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Monday, May 6, 2013

Greek Pasta Salad

This is the second installment in our series of Salad Sunday dinners.  Throughout the summer months, we are going to try a new dinner salad each and every Sunday night, and we have lots of new recipes coming up.  Dinner salads are a great way to try new vegetables, vinaigrettes and dressings, or even a couple of new salad toppings.

Tonight we made a salad that can be served as a side salad or as a main dish for those warm summer evenings that are fast approaching.  This Greek Pasta Salad has a delicious mix of pasta, kalamata olives, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, a light olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing, and is topped off with a sprinkle of feta cheese.  If you want to increase the protein in this salad, you could easily add one cup of diced cooked chicken and it would taste great.

This is a very simple to prepare salad and it can actually be made several hours in advance.  The longer the salad has to marinate, the better the dressing will taste, so you could easily make the salad in the early afternoon and serve it for dinner.  Enjoy!!

8 oz  Dry Pasta, such as Mostaccioli Rigati or Penne, regular or whole wheat
1-1/2 cups  Grape Tomatoes, whole or halved
1 medium  Cucumber, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
1 or 2  Green Onions, chopped
1/2 cup  Pitted Kalamata Olives, cut in half
1/3 cup  Olive Oil
2 TB  Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp  Dried Basil (or 1 TB fresh, chopped)
1 tsp  Dried Greek Oregano (or 1 TB fresh, chopped)
1/2 tsp  Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp  Freshly Ground Black Pepper
4 oz  Feta Cheese, crumbled

In a medium pot, cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain the cooked pasta, then rinse under cool water.  Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl.

Add the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, and olives to the pasta.

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, basil, oregano and salt and pepper.  Whisk to combine then add to the pasta and stir gently to coat.  Refrigerate for 1 hour, if possible, and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese just before serving.


  1. That pasta salad screams greek! Wonderful flavors, definitely want to try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Thanks for visiting, Eric, and I hope you enjoy the Greek Salad.


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