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Greek Pasta Salad

Add some bright and tangy Mediterranean flavor to a classic potluck dish with this fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad! This simple side dish is made by tossing pasta, chickpeas, feta cheese, and an assortment of veggies in a zesty Greek dressing.

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When it comes to side dishes, there’s almost nothing easier than throwing together a chilled pasta salad! It’s refreshing, salty, and savory. My easy Greek pasta salad is no different! In just five minutes, you can have this tangy and filling salad ready to be paired with your favorite Greek entrée. All you’ll need is some pasta, chickpeas, a few veggies, and your favorite Greek dressing to get started! 

Some of my favorite elements in this pasta salad are the kalamata olives, pimentos, and diced red onion. The sharp, salty flavors of these three ingredients cut through the starchiness of the pasta and nuttiness of the chickpeas beautifully! Adding these quintessential Mediterranean flavors to this simple pasta salad turns it into a unique dish that satisfies both the stomach and the palette. This quick and easy pasta salad is sure to add a pop of bright flavor to any plate!

Ingredients to Make Greek Pasta Salad:

  • Rotini Pasta—Cooked according to package directions.
  • Chickpeas—Canned and drained. 
  • Feta Cheese Crumbles—Adds a rich and creamy element to this bright and crunchy dish.
  • Red Onion—Diced into small pieces.
  • Kalamata Olives—Give this salad a pop of tangy, salty flavor.
  • Pimentos—These sweet and mild chili peppers are similar in flavor to a red bell pepper.
  • Greek Dressing—Your favorite homemade recipe or store-bought brand. 

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad:

In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken peas, feta cheese, red onion, olives and pimientos.Pour dressing over the pasta mixture and mix until evenly coated. Chill in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.

Notes & Tips

How to Store Leftover Greek Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad is a great dish to make ahead of time and store to enjoy later! When properly stored in an airtight container, this salty and tangy dish will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the fridge. This salad is best enjoyed cold, so feel free to serve it straight from the fridge. Unfortunately, Greek pasta salad doesn’t freeze well.

What to Serve with Greek Pasta Salad

This bright, fresh, and tangy Greek pasta salad pairs well with heavier entrées and other Greek-inspired dishes. I like to serve my pasta salad alongside some chicken or steak kabobs, Gyros, or baked lamb. I also find that this easy pasta salad pairs well with other light sides such as homemade pita bread and tzatziki sauce or hummus, lemon roasted potatoes, and whipped feta.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • I typically serve this pasta salad as a side dish, but if you add some extra protein like grilled chicken or steak, you could easily serve it as an entrée.
  • If you don’t have any rotini pasta on hand, you can swap it out for some penne or bow tie pasta.
  • Not a fan of feta cheese? Substitute in any other kind of soft, creamy cheese like halloumi, goat cheese, or even some cottage cheese!
  • I like this salad best when all the ingredients are chopped into equal-sized pieces. That way, you get a little bit of everything in every bite!

FAQs

What is the difference between Mediterranean pasta salad and Greek pasta salad?

Because Greek food is a type of Mediterranean food, my Greek pasta salad recipe is very similar to many Mediterranean pasta salad recipes. Both Greek pasta salad and Mediterranean pasta salad feature cooked noodles, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and an array of veggies tossed in an olive-oil-based dressing.  Many Mediterranean pasta salad recipes omit the chickpeas and instead include sliced cherry tomatoes.

What are mistakes to avoid when making pasta salad?

The biggest mistake to avoid when making this easy Greek pasta salad is overcooking the pasta! You want your rotini to be al dente. If the noodles are too soft, they’ll fall apart and turn into a mushy mess when you try to toss them with the other ingredients. Also be sure that you heavily salt the water you use to boil the pasta; this will help bring out all the bright and tangy flavors in this dish!

Should you rinse pasta when making Greek pasta salad?

Yes! I recommend thoroughly rinsing your cooked rotini under cool water before adding it to your Greek pasta salad. This will help lower the temperature of the pasta, making it easier to incorporate into the other cold and room temperature ingredients. 

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Greek Pasta Salad

Course: SaladsDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta, cooked 16 ounces chicken peas

  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles

  • 1 cup red onion, diced

  • 1 cup kalamata olives 4 ounces pimientos

  • 1 cup greek dressing

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken peas, feta cheese, red onion, olives and pimientos.
  • Pour dressing over the pasta mixture and mix until evenly coated. Chill in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.

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