Greek Pasta Salad


This side dish recipe for Greek Pasta Salad has all of the refreshing flavors of a classic Greek salad with cucumber, olives, and feta cheese. Everyone at your summer or 4th of July picnic will love this!

This side dish recipe for Greek Pasta Salad has all of the refreshing flavors of a classic Greek salad with cucumber, olives, and feta cheese. Everyone at your picnic will love this!

Greek food, especially Greek salad is one of my favorites, but I’ve never applied the “Greek salad” concept to pasta salad before!  I love this recipe because it’s not only a killer side dish for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or summer picnics, but it really goes with anything.  The spices and the red wine vinaigrette give this Greek pasta salad a wonderfully unique taste.

What side dishes are you making for this weekend? I could actually make a meal out of side dishes (and do sometimes).  In fact, I went to a party last weekend and skipped right over the chicken and made a meal out of the dips and sides.  I’m weird like that!

Mr. Wishes and I really liked this Greek pasta salad and he’s not usually one to like olives OR feta cheese, but it undeniably all tasted great together.  I just love the freshness all of the ingredients give it.  I also have a slight obsession with Kalamata olives.  I think I might even be more odd and add toasted pine nuts next time!

If you’re loving summer pasta salads, be sure to check out my Classic Italian Pasta Salad made with pepperoni and my Avocado BLT Pasta Salad that’s creamy and loaded with crispy bacon – they are both family favorites! You can also check out my full collection of Pasta Salad Recipes. If macaroni salad is more you’re thing, you’ll love this Homestyle Macaroni Salad loaded with veggies from my friend Melissa.

Tip: the 3 hours includes the time for refrigeration, so don’t see the time listed under the recipe and let it deter you from making this.  Απολαύστε!  (That makes “enjoy” in Greek) 🙂

This recipe for Greek Pasta Salad has all of the simple flavors of a classic Greek salad with cucumber, olives, and crumbled feta cheese. Great side dish for any summer BBQ, holiday, or picnic.

Greek Pasta Salad
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Greek
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6-8
This side dish recipe for Greek Pasta Salad has all of the refreshing flavors of a classic Greek salad with cucumber, olives, and feta cheese. Everyone at your summer picnic will love this!
  • Pasta salad:
  • 12 oz. of bite-size uncooked pasta (I used shells. You can also use gluten-free)
  • 2 cups medium diced seedless cucumber, lightly sprinkled with salt
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped coarse or kept whole
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente (use the time on the pasta box as a guide). Strain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl to cool while you make the dressing.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, except for the olive oil. While whisking, stream in the olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Add the cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese to the bowl with the pasta.
  4. Mix the dressing ingredients, except for the salt and pepper, in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing over the pasta, tossing to combine, add salt and pepper to taste, then cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours or overnight for the flavors to fully come together. When ready to serve, toss the pasta salad again. Adjust seasonings as needed. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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16 Responses to “Greek Pasta Salad”

  1. June 30, 2015 at 6:31 AM #

    How can your hubby not like feta cheese! I would eat tubs of it if I
    This salad looks perfect for a Summer bbq!

  2. June 30, 2015 at 6:42 AM #

    Dear Ashley, I love mayo-free salads like this. This sounds wonderful…it is just my kind of pasta salad! xo, Catherine

  3. June 30, 2015 at 12:11 PM #

    We love Greek food and adore our city’s annual Greek Festival. Now that it’s over (boo hoo), we need to find a way to get our Greek fix… like this awesome pasta salad! Yay!

  4. June 30, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    Greek salad in any form is always a winner. I love that your’s has plenty of feta tossed in with the pasta.

  5. June 30, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    Not weird at all – sometimes the sides are the best! This pasta salad definitely sounds like something I could make a meal out of – love the flavors.

  6. June 30, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

    You are not weird for making a meal out of dips and sides. I could make a meal out of this pasta salad alone!

  7. July 1, 2015 at 9:29 AM #

    I love salads in the summertime Ashley – and this is a great one to add to my rotation!

  8. July 1, 2015 at 10:06 AM #

    My husband doesn’t like feta at all either! Or Cilantro for that matter…I always make a JK batch and an everyone else batch when those ingredients are involved. I’d eat your pasta salad right up!

  9. July 1, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

    I saw this on instagram and I think on twitter yesterday and I just had to come tell you how much I love these flavors together! Greek food is so, so good!

  10. July 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM #

    Oh yum! Love that you combined all those delicious Greek ingredients in a pasta salad. Great idea and great side for a cookout.

  11. July 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM #

    I love the idea of Greek pasta salad! Haven’t had it before, but I will. 😉 Thanks for this.

  12. July 1, 2015 at 1:48 PM #

    I love that you combined Greek salad and pasta together! Such a fun spin!

  13. July 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM #

    I am so with you – the side dishes are the best part of so many meals and gatherings! I guess it’s the same way that appetizers always seem to taste better than entrees at restaurants. : ) Love this Greek pasta salad and it would go quick here! Enjoy the 4th!

  14. July 1, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

    Yummy – we’re huge Greek salad fans and turning it into a pasta salad is such a great idea!

  15. July 1, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    Umm… I thought some side dishes were meals…maybe Im weird too lol I could totally make a meal out of just this Greek pasta salad! I love Greek inspired foods! YUM!

  16. July 8, 2015 at 8:32 AM #

    I don’t know about those people that don’t like feta. 🙂 I would totally swim in a vat of this pasta salad, totally my jam!

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