Greek Pasta Salad

This Greek Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for entertaining - you can make it ahead of time and serve it room temperature.

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Greek Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 pound dried rotini or fusilli
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges OR 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 half red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in cool water for 10 minutes (about ½ cup)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • cups feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil or mint
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch dried marjoram
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup olive oil


  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and. Whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

  3. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, red pepper, and olives in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta, toss in the feta cheese and add as much dressing as you would like (you may have some dressing left over).
  4. Finally, toss in the fresh basil or mint, and season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature in a serving bowl or over a bed of greens on a large platter.

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  1. 5 stars
    Very good salad, especially for these hot summer days. It took me longer to talk myself into going to the store for the items I did not have than it took to make the salad. I served it with cold boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce for dinner and then enjoyed it for several lunches after that.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made it! Having a bit at room temp for lunch. Will serve with my chicken for dinner. It’s yummy! Great summer meal- if you like lemon I squeezed a wedge over my salad at the end. I like the freshness! For Trader Joe shoppers I got their Mediterranean feta cheese on container and used it. Excellent! Delicious Meredith! Thank you! It’s a 5 star!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! The mint is a great addition. I used both basil and mint. I used Trader Joe’s Mediterranean feta which has great flavor. And a squeeze of lemon at the end before serving. Followed all instructions and ingredients to a tee! Yummy! Great recipe! Thank you! Ice for summer as side dish or main dish!

  4. I’m Greek and make this all the time. Sometimes, I’ll add some rotisserie chicken and serve for our lunch meal.

  5. 5 stars
    My new favorite summer pasta salad ! Perfect for a picnics!! In fact, it will be my contribution to my neighbor’s fête this Sunday! OPA !!!!!

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