be added to this. Arugula has a bit more of a bitterness that detracts for me but I am sure for those that like it, it would make an excellent addition.

Liz Bender

Monday 3rd of July 2017

My entire family loved your Greek Salad and Crouton recipes ...Yum! Thank you so much.

Pamela

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Thank you for letting me know, I am so glad you all enjoyed them.

carole

Monday 12th of June 2017

This sounds tasty I've been messing around with some chicken salads to make life easier using dijon mustard as well and the results have been great. Adding this great one to the menu later this week. Summer and Salad just work well together.

Pamela

Monday 12th of June 2017

I agree, I seem to crave salad in summer time, and usually by summer I need to shed a few winter pounds from craving more carb loaded meals. Having a variety of easy, go to salad recipes makes it so much easier.

Jane

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

This sounds amazing. The vinaigrette makes it a step above the rest! Thanks!

Jane

Pamela

Thursday 8th of June 2017

The vinaigrette is a super delish one. I need to try it on just a green salad soon, I am sure it will be just as yummy.

Debbie

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

I love pasta salad ! Don't put onions in mine and sometimes add other veggies. Yummy! Yours is very similar.

Pamela

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Pasta salad can go so many directions and taste wonderful. I don't like strong onions but the red are usually mild enough they don't overpower, just enhance. Though I have a cousin who has developed a severe allergy to onions and garlic so I make it without when I take it to gatherings he is at.

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