This Greek Pasta Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, castelvetrano olives, red onions, and feta is exactly what we all need as we keep inching our way towards summer!
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Listen, I have absolutely NOTHING against mayo, but pasta salads (in my world) are meant to sit out and should be easily prepped ahead. For me, that means it’s not mayo based. Instead, I tend to do a vinaigrette based recipe so it doesn’t get goopy or anything like that.
For the Greek Pasta Salad recipe below, all there really is to it is an easy Greek vinaigrette and from there, you just need pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, castelvetrano olives, red onions and feta for good measure. It’s colorful and refreshing and comes together in a pinch. And best of all I can keep this Greek Pasta Salad stocked in my fridge at all times so I have lunch and dinner handled without any real effort!
For the Pasta Salad
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Persian Cucumbers
- Red Bell Pepper
- Yellow Bell Pepper
- Castelvetrano Olives
- Red Onion
- Feta Cheese
- Salt & Pepper
- Casarecce Pasta - or any other short pasta shape
For the Greek Vinaigrette
- Garlic Cloves
- Olive Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Dried Oregano
- Salt & Pepper
How to Make Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek Pasta Salad only take 20 minutes to whip up. The Greek Vin was inspired by a leftover vinaigrette I made on Greek Easter a few years back! Add all the vinaigrette ingredients to a bowl, whisk, and set aside. The pasta salad components include cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, castelvetrano olives, red onions and really good feta!! Once you mix the veggies, you’re just going to need some pasta to add in! Mix it all together and call it a day.
Variations and Substitutions
Bell Peppers - If you'd like to substitute the fresh bell peppers you can swap them for jarred roasted bell peppers or even add some sun dried tomatoes.
Castelvetrano Olives - If you can't find castelvetrano olives feel free to substitute them for any kind of green olives or kalamata olives.
Feta Cheese - For more of an Italian spin you could substitute mozzarella pearls or ciliegine balls of mozzarella.
Casarecce Pasta - Any other kind of pasta would be great!
Tips & Tricks
You can serve this Greek Pasta Salad at room temp, warm, cold, you name it!
It's great as the main course and also wonderful as a side dish! Serve Greek Pasta Salad with some chicken, steak or fish for the main.
To make this Pasta Salad recipe ahead dress the pasta and chop the veggies ahead of time and when you're ready to serve add the feta and combine.
What is Greek pasta salad made of?
The pasta salad components include cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, castelvetrano olives, red onions, really good feta, and a Greek vinaigrette.
More Pasta Salad Recipes
- Artichoke Pasta Salad (watch how to make it here)
- Tomato Confit Pasta Salad
- Pesto Pasta Salad
- Basil Vinaigrette Pasta
Tools Used to Make This
What you’ll need:
Castelvetrano Greek Pasta Salad
For the Greek Vinaigrette
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
For the Pasta Salad
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup halved and sliced Persian cucumbers
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup Castelvetrano olives, halved
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces feta, drained and crumbled
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 10 ounces Pasta any sort variety will do
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper and set it aside
- In a large bowl. combine all of the pasta salad ingredients together and gently toss to combine. Pour the Greek vinaigrette over the vegetables, and again, gently toss to coat them. Crumble the feta over the salad and then very gently toss the cheese into the vegetables.
- Taste and adjust for more freshly ground black pepper if desired. Serve immediately at room temperature, or chill before serving.
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking
Delicious! I will definitely make again.
Loving all of the summer recipes! I was wondering if I could use Strozzapreti instead of Casarecce pasta? Cannot wait to eat this!!
any kind of pasta would be great!
Hi! If you were making this for a party that's tomorrow, which steps would you do today and which steps tomorrow morning? Could I dress the pasta and chop the veggies today and then just combine and add feta tomorrow? Thanks so much!
yes - thats exactly what I'd do
Love the simplicity and wonderful flavor of this recipe.
eating this as i type the review, YUMMMM!!
Omg! This recipe is so good. I added a bunch of extra olives cause I'm a bit of an olive junkie. But otherwise I followed your recipe to a T. But, I've made a rule that I can't make this again unless we're having a group get together because I no self control with it!
Excellent! Just made this. Fresh & summery. Very into it.
I didn’t have dried oregano (thought i did) so subbed fresh thyme and basil from my garden- so yummy! this is a light pasta salad since the dressing is very light and NOT oily at all. I also couldn’t find Delallo so just used different brands...however, i have ordered from their website which is super easy but just requires advance planning. 🙂
Loved this!! So simple and flavorful! I prepped mine the night before, so it did end up a little dry, but it was still incredible. Will definitely be making again and again!
I've made this for 3 weekend trips to the cabin while trying to socially distance. Perfect little salad to compliment any grilling menu! YUM!!!!
so happy to hear it! xx
I love this recipe so much I made another batch once I finished the first! I couldn't find the Delallo olives and pasta, so I substituted for a different brand and it was still delicious. I love how this pasta salad isn't heavy, it's light and refreshing. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Just discovered your site, and really excited to start trying some recipes!!
In the intro to this recipe you mention giveaways (assuming related to your new cookbook!) Where can I find information about the giveaways?
they will be on instagram
This sounds lovely and zippy and fresh!
Looks delicious, but where can you get the Dellalo product (pasta and olives) without robbing a bank? So expensive on Amazon. And don't see market carries them near me in Thousand Oaks/WLV. Anything similar at Trader Joe's?? That's my go-to store for gourmet and cooking. Be well!
I ordered from their website!
Sprouts in Southern California carries many Delallo products.
I just googled, looks like a store called Tree of Life in Simi Valley carries products. Give them a call. I am in Camarillo right above you!