Greek Pasta Salad is quick and easy to make, loaded with Mediterranean flavors, and totally delicious. It’s the perfect salad to serve at a summer cookout or potluck, or for meal prepping your weekly lunches.
This colorful side dish is loaded with pasta and fresh vegetables, all tossed in a creamy Greek salad dressing with fresh dill or parsley from the garden.
Why You'll Love Greek Pasta Salad
- Loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Greek flavors are abundant in this salad. In this salad, your favorite pasta will share the stage with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
- A colorful side dish. All those delicious ingredients do more than make this Greek pasta salad taste great they it also make it look beautiful! If you’re feeding picky children or taking this to an event, then you know presentation matters.
- Quick and easy. When you make this Greek pasta salad, you will spend most of the time chopping the ingredients. All it takes to make this is boil the pasta, chop up the veggies, and toss everything together. So easy.
- Great for meal prep. If you love to meal prep, this Mediterranean pasta salad is for you. Prepare it at the beginning of the week for a few days of easy lunches with no effort. In fact, leftovers might even taste better the next day.
- You’ll want to have seconds. This recipe uses a ½ pound of pasta, but you can easily double this recipe and use a whole box instead. Plus, your family will be happy to hear that they need to finish off the leftovers.
To make this delicious Greek Pasta Salad, you will need the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):
- pasta - use any small shaped pasta. I like using rotini or fusili because of how it holds on to the delicious creamy Greek dressing in every crevice.
- grape tomatoes - or substitute with cherry tomatos or roma tomatoes chopped into 1-inch pieces.
- mini cucumbers
- bell pepper - I used a green pepper, but you can use any color or combination of bell peppers that you want.
- red onion
- kalamata olives
- feta cheese
- fresh dill - fresh dill adds in a classic Greek flavor, but you can feel free to substitute with fresh parsley instead if you don't have any dill.
- salad dressing - we made creamy Greek dressing in minutes using our homemade Greek Salad Dressing and Plain Yogurt. You can also just use Greek Salad Dressing for a non-creamy option.
You will also need measuring cups and spoons, a medium cooking pot, and mixing bowls.
How to Make the Best Greek Pasta Salad
- Cook pasta. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process and to cool the pasta down.
- Combine ingredients. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl or serving bowl. If not assembling the salad immediately, add some olive oil and toss together to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Otherwise, add remaining ingredients.
- Make dressing. In a small mixing bowl, combine Greek salad dressing and yogurt and stir until smooth. Pour the dressing on top, and toss to combine.
- Serve. You can serve the pasta salad immediately, or cover the bowl tightly with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This will allow all the flavours to infuse into each other more. When ready to serve, give the salad a good toss and add a little more dressing, if desired.
How to Serve
This Greek Pasta Salad tastes best served cold or at room temperature. Serve this side salad with a protein like grilled chicken or fish or a summer main like burgers paired with grilled vegetables.
Some of my favorite recipes to serve this with at a summer cookout or potluck are:
- Classic Hamburgers
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Garlic Shrimp Skewers
- Potato Salad
- Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
- Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
- How to store: Keep leftover Greek pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Tip for leftovers: When you store this pasta salad, it’s normal for the dressing and other veggie juices to sink to the bottom. To even out the flavor, give your salad a good toss inside a water-tight container before serving leftovers.
More Greek Recipes
- 30 Best Greek Recipes
- Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
- Homemade Pita Bread
- Greek Salad
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Greek Chicken Gyros
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Greek Pasta Salad
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Diet: Vegetarian
Greek Pasta Salad is quick and easy, loaded with Mediterranean flavors, and delicious. Serve it at a summer cookout or potluck, or meal prep weekly lunches.
- ½ pound (8 ounces) pasta, uncooked
- 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes (1 pint), halved
- 1 ½ cups mini cucumbers halved and sliced (3-4 mini cucumbers)
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ½ cup kalamata black olives, halved
- ½ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill (or parsley), finely chopped
- ½ cup Greek salad dressing, homemade or store-bought
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process and to cool the pasta down.
- Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl or serving bowl. If not assembling the salad immediately, add some olive oil and toss together to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Otherwise, add remaining ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine Greek salad dressing and yogurt and stir until smooth. Pour the dressing on top, and toss to combine.
- You can serve the pasta salad immediately, or cover the bowl tightly with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This will allow all the flavours to infuse into each other more. When ready to serve, give the salad a good toss and add a little more dressing, if desired.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Tossed
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: greek pasta salad, pasta salad, greek style pasta salad, mediterranean pasta salad
Delicious! I used fresh parsley as suggested and omitted the yogurt as I didn't have any and it turned out awesome! Will make again for sure and will try with the yogurt. Thanks guys! Your recipes never disappoint!