Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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Cool off tonight with a delicious make-ahead easy Greek pasta salad with feta, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. It’s hearty without feeling heavy.

Bowl of Greek Pasta Salad

I love a good pasta salad. It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it’s very make-ahead. It’s also a great excuse for me to getaway without adding meat to the meal.

While I know that some people consider pasta and carbs not the best, I find that in moderation, they’re a tasty good cheap eat.

For over 20 years now I’ve been making some version of this Pasta Salad with feta, tomatoes, and Kalamata olives. The sweet Tarragon-Balsamic Dressing offsets the saltiness of the feta and olives, making for a delicious, tangy combination.

What Goes With Pasta Salad?

You can serve this easy, make-ahead pasta salad as a meatless main dish, a hearty side accompaniment to a grilled protein like Mediterranean Grilled Steak , or Grilled Dijon Basil Chicken. 

You can also combine it with other salads like this Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad for a fun salad buffet dinner. This would be a great way to get your kids to eat more veggies!

Bowl of greek pasta salad

How Long Does Pasta Salad Stay Good For?

This pasta salad will stay good for 5-7 days making it a great make ahead dish. 

Just cover it well with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

How Long Can Pasta Salad Sit Out At Room Temperature?

It is recommended that any food with perishable ingredients sit out for no longer than 2 hours. If it has, you need to toss it.

How I make this cheap:

Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, and Kalamata Olives is pretty economical by virtue of its being a meatless pasta dish. Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe even more affordable:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale! When I see a great price on pasta, I buy a lot of it. We almost always have a stockpile of noodles in the pantry. The same goes for Kalamata olives and feta, the pricier ingredients in this dish.
  • Take advantage of tomatoes in season. You’ll enjoy better flavor and cheaper prices making this dish in the summer and fall. Be sure to ask the neighbors if they’ve got too many tomatoes on their hands. Maybe they’ll share. You can also plant your own tomatoes.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment to cook pasta! However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

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Greek Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, & Kalamata Olives
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Cool off tonight with a delicious make-ahead Greek Pasta Salad with feta, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. It's hearty without feeling heavy.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: greek, pasta salad
Servings: 8 -12 servings
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 pound small pasta
  • 1 batch Tarragon-Balsamic Dressing
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Rinse with cool water and drain.
  2. In a large salad bowl, prepare the dressing. Add the pasta, tomatoes, feta, and kalamata olives. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Greek Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, & Kalamata Olives
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 188mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. This looks fantastic! Is bowtie your preferred pasta or do you have other favorites to use with this recipe?

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