Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing to create the best pasta salad you’ll ever eat.

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing to create the best pasta salad you'll ever eat.

You guys, our patio is almost finished and I’m seriously so excited about it. We made the last minute decision to add a seating wall and lighting and we’re so happy we did because it’s all coming together beautifully. I can’t wait to share it with you in an upcoming post.

This whole patio thing has been an intense project for us because I’m pretty much the most indecisive human when it comes to spendy things like patios, furniture, etc. It takes me forever to make up my mind and I always question my decisions every step of the way.

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing to create the best pasta salad you'll ever eat. Perfect for summer barbecues!

We lucked out with an amazing crew, so they’ve just rolled with every change I’ve requested even if it has required them to remove stone that’s already been set into place.

We’ve been trying to keep them hydrated because the humidity has to be at 2,000% here in Ohio, and well-fed because we think full bellies equal happy workers.

I’m already planning to host our first family get-together on the new patio and thinking of fun food themed ideas like a hot dog bar and burger bash! Now I just need to pick out an outdoor dining table for us to sit at!

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing to create the best pasta salad  you'll ever make!

I love this Greek Pasta Salad for so many reasons, but my favorite thing about it is that it feeds a crowd. So whether you’ve got a crew of hungry workers, or a family to feed on a warm summer night, this pasta salad is the perfect side dish for you.

The ingredient list for this recipe may seem a little bit long, but the beauty about pasta salad recipes is that you can totally adapt them to meet your taste or the ingredients that you have on hand. And if you have a garden, you’re golden because it’s full of fresh vegetables.

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing. It's sure to become one of your new favorites!

Pasta salad is one of those great side dishes because you can make it ahead and just leave it until you’re ready for party time. The longer it sits, the better the flavors get. And you can totally serve it for dinner as the main dish – just add in a bit of shredded rotisserie chicken and you’re good to go!

The true star of this salad is the incredible homemade Greek salad dressing that pulls all of the flavors together. It creates what is, in my opinion, the best pasta salad you’ll ever eat.

Definitely make it the night before you are going to serve it because it just gets better when the flavors have time to develop, or even a day before.

Greek Pasta Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, pepperoni and a homemade Greek dressing. You'll be making this all summer long!

Go crazy with the veggies, but for the love of Pete, don’t forget the Feta. Feta cheese makes everything better, and you NEED it in this pasta salad in all its salty glory.

I hope this Greek Pasta Salad recipe is the perfect addition to all of your summer barbecues. It truly is a showboat of a side dish, and your whole crew will love it!

For more delicious summer recipes, be sure to check out this Frozen Samoa Pie and this Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Cake.

Greek Pasta Salad

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Dressing
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Za'atar*
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
For the Salad
  • 1 pound rotini pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half (you can also sub in grape tomatoes)
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1-1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 7-ounce pepperoni stick, sliced

Directions:

  1. In a a large Mason jar or other sealable container, combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, basil, oregano, Za'atar black pepper, and sugar. Shake well to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, green onions, olives, feta cheese and pepperoni.
  3. Separate and reserve ½ cup of dressing in the refrigerator.
  4. Toss the pasta salad with the rest of the dressing until evenly coated. Cover, and chill overnight.
  5. Right before serving, freshen the salad with the reserved dressing, tossing to coat.

Notes:

  • Pasta salad is best made the night before it is served. Reserve about ½ cup of dressing in the refrigerator and freshen the salad before serving.
  • This Greek Pasta Salad recipe is totally customizable. If you aren’t a fan of something on the ingredient list, substitute it with another vegetable. I have added mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and banana peppers to this recipe with great results.
  • I highly recommend finding Za'atar. It’s such a great spice (a blend of sumac, sesame seeds and herbs) to have on hand.

This post originally appeared on My Baking Addiction in July of 2011. Photos and text have been updated.

43 Responses to “Greek Pasta Salad”

  1. Blog is the New Black — July 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Looks beautiful! I am making something similar soon, I may change my recipe a bit to use some inspiration from yours. Looks delish!

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  2. Shawn — July 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I was so happy to see this won that I think I squealed! I love the idea of ricotta cheesecake but not in this heat..so THANK YOU!
    PS
    Being wrong builds character, I should know..I have lots of it!

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    • Jamie — July 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Shawn–
      Ha! I am wrong more times than I care to admit! So I’m thinking, I have a lot of character as well! :)
      –Jamie

  3. Hannah at FleurDeLicious — July 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    YUM. I love Za’atar. I like to brush pita or flatbread with olive oil, sprinkle on some za’atar, and grill it up….such a great blend of flavors. This sounds like such a fantastic, easy, flavorful recipe! I’ll have to include it in my 4th of July menu!

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  4. Katie | GoodLife Eats — July 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    This looks so refreshing for summer!

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  5. Rachel — July 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    So excited to try this recipe!

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  6. Mellie — July 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    This looks awesome! I’ve never tried Za’atar

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  7. Ann — July 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Nicely done – it looks delicious! I wouldn’t think of you as wrong so much as….flexible!

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  8. Tabitha — July 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

    This looks so delightful! Sadly, I’m deathly allergic to sesame. So, what would you recommend I use in place of the Za’atar?

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  9. Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 2, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Yum, this looks like a perfect lunch to me!! Just perfect for summer!

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  10. Sarah @ pão e queijo — July 2, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I’m glad the greek pasta salad won- this looks amazing! I’m drooling over the photo right now!

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  11. Love that vinaigrette! The addition of Za’atar is one I have yet to try.

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  12. Karinvd — July 2, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Great looking salad and I love those forks! I never saw forks like that. Are they antique?

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  13. Maris(In Good Taste) — July 2, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I think the right guy won for this holiday weekend! Beautiful healthy salad! I will look forward to the ricotta cheesecake soon. By the way, love the fork!

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  14. Lillebi — July 2, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Oh yes, I know what you mean. Sometimes I blog a very simple recipe don’t expect anyone to comment and suddenly get the greatest response.

    Anyway, this greek pasta salad looks amazing! I also made a colourful pasta salad a few days ago and I think you can never have enough recipes. :-)

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  15. Vimitha — July 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Gorgeous and colorful salad… Loved the dressing…

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  16. Margaret — July 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    There is nothing better than a cooled pasta salad for any day in the summer. This ones looks delicious.

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  17. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    What a wonderful dinner on a hot summer’s day! Love anything Greek!

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  18. Savorique — July 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    This is a very nice, simple, refreshing salad recipe, so suitable for the season, but we also look forward to the ricotta cheesecake recipe soon! Cheese cakes made of ricotta are amazing, less creamy, thicker and with no “dairy” aftertaste. Can’t wait for both the recipe and the beautiful pics.

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  19. Marya — July 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    THANKS for thinking of us CHEESECAKE LOVERS and posting that recipe tomorrow!

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  20. sweetsugarbelle — July 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    On my list along with the mini bundts. Beautiful. Stumbled!

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  21. Mmmmmmm. That is all.

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  22. Maureen — July 4, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Now this is my kind of salad. I could eat this non-stop and your photos are fantastic! They make me hungry right this minute.

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  23. Tracy — July 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    What a lovely variation on traditional pasta salad!

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  24. Lenore — July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I love pasta salad of any kind, and this looks so yummy. It looks like it’d be great for a picnic.

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  25. Megan — July 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    You have inspired me to make pasta salad this week! Love the look of this!

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  26. Julie — August 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Please give us a substitute for the Za’tar seasoning !! I forgot to post this before now……and am making the Greek Pasta Salad right now !!!!
    I want to order some Za’tar, just haven’t done it.
    Thanks !!

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    • Jamie — August 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Julie-
      Za’atar is generally prepared using ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, or some combination thereof, mixed with toasted sesame seeds, and salt. You can use Oregano, Basil and a little Thyme or Italian Seasoning. Just gradually add it to taste.
      -Jamie

  27. Charlotte Ferreux — October 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I love this recipe and blog…I posted it on my community foodie blog. Hope you can come check it out http://www.facebook.com/thefrenchiefoodie

    Also, feel free to post you’re recipes or you’re favourite foodie tips on it whenever you like!

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  28. Jill — October 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I am so excited for this recipe! I have been trying to search for this recipe for so long. I made it for a home ec. project in high school and loved it but didn’t keep the recipe so I am so excited!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  29. Tumtum — October 22, 2011 at 1:09 am

    This looks and sounds so delicious. I just had a very delicious bowl of pasta salad yesterday at bonni ruths and wanted to try making one my own. I cannot wait to try your recipe. Thank you!

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  30. Rickie — May 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I cannot tolerate feta. What might you suggest as a substitute?

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  31. Jenn — May 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Looking forward to trying this, he homemade greek dressing got me! Don’t have Za’atar, but will substitute as you stated above with a little added lemon zest too.

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  32. Lynn J — May 27, 2012 at 1:19 am

    This looks so good! I would still love the cheesecake recipe too. I will be trying the salad this weekend. Thanks!

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  33. ERC — June 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Great Recipe.
    One of my favorites.
    Another item that I add in mine that adds a unique texture and flavor and I think marries well is some chopped walnuts. It sounds like an odd pairing, but trust me it works.

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  34. Kristie — June 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    What cheese can you use to replace the feta cheese? Not a big feta or blue cheese fan.

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    • Jamie — June 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Kristie-
      I think you could add in little cubes of cheddar, mozzarella or pepperjack! Any of those would be just delicious. Thanks for stopping by.
      -Jamie

  35. Disha — July 20, 2017 at 5:41 am

    What an amazing salad. This is perfect for dinner.

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    • Jamie — July 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Disha! I hope you enjoy it!

  36. Dalya Rubin — July 22, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I am obsessed with any recipe that has Kalamata Olives! This pasta salad is right up my alley! It looks amazing! 

    Reply

    • Jamie — July 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Dalya!

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