Pasta, Potato & Grain Salads | April 5, 2021

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Ready, set, let’s go to Greece! This Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is filled with our favorite Mediterranean flavors. Greece is known for fresh and delicious cuisine. This salad incorporates traditional Greek Salad ingredients with pasta for any time of year!

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Fresh salad dressing!

My Sister in law, Sheri made this salad for me years ago and it became a staple in our pasta salad rotation! A few years later, I updated the dressing a bit. I changed it from a store bought bottled dressing with a few mix-in’s to a homemade dressing I know you will love.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

The original dressing recipe made with bottled dressing is on the post as well. This easy to make recipe can be made start to finish in about 30-40 minutes. I highly recommend refrigerating the salad for a few hours to let the flavors develop before serving! Like many pasta dishes, this Greek pasta salad is definitely best the next day as leftovers!

Pasta Salad recipe

Full of color and the perfect side

Our Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is full of amazing flavors and beautiful colors. Bright colors in recipes are not only pleasing to the eye, but usually more healthy as well!

This fun Mediterranean pasta salad is a perfect side dish for so many meals! We love this salad with the addition of grilled chicken or alongside any type of grilled meat or fish!

Mediterranean pasta salad recipe

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing for parties

Potluck for summer? This is the best salad to bring. It’s an instant hit and also delicious alongside burgers and hotdogs. Also, it travels well and can be made ahead!

How to make Greek Pasta Salad from scratch

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is one of my favorite salads to make when I host a party and offer a few different salads for a meal. The flavors in this salad are unique and stand out enough from most of our other favorites that it is distinct and different!

Greek Pasta Salad side dish

How to Make the Greek Pasta Salad:

  • Cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  • Rinse the cooked pasta with cold water, drain.
  • Set aside some of the feta and chopped veggies to top the salad.
  • Add the remaining chopped veggies (except tomatoes) to the salad bowl.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  • Fold the dressing, cheeses and tomatoes into the pasta/veggies mixture.
  • Sprinkle the reserved veggies and feta on top to finish it off!
Greek Pasta Salad

A few of our other favorite salads include: Basil Couscous Salad, Teriyaki Spinach Pasta Salad, Chicken Pear and Smoked Gouda Salad, and Mango Chicken Pasta Salad with Tarragon Dressing.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is made with fresh ingredients including tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, olives and feta cheese. It can be made in minutes and is best made ahead!

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Greek
Keyword pasta salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
cool time for pasta 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb small- shell shaped pasta
  • 1 cup diced celery or green or red pepper
  • 1 14-15 oz can small or medium pitted black or green olives drained
  • 1 medium cucumber seeded and diced, about 2 cups chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 3 medium diced tomatoes seeded and chopped OR 8 oz grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8-10 oz. crumbled feta (also reserve some for topping salad)

Dressing:

  • 1 1/4 cup prepared “Zesty Italian” bottled dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayo, regular or light
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • OR to make homemade dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3-1/2* cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayo or plain unsweetened Greek yogurt I prefer yogurt
  • 1 clove minced garlic about 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dry parsley or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, taking care to not overcook. Rinse with cold water and drain well.
  2. Add celery (or peppers), olives, cucumber, green onions, and tomatoes to pasta in large bowl. Set aside 1/2 to 1 cup of this mixture for topping salad.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. If using bottled dressing, whisk dressing, mayo, oregano and pepper. If homemade, place all ingredients in a jar or deep bowl or blender. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to mix dressing. Set in fridge until ready to use.

  4. Fold dressing and cheeses into pasta and vegetable mixture.

  5. Add tomatoes, folding in gently.

  6. Sprinkle reserved feta and a few reserved vegetables on top of salad before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • I use a portion of the dressing on the salad when tossing with vegetables and cheeses. If I serve it right away, I drizzle more on top after arranging. If I wait to serve it later in the day or the next day, I toss again with more dressing before serving and serve any remaining dressing on the side. 
  • When making the dressing, I start out with 1/3 cup of vinegar. If the dressing seems a little heavy, add another few tablespoons of white balsamic to the dressing and blend. You may also thin the dressing with a bit of cold water. 

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