This fresh and brightly-flavored simple Greek pasta salad makes an excellent spring time side dish or a simple main course with the addition of grilled shrimp or chicken.
I just don’t think you can beat this zesty Greek flavor combination.
Inspiration for this salad is taken directly from my mom, who makes a similar delicious lettuce-less side salad for my Greek dad. Our Greek ties run deep and I just can’t resist anything with Kalamata olives and feta. The best thing about this salad is that it can easily be modified to fit your preferences.
Bulk up the nutrition by adding more veggies.
Veggies for Greek salad:
- red onions
- chopped baby spinach
- bell peppers
- green onions
You can also switch out the pasta for Israeli couscous, quinoa, chickpeas or fresh zoodles.
This salad is brightened up by fresh lemon juice and oregano and is always a hit with my family and friends. It’s a weekly staple in our home, meaning it is kid-friendly and simple to throw together. I hope you enjoy this delicious and zesty Greek pasta salad as much as we do!
Simple Greek Pasta Salad
This fresh and brightly-flavored Greek salad makes an excellent spring time side dish or a simple main course with the addition of grilled shrimp or chicken.
- For the Salad
- 8 oz pasta of choice (I used bowtie), cooked and cooled
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large cucumber, diced
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
- 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- For the Dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp on olive oil and toss to coat to prevent pasta from sticking.
- While pasta cooks, wash and prep salad ingredients.
- In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk to mix thoroughly.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Serve room temperature or chilled.
emma @ be mom strong says
Hope she feels better soon! It’s been gorgeous here in VA and I’m so ready for warm weather to STAY!
Taca @ A Side Of Dessert says
This looks delicious! I’ve made a similar recipe for my family recently and it was a huge hit! Now that picture?!?! Seriously?! That sunset is amazing!! Hope everyone is feeling as good as new today!
This salad looks fantastic. I can not wait until grocery shopping day so I can whip it up! We have been having some nice weather too, but I can not wait until we hit 70’s (consistently) – the sunset picture is just gorgeous!
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says
I love greek salads so this pasta salad is right up my alley! Our neighbors growing up were Greek and they made pasta salads like this frequently. I loved them but I never tried making it myself!
Joanna @Makingmine says
I’ve been putting grape tomatoes and feta on all my salads recently – I can’t get enough of the combo! This salad looks great for a grilling side – yum!
Wow! That outdoor shot is just gorgeous! Gets me excited for summer 🙂
Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey says
That sunset picture is gorgeous!! I love pasta salads and Greek salad so I’ll have to try this soon! I make something similar with quinoa and I love it!
We had that Greek salad last night, minus the pasta. Will have to try that too. What a beautiful sky!
Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says
That is a beautiful sunset! The perks of living near some water…
I hope Hailey feels better soon. I have a version of the deep cough and even lost my voice this past weekend because of it!
I’m drooling over here! I am going to bookmark this page and make this next week; my friend mentioned she was eating a Greek salad with chickpeas yesterday, so maybe I’ll add some of those to the mix, too.
Your view is incredible!
Parita @ myinnershakti says
Enjoy that weather – looks beautiful!
I can’t wait to try this pasta salad – love all of those flavors. Nothing beats a little simplicity!
Rachel Starr says
YUM! I’m half Greek and I’m totally with you on the kalamata olives and feta; so salty, so good 😉 I make a similar version of a Greek pasta salad with orzo pasta and I use plain Greek yogurt and mayo along with my own special blend of Greek seasoning. Sometimes I’ll even throw in some left over grilled chicken. It’s really good and something our whole family will eat.
Yum, yum, yum! Somehow you’re the second greek recipe in my feedly this morning, so I’ll probably be making something similar soon!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says
This looks delicious! Love all the color! I’m thinking it’d make for the perfect spring/summer dinner.
Love pasta salads – especially in the summer time! I’ll have to pin this to serve up the next time we grill (which will hopefully be soon).
Feel better, Hailey!
I’m not one bit Greek but I’m with you on anything with feta and kalamatas!!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Yum! Happy St. Patricks Day!
Julia @ LordStillLovesMe says
Feta cheese is probably my favorite thing when it comes to flavoring my salads. I think it may just be a must for me. I am with you- I cannot resist Greek anything.
This recipe looks so yummy. I’m otw to the grocery store, this is tomorrow nights dinner.
Delish! I have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!:)
Brittany, thanks for sharing this post, especially the spectacular photo of the sunset! My family and friends really enjoyed it at the bbq party I had yesterday. I always loved Greek salads and this Greek pasta salad didn’t disappoint. I just felt that the pasta needed more olive oil so I increased the ratio.
Erin L says
Delicious & easy! Thank you!