A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty with grilled meats and at all your backyard barbecues.
This Easy Greek Pasta Salad is all about one thing: The chunks of feta cheese.
Yes, I love the chewy pasta, the crunch of the fresh veggies, and the tangy dressing. It’s basically summer in a bowl, colorful and fresh.
But honestly? It’s all about the feta for me.
Every time I see someone on the Food Network making a salad with chunks of feta cheese, I vow to stop what I’m doing and immediately follow their lead.
And now, you can too.
Pick Your Pasta
First, you can use whatever pasta you want in this salad. I love rotini because it’s fun to eat and the kids love it. I also love the way the dressing gets caught in the crannies and infuses the pasta with flavor. Since all the other ingredients are chopped, I definitely suggest going with something bite-sized (as opposed to spaghetti noodles).
An Easy Red Wine Vinaigrette
This red wine vinaigrette is so simple and flavorful, you can throw it together right before you need it. And, it comes together in minutes with just a few pantry ingredients. Save the recipe because you’ll want it on all your other salads, too!
I love the classic combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and olives. I use Persian cucumbers because they taste the best (as if I just picked them from my own garden). They also have soft skins (no peeling) and minimal seeds (no seeding). Hothouse or Japanese cucumbers are another good choice if you can’t find Persians.
In traditional Greek salads, chopping up a tomato is the norm. Since grocery store tomatoes can be unpredictable, I go with my favorite brand of grape tomatoes and slice them lengthwise. I also use red onion and kalamata olives, but you are welcome to substitute your favorite onions and olives.
Feta, Glorious Feta
Be sure to buy a CHUNK of feta cheese, not the crumbled kind. It’s just not the same. The goal is uniformly cubed salty bites of feta because they look great and taste even better. It really brings the salad together!
This is one pasta salad your guests will rave over! It is simply the BEST with your favorite summery grilled meats (find my favorite grilled chicken recipe here) or at any potluck or picnic you are attending.
Easy Greek Pasta Salad
- 1 pound rotini or other small pasta
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 8 ounces Persian cucumbers, diced (about 3)
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 (8 ounce) chunk feta cheese, cubed
- ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
- To cook the pasta, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water.
- Meanwhile, to make the dressing, in a small bowl whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, feta, and olives. Drizzle with dressing. Toss gently until uniformly combined and serve.
Oh how our guests loved this chicken!
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