Greek Pasta Salad


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Now, let’s talk a little bit about Greek salad. I just want to share with you how we in Greece eat our Greek salad and then you can tell me how you eat your Greek salad where you live.

Greek salad consists of the following ingredients:

Tomato, cucumber, onion, green bell pepper, olives and optionally feta cheese. As a dressing we use only extra virgin olive oil, salt and dried oregano. In some occasions because of lack of one or two ingredients we simply omit them.

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While living in the States and travelling to Europe I tried different versions and tweaks of this salad which were very tasty and rich in flavor, but somehow I always return to the original one, I’ve learned to eat since I was a kid.

Today, and because our challenge for World on a Plate is to make a pasta salad that is traditional to our countries, I have decided to offer you yet another tweak on the traditional Greek salad only this will be with pasta.

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This dish is delicious full of summer flavors and additionally is a full meal on its own. It is sort of 2 in 1, meaning a main course and salad at the same time. I and my husband really enjoyed it. My picky son wants dishes to be clear cut, that is salad one dish, main course another dish, sweet yet another dish. So, as you can understand, he just gave me the looks and passed this one.

It is really tasty, very easy to make, light and full of Greek flavors!

World on a Plate is a monthly event with a different theme every month! Each one of us makes something traditional in his/her country based on this theme. If you want to participate and your country is not already listed, go to Pola’s blog!

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Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients

300 gr./10 oz.  pasta

1 tomato, cut in pieces

1 green bell pepper, cut in squares

1 red florina pepper (red bell pepper will do just fine), cut in squares

3 pickled cucumbers, cut in slices

1 cucumber, cut in slices

10 kalamata olives, pitted

½ big onion or a small one chopped

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For the dressing

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp cider vinegar

40 gr./1.5 oz. feta cheese

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper to your liking

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Instructions

Boil pasta according to your liking, adding to the pot 1 tbsp olive oil while it is boiling.

While pasta is boiling, make the dressing by putting all the ingredients in a blender and mix very well.

Pour the dressing in a non-reactive vase and store in the fridge.

You can make the dressing couple of hours ahead of time and leave it in the fridge. This way the flavors will be enhanced.

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As soon as they are ready, drain them and rinse very well until they are cooled down.

Put the pasta and the vegetables in a bowl and mix.

Add the dressing and mix until all pasta and veggies are covered with it!

Serve and enjoy!

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4.9 from 8 reviews

Greek Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 2

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 gr./10 oz. pasta
  • 1 tomato, cut in pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in squares
  • 1 red florina pepper (red bell pepper will do just fine), cut in squares
  • 3 pickled cucumbers, cut in slices
  • 1 cucumber, cut in slices
  • 10 kalamata olives, pitted
  • ½ big onion or a small one chopped
For the dressing
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 40 gr./1.5 oz. feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to your liking

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Boil pasta according to your liking, adding to the pot 1 tbsp olive oil while it is boiling.
  2. While pasta is boiling, make the dressing by putting all the ingredients in a blender and mix very well.
  3. Pour the dressing in a non-reactive vase and store in the fridge.
  4. You can make the dressing couple of hours ahead of time and leave it in the fridge. This way the flavors will be enhanced.
  5. As soon as they are ready, drain them and rinse very well until they are cooled down.
  6. Put the pasta and the vegetables in a bowl and mix.
  7. Add the dressing and mix until all pasta and veggies are covered with it!
  8. Serve and enjoy!

47 Responses to Greek Pasta Salad

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  1. Kecia says:

    What a really delicious looking salad! The olives get me every time! Perfect for a summer picnic!

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  3. Light and lovely. Perfect pasta dish this time of year!

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  5. Sutapa says:

    Beautiful salad with all refreshing colors…simple and healthy! Love it!

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  7. Rania says:

    PERFECT! just what I was looking for! I will be making this on Sunday for my baby boys 1st birthday party!!
    Yiasou! apo Nea Iorki! filakia stin Elladitsa mas apo makria!

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  9. Susan says:

    This sounds like the perfect summer salad when fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are in season. I love these flavors – bright and refreshing!

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  11. I am sure you must be bemused with the different versions of Greek salad you have encountered in your travels…:-) Thanks for sharing the Greek version…the photos are really great :-)

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  13. What a lovely pasta salad! Great for summer parties and my kids really enjoy pasta salad like this one. I never put bell pepper in there. I will need to give this a try. Looks very delicious!

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  15. Miriam says:

    That looks amazing!! I pretty much do my “Greek Pasta Salad,” like you do though I stir in a splash of Balsamic Vinegar because I love that flavor combined with the feta and oregano.
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  17. Joanne says:

    I LOVE greek flavors in pasta salad like this! Definitely one of my favorite summer salads.

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  19. Marion says:

    Κατερίνα μου πολύ δροσερή η μακαρονάδα σου.
    Χωρίς πολλές σάλτσες ελαφριά και καλοκαιρινή.

    Φιλιά

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  21. Melange says:

    That’s awesome..The salad looks perfect with whatever the ingredients that have gone into it..I particularly loved those cute olives !

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  23. Liz says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous salad! I love it just the way you made it, Katerina…simple and perfect for a hot summer’s meal!

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  25. Ensalada y pastas es una delicia ,lindo color llama a las papilas gustativas,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  27. This is so simple, bright & beautiful :-)

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  29. I’m definitely trying this salad, Katerina. It looks so good.

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  31. I love all the flavors of a Greek salad and it is rare to get a true and delicious one. Pasta is the cherry on the sundae here. I have to check out this monthly event!

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  33. This looks like the perfect pasta salad!! I love all the flavors.

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  35. This just looks so vibrant and fresh! I can see you have used the very best ingredients you can find. Well done!

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  37. Cucina49 says:

    I’ve been loving the “world on a plate” entries I’m seeing this month. Your pasta looks just delicious–simple, colorful and flavorful. It doesn’t need any more ingredients than this to be delicious.

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  39. Raina says:

    I love pasta salad, especially in the summer. Yours looks wonderful. The Greek salads in my area at restaurants are usually made with red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and loads of feta. What I really like about them is the dressing, though. It is different from Italian dressing but I can never find anything like it at the stores and have tried to recreate it at home with no luck. Your dressing sounds great, can’t wait to try it:)

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  41. Nadji says:

    Une salade de pâtes à la grecque comme j’aime beaucoup.
    De très belles photos. Bravo!!

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  43. Love the colors in this recipe, and the olive/tomato combo alone would be splendid, but it sounds even better as a pasta salad.

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  45. Jay says:

    I will be trying this one…looks delicious..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  47. Kathy says:

    Katerina, Your salad looks fabulous! The combination of feta, olives and pasta sounds so good!

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  49. Kate says:

    I make my Greek salads like yours, but feta is not optional!

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  51. Delicious looking salad!

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  53. LinsFood says:

    Perfect for the summer, great colours!

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  55. Tante Kiki says:

    Yπέροχα καλοκαιρινή και νόστιμη η σαλάτα σου Κατερίνα μου! Καλή σου εβδομάδα!

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  58. Absolutely beautiful and so delicious!

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  60. Juliana says:

    Katerina, this pasta salad looks delicious, I love Kalamata olives, and the dressing with feta cheese just sound so tasty. This will be perfect for our 4th of July BBQ :)
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  62. kiki says:

    Λατρεύω τα ζυμαρικά και τις σαλάτες. Αν πηγαίνουν και μαζί, ακόμα καλύτερα!

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  64. Δροσερή και καλοκαιρινή η σαλάτα σου Κατερίνα μου! Ότι καλύτερο για ένα νοστιμότατο και ελαφρύ γεύμα!!
    Φιλιά!

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  66. Beth says:

    The colours of your salad are so beautiful!!

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  68. I like Greek salad however it is prepared and I know that the salad you created was delicious. I love the flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano.

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  70. PolaM says:

    Looks fresh and delicious! Perfect for summer!

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  72. Claire says:

    So great looking. In Greek restaurants here it’s usually the same ingredients but for some reason always with lettuce. I think your way looks more flavorful. I love the salad dressing and now I can try it at home!

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  74. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Καλημέρα και καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου!Υπέροχη, όλα τα υλικά τα λατρεύω!!!Πρέπει να είναι πεντανόστιμο πιάτο!!!
    Φιλιά πολλά!!!

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  76. CCU says:

    I love that your salad looks so refreshing and soft, not creamy and heaven like many others :D
    A brilliant recipe!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  78. Jeannie says:

    This salad looks so colorful and refreshing! Come to think of it, I have never made a pasta salad before, I should give this a try! Thanks for sharing your wonderful Greek salad, Katerina:D

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  80. julie says:

    Very colorful n yummy salad!!

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  82. recipeland says:

    This pasta salad looks so refreshing, and I bet it tastes delicious. I think I actually have all the ingredients on hand, will have to make this yummy salad soon :)

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  84. Simple bright and refreshing Greek salad…looks very yum…

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  86. Ξανθή says:

    Κατερίνα υπέροχη Ελληνική σαλάτα ότι πρέπει για καλοκάιρι!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα!!

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  88. Ola says:

    I also prefer the simplest version of Greek salad, in Poland people even add not only lettuce but I saw versions with mayonese-terrible:)

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  90. Faith says:

    What a great salad! It looks very light and refreshing for summer, but full of bold flavors — perfect!

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