Greek pasta salad is a riff on Greek salad, but with pasta!  Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, bell pepper, and onions are tossed with penne pasta, feta, and fresh dill in a garlicky Greek-style vinaigrette that is almost too easy.  Take this with you to warm weather gatherings and barbecues or serve as a simple side to grilled meat.  

Closeup shot of Greek pasta salad in white bowl.

We love a good Greek salad, but like any other salad that includes romaine or other lettuce, it can become soggy once it’s been dressed and often doesn’t hold up well for transporting.

 

This is one of the reasons we love pasta salads, and more specifically, this Greek pasta salad.

It’s got all the best of a Greek salad:  Kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh dill, and feta, but because it also includes pasta, Greek pasta salad holds up well to time in the fridge as well as transport.

Serve alongside grilled chicken thighs, grilled pork chops, or by itself, it’s one of our favorite pasta salads for good reason!

Ingredients shown: oil, vinegar, feta, pepper, pasta, tomatoes, onion, olives, cucumber, dill, lemons, garlic, and oregano.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

  1. Slice a large English cucumber and remove the seeds from the center using a spoon.  Dice the cucumber, and slice 12 ounces of cherry tomatoes and 1/2 cup of Kalamata olives.  Dice one large yellow bell pepper and one medium red onion.  Chop 1/2 cup of fresh dill.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil (2 tablespoons of salt per gallon of water) and cook one pound of pasta to al dente.  While waiting for the water to boil, begin to prepare the Greek dressing by combining 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 3 teaspoons dried oregano, and 2 cloves of garlic that have been minced and turned into a paste.  These can be combined in a blender, whisked in a bowl, or added to a wide-mouth mason jar and mixed with an immersion blender as shown below. Taste test and add salt and pepper as needed.

Greek pasta salad recipe process shot collage.

  1. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it through a colander and rinse it until cold.  Note: Pasta salads are the only time we advise rinsing pasta and this is simply to stop the cooking process.  We do not recommend rinsing pasta for any other types of recipes.  Once the pasta is cool, combine the pasta, olives, onion, cucumber, pepper, and fresh dill and give it a mix. 
  2. Add in the tomatoes and half the dressing and mix well.  If you need more dressing, add a little at a time to get the consistency just right.  Any remaining dressing can be served on the side or saved in the fridge for a green salad during the week. Allowing the pasta salad to set in the fridge for at least one hour before serving will intensify the flavors.  Crumble and add the feta right before serving and serve a little extra on the side as well.  Enjoy!

Greek pasta salad in large serving bowl with plate of feta cheese on the side.

Top tips for great Greek pasta salad

  • The pasta. We used penne in this recipe but you definitely use other pasta shapes like bowties or fusilli if you prefer. Whichever you choose, just be sure to cook it al dente and rinse with the cold water to stop the pasta from cooking. Note: Pasta salads are the only time you will ever want to rinse the pasta to cool it down.
  • The veggies and herbs.  For us, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions are a must in a Greek pasta salad.  We’ve also added a yellow pepper here for additional texture and color.  Feel free to add in other veggies you love and make it your own.  We’ve also added fresh dill which really amplifies the flavor of this Greek-style pasta salad but if you prefer to use another fresh herb, like parsley, that would work as well.
  • The feta.  Some groceries will sell pre-crumbled feta.  This will definitely make it easier for you, however, we recommend buying a block of the best feta you can find.  The ingredients in Greek pasta salad are pretty simple so if you can use better quality feta it will really help the flavors stand out even more.  
  • Let it chill.  Allowing the Greek pasta salad to chill in the fridge for about an hour prior to serving will help intensify the flavor helping the salad to taste even better!

Greek pasta salad in white bowl.

More salads for summer

In the summer, there’s nothing better than some grilled meat or veggies served alongside a salad, or pasta salad.  Here are our favorites!

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Greek Pasta Salad

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Greek pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, bell pepper, and onions tossed with penne pasta, feta, and dill in a garlicky Greek-style vinaigrette.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound penne pasta cooked al dente and rinsed until cold
  • 8 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives pitted and sliced
  • 1 large English cucumber diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped

For the Greek dressing

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic paste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

For the dressing

  • Combine together all of the dressing ingredients and whisk until emulsified. Alternatively, use a food processor or blender. Taste test the dressing and season with salt and pepper if required.

For the Greek pasta salad

  • Cook pasta in salted water until al dente, then drain and rinse until cold.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pasta, tomatoes, onion, olives, cucumber, pepper, and fresh dill.
  • Pour half of the dressing on top of the pasta salad and mix well. If you need more dressing, add a bit at a time to get the consistency just right. The remaining dressing can be served on the side or saved in the fridge for a green salad during the week.
  • The Greek pasta salad flavor will taste much better if chilled for at least an hour before serving. Add all of the feta and mix well right before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Chilling for a few hours before serving will really amplify the flavor.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.4g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 27.7g | Saturated Fat: 7.4g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4.5g | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! My daughter is 3, and eats literally anything (kimchi, curry, mutton, sushi, you name it- she eats it), and this her favorite thing in the world to eat. I make it at least once a month. Thanks as always, and I wish you well!

    1. Hi Nate, so happy you and your granddaughter enjoy this recipe. Sounds like she’s an adventurous eater which is incredible!

  2. 5 stars
    Another winner. I served this as a light dinner for a small committee I chair (6 people). I tossed in shrimp which I had marinated in a little bit of the dressing beforehand. The addition of dill is genius. Massive hit. Light, summery and delicious. This one is a keeper for sure. Oh, before I take my leave – I want to echo others in expressing you MUST put out a cookbook!!!!! Thanks again.

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for the comment! I’m so happy you liked this and that you made it your own by adding the shrimp! A cookbook is on our to-do list for 2023 so stay tuned. Thanks for your support!

      1. 5 stars
        So glad to have found this recipe! I needed an easy lunch for a large group of people, and this fit the bill perfectly. Especially love that it can be made ahead of time (I made it the day before and added a bit of leftover dressing along with the feta just before serving). Unfortunately I did not have fresh dill on hand so instead I used dried dill mixed directly into the dressing, and it was delicious! I’m sure the fresh dill would make it even tastier. The salad was a big hit, and my husband has already requested that I make this again.

        As a side note, I just wanted to say a big thank you for your recipes. I am NOT a confident cook and it is so incredibly helpful to have detailed instructions and a step-by-step video to refer to. Keep up the awesome work!

        1. Hi Lindsay, I’m so happy you all enjoyed the recipe and that you’ll be making it again. Also, it’s great it hear you found the video and instructions to be helpful. I appreciate your comment and rating; thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today, perfect for a super hot summers day. I never knew pasta salad could be so good!! I originally thought it was too much dressing but it’s honestly perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing, full of freshness bold flavors and just perfect for this hot weather we are experiencing.
    Do you have all these amazing wonderful recipes in a book? I’ll buy one immediately. But, I will still look online and watch you in action.
    I made this for Fathers Day. Big hit! Made it with the marinated chicken thighs, and some steak for dad.
    Making it again Wednesday for a pot luck dinner. Thank you so much! You made me look good! Lol your number one fan! Viva 🇮🇹

    1. Hi Jacqueline, thank you for the comment and so happy you enjoyed this one! We don’t have a cookbook yet but it is on our list of to-dos for 2023! We’ll definitely announce it here and on Youtube when that happens!