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A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty alongside grilled meats at all your backyard barbecues.

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Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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.

The red wine vinaigrette that’s tossed with this cucumber pasta salad 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. 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.

This is one Greek pasta salad your guests will rave about! 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.

Pouring red wine vinaigrette into a bowl full of Greek Pasta Salad ingredients.

What’s Needed for Greek Pasta Salad?

The ingredients list for this Greek pasta salad recipe is short and sweet:

  • Rotini 
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Persian cucumbers
  • Red onion
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Pitted Kalamata olives

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad

This feta and cucumber pasta salad couldn’t be easier to make! Here are the basic steps to making this simple pasta salad recipe: 

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, then drain and let cool. 
  2. Whisk together the Greek dressing. 
  3. Toss together the prepared vegetables, feta, and cooled pasta in a large bowl. 
  4. Drizzle over the dressing and toss to combine. 

How Long Will Pasta Salad Last?

To maximize the shelf life of pasta salad for safety and quality, refrigerate the pasta salad in airtight containers. Properly stored, pasta salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Grabbing two scoopfuls of Greek Pasta Salad in a clear bowl.

What’s the Best Pasta for Pasta Salad?

You can use whatever pasta you want in this Greek Pasta 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 nooks and crannies and infuses the pasta with flavor. Since all the other ingredients are chopped, I definitely suggest going with something thicker and bite-sized (as opposed to long, skinny spaghetti noodles).

Tips for the Best Pasta Salad 

Note that slightly undercooked pasta is best in this simple pasta salad so that it doesn’t absorb all of that dressing and go extra soft in serving.

I use Persian cucumbers in this easy pasta salad recipe 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.

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!

Feta cheese is sold in a lot of varieties lately, so if you’re up for it we totally recommend trying a flavored versus traditional feta cheese. There’s not going to be a huge change but it gives an extra little something. And if you’re not feeling the feta cheese thing you can easily use parmesan or skip the cheese all together.

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Greek Pasta Salad | Oh Sweet Basil

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

4.32 from 51 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty alongside grilled meats at all your backyard barbecues.

Ingredients

For the Greek Dressing:

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Pasta Salad:

  • 1 pound rotini pasta (or other small pasta)
  • 8 ounces Persian cucumbers , diced (about 3)
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes , halved lengthwise
  • 8 ounces feta cheese , cubed
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

Instructions

  • 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, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 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.

Notes

Pasta Salad can be stored for about 5 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Sodium 124mg5%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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19 comments

  • Hi, I appricaitte you recipie i tried it was Amazing. I would like to have some more summer grilling and some salad reciepe.

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  • Hi,
    Just wondering if I’m making this a day in advance should I add everything in the day before or leave some things out until day of? Thank you!!

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    • A day in advance should be just fine for all the ingredients. I actually prefer it after it sits for a few hours! Enjoy!

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  • This salad is so, so good! It hit the spot on a cold winter day. I left out the tomatoes because I don’t really like them and used green olives instead of kalamata olives, but it still turned out great! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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    • Love to hear this Ashley!! I love pasta salads in the winter. Makes me feel like it’s summer time! Thank you for the feedback!

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  • The best Greek pasta and the dressing is amazing!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • I made this Greek Pasta Salad over the weekend and it was a big hit! I love Greek Pasta Salad, but never made it before for some reason. This is now my go to recipe that I’ll be making often. Thanks so much! 

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    • Hurray! So glad it was a hit in your house!

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  • Made this Greek Salad for supper tonight. So happy to have the tomatoes, purple onions, and cukes from our garden. OM it is delicious.  My husband and I could not stop eating it. I will certainly make it over and over again. Perfect to take to someones home or to a pot luck. YUMMY.
    (The only thing I did was add 1/2 tsp of Dijon Mustard to the dressing so the oil and vinegar would not separate. Added extra garlic too 🙂 ).
    Thank you for sharing this recipe Carrian and Cade.
    Darlene
    Nova Scotia

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    • Thank you for the feedback Darlene! It is such a yummy recipe for using garden fresh veggies!

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  • If I make the salad a few hours in advance, can the feta cheese still be added or should that wait until just before serving?

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    • I would add it right before serving or it gets mushy.

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  • Can you tell me how much is one serving?

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    • Hi Debi! One serving is about 1 cup.

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  • I can’t see where I can print the Greek pasta salad recipe.  

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  • where can I find the Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing recipe?

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    • It’s in the recipe. 🙂

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