This 20-Minute Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh veggies, Kalamata olives, and tangy feta cheese! Add some grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a heartier meal. A crowd-pleasing side dish perfect for Summer parties, potlucks, and picnics.
Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad
Popping in on this sunny Saturday to share with you my new favorite dinner: Greek Style Pasta Salad! If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you already know I have nothing but love for pasta salad. More specifically, super quick, super easy, and super delicious pasta salads. Because let’s be real: is there anything better than a big bowl of cold pasta salad on a hot Summer afternoon? The answer is no! So I truly hope you love pasta salad too! Because when it comes to this obsession, I see no end in sight 😉
And today this vibrant Greek-Style Pasta Salad joins the party! You guys.. this one is totally a keeper! Because when al dente pasta, crunchy veggies, tangy feta cheese, and creamy tzatziki vinaigrette join forces… you just know it’s going to be good. I actually brought this Greek inspired salad to a BBQ last weekend and it was the first dish gone! I couldn’t believe it! And half of the party guests ended up asking me for the recipe. That was when I knew I had to hop online and share it with you guys, too!
Pasta Salad Ingredients
- farfalle pasta AKA bow ties (but any small noodle shape will work)
- cherry tomatoes (chopped tomatoes will work in a pinch!)
- romaine lettuce (choose extra crispy leaves, when possible)
- fresh parsley
- kalamata olives
- red onion
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- sugar (a drizzle of honey can work, too)
- salt and pepper
- tzatziki sauce
The last 7 ingredients will be used to make a creamy Greek red wine vinaigrette! I love using tzatziki sauce, which I usually buy at Trader Joe’s. But if you can’t find it, Greek yogurt will work OK. But you may want to add a little more vinegar lemon juice to the dressing. And if you’re watching your saturated fat intake, try zero fat Greek yogurt. If you want even more veggies, try adding in some bell pepper or avocado!
Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
- Add bow tie pasta to a large pot and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the vegetables and dressing.
- In a large bowl combine the prepared cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, parsley, olives, and onion.
- In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
- Add in the tzatziki sauce and mix until combined. Taste and add seasoning as needed. I almost always add more salt and pepper.
- When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it at once and quickly rinse it under cold water until cool, about 1 minute. This helps it cool quickly and keep its firmness.
- Place pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing to pasta and toss well to coat. Add in the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, olives, onion, and feta and toss to combine. Serve at once, or chill until needed.
This pasta salad recipe can be made in exactly 20 minutes! I promise… I’ve timed myself making it 3 times! But you’ll need to work quickly and efficiently. When you set your water on the stove to boil, get busy chopping those veggies and making the dressing! That way when the pasta is cooked and drained, all you need to do is add everything together and toss!
Can pasta salad be made ahead of time?
Yes!!! However I find it’s best served right after it’s been tossed with the dressing.
How long will pasta salad last?
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Sometimes I make a batch of pasta salad at the beginning of the week so I can enjoy a bowl everyday for lunch!
This pasta salad will be OK sitting out in a cool environment for about 2 hours, however, due to the deliciously creamy nature of tzatziki, it shouldn’t be left out in extremely warm conditions for long amounts of time. And should always be refrigerated when not being served.
If you’re looking to bulk this pasta salad up, try adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or chickpeas!
This recipe is so quick and easy! And perfect for lunch or dinner! I know we’ll be making this Greek pasta salad as an easy side all Summer long! Hope you do too 😉
For more Pasta Salad Recipes, Check Out:
- 20-Minute Rainbow Veggie Pasta Salad
- Avocado BLT Pasta Salad
- 20-Minute Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta Salad
And if you try this recipe for Greek Pasta Salad, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day ♥
20-Minute Greek Pasta Salad
- 1 pound farfalle pasta
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups (about 8 leaves) romaine lettuce, chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- (1) 8 ounce container crumbled feta
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
- 1 cup tzatziki sauce
- Place a large pot of salted water over high heat; bring to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, prepare the vegetables and dressing. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise and remove the seeds with small spoon; slice into half-moons and set aside. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half; roughly chop the romaine lettuce; finely chop the parsley; slice the olives in half; thinly slice the onion; set aside. In a small bowl combine the minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper; whisk well to combine. Add in the tzatziki sauce and mix well; season to taste.
- When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it at once and quickly rinse it under cold water until cool, about 1 minute. Place cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing to pasta and toss well to coat.
- Add the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, olives, onion, and feta and toss to combine. Serve at once, or chill until needed.