Greek Pasta Salad

 
I might be addicted to anything carbolicious, but that’s a simple comfort food for me. I really don’t know what I’d do if I have to give up on carbs… It might as well be the end of the world. Just kiddin’ (but not really) I love throwing veggies together with pasta for a simple lunch or a dinner. I make it often, even for school lunch boxes, as well as when we travel. I talk to my kids the night before to see what they’d like to add and most of the time we build a salad together. One thing that they love is adding grilled chicken or even smoked cubed ham as well as Canadian bacon.
Doesn’t that sound amazingly delicious? Mmmm…. yes, pasta salads are so versatile.
Today, we are keeping it meatless and it is still pretty balanced despite the pasta. Like I said, we can build pasta salad however we like and what, and it will always be delicious. Also, I plan in advance our pasta salads, for example, if we going to grill I would make pasta salad with tons of veggies, or if I am packing pasta salad for lunch most likely I would add grilled chicken.
Anyhow, everything that I added to this delicious pasta works amazingly perfect together. This is me trying to make a fusion, Greek salad. I think it is pretty beautiful and colorful pasta so go and make it for your family and friends, for your birthday celebration or any other gatherings.

If you are sensitive to gluten, by all mean use gluten free pasta or whole wheat. Pasta such as rigatoni, bow tie, macaroni, fusilli, etc. would work perfectly too. The key is in the dressing and it is such a simple dressing that I use in most of my salads.

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Happy Cooking!

 

Greek Pasta Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Salad, greek, meatless
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Pasta
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pitted Black Olives sliced
  • 1/2 English Cucumber
  • 1-2 Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion sliced
  • 4-5 Radish optional
  • Handful Chopped Parsley
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese

Pasta Salad Dressing/Vinaigrette:

  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon (ripe) about 1 tbsp, or to taste.
  • 1 tsp. Lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Oregano
  • Pinch of Cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. Crushed Red Peppers optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients for the dressing. Mix and set aside. The best way to make dressing is in the glass jar with a fitted lid. 

  2. Boil pasta according to the package. Do not overcook. You'd want a little bite to it. Once cooked, wash under cold water and set aside; We are doing this only when we are making pasta for salads otherwise you would not wash pasta under cold water.
  3. Add a bit of dressing into pasta directly and toss to coat.
  4. Combine all ingredients together and lightly toss with the rest of the dressing.
  5. Add Feta cheese and serve. You may use a block of Feta Cheese (cube it first) or toss Feta crumbles. 

Recipe Notes

You can add chicken/grilled or pan-fried. Smoked ham, even crispy bacon goes well with this salad.



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