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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Kalamata and Feta.

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Mediterranean pasta salad recipe with kalamata olives has a Delicious Homemade Greek salad dressing. This pasta salad makes a healthy sustaining lunch and a yummy dinner side.

Mediterranean pasta salad

More Delicious Salad Ideas:

We have a whole section in Homemade Food Junkie devoted to salads and sides. Check it out. Here are a few of our favorite Mediterranean pasta salads:

mediterranean salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe:

This is such an easy pasta salad recipe. Cook the pasta, chop a few veggies and whisk up that excellent salad dressing. Toss it. Ready to serve.

And the ingredients in this salad are good for you. It’s low in saturated fat

Salad and dressing ingredients:

I think you’ll enjoy the Mediterranean flavor combination. The Kalamata olive and Feta cheese flavors definitely spin this toward the Greek Isles.

greek pasta salad ingredients

For a more Italian vibe. Choose flavorful excellent quality olive oil and the garlic to go in the direction of a good Italian dressing. And throw in some sun dried tomatoes, maybe a bit of red onion.

It’s a salad. Begin with our recipe and make is your own. Feel free. 🙂

Salad Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. pasta- (We used bow tie)
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (or use cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (to taste)
  • 4 Cups arugula
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley
close up of kalamata and feta salad

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/8 Cup Chopped fresh Italian Parsley (to taste)
  • salt and pepper
pouring Greek Dressing over Mediterranean salad

Note on cooking Pasta:

This salad is best if the pasta is correctly cooked to al dente. This means the pasta is firmly tender. Not mushy but cooked completely through. This takes about ten minutes in boiling water for most types of pasta.

Notice in the picture below the pasta edges are firm and crisp. Make SURE your pasta does not continue to cook after you remove it from heat.

Keep an eye on your boiling pasta as you prep the rest of this salad. Overcooked mushy pasta is NOT preferred.

So you need to immediately drain it and run it under cold water. Then stir the pasta gently to make sure all of it is cold before adding it to your salad.

This is a cold salad. The arugula will wilt if the pasta is too warm. The veggies and dressing are best served cold as well.

cooling cooked pasta with cold water

Gluten Free Option:

It you wish to make this recipe gluten free try these gluten free bow tie noodles or your personal favorite gluten free brand.

Serving Suggestion:

This salad makes a lot so you’ll need a large bowl

Mediterranean pasta salad

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Mediterranean pasta salad
Yield: 10 servings

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Kalamata olives

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Mediterranean pasta salad recipe with kalamata olives and a Delicious Homemade Greek salad dressing makes a healthy sustaining lunch or dinner side.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. pasta- (We used bow tie)
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (to taste)
  • 4 Cups arugula
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 Cup Chopped fresh Italian Parsley (to taste)

Instructions

Pasta :

  1. Set a large pot of water to boil on high heat.
  2. Once the water boils add the pasta and cook until al dente. (about 10 minutes.)pouring pasta into boiling water

Salad Ingredients Assembly:

  1. Score the cucumber with a fork along its length (see video)scoring a cucumber
  2. Slice the cucumber and quarter the sliced pieces.
  3. add cucumber pieces to a large salad bowl.
  4. Chop up the Roma tomatoes and add to salad bowl.assembling Mediterranean pasta salad
  5. Slice the kalamata olives and add to salad bowl. kalamata olives-chopped
  6. Squeeze lemons to make juice. Set aside.squeezing a lemon
  7. Add Arugula on top of vegetables and olives.adding arugula-mediterranean salad
  8. CHECK the pasta. if done remove from heat and refer to instruction on pasta prep below. Then return to process as listed. If not done. Continue with recipe.

Dressing:

  1. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the fresh lemon juice, oil and dijon.
  2. Add the dried oregano and salt and pepper and whisk.whisking Greek salad dressing

Avocado and Feta layer:

  1. Cube the avocado and put the cubes into a small bowl.scooping chopped avocado out of skin into bowl
  2. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of the salad dressing over the avocado cubes and mix it gently until the avocado is all coated. Set aside.drizzling greek salad over chopped avocado

Prepping the Cooked pasta:

  1. Once the pasta is cooked strain it into a colander and run cold water over the pasta.rinsing pasta
  2. Mix the pasta with hands under running cold water to get ALL of it is cold.

Immediately pour the drained cold pasta over the arugula layer of the salad.adding pasta to Mediterranean salad


Finishing:

  1. Pour the remaining dressing over the pasta layer. pouring Greek Dressing over Mediterranean salad
  2. Add the dressed cubed avocado pieces and Feta cheese and parsley over all.adding Feta and dressed chopped avocado
  3. Toss and it's ready to serve.Mediterranean pasta salad

Notes

Ingredient Notes:

Feel free to change the vegetable ingredient proportions to suit your personal taste. Add in sun dried tomatoes for a bit of a sweet bite of flavor if you want it.

We love the dressing proportioned like it is and highly recommend you leave it alone with these exceptions.

  • If you have a favorite olive oil of good quality it can replace the avocado oil.
  • The garlic is an optional dressing ingredient. It will add more Mediterranean flavor into the dressing but some people prefer it left out.


This salad will hold well in the fridge for several days if covered. The avocadoes will brown a bit but that is normal and does not impact the flavor or freshness of the salad.

Note on cooking Pasta:

This salad is best if the pasta is correctly cooked to al dente. This means the pasta is firmly tender. Not mushy but cooked completely through. This takes about ten minutes in boiling water for most types of pasta.

TIPS:

  1. Keep an eye on your boiling pasta as you prep the rest of this salad. Overcooked mushy pasta is NOT preferred.
  2. Make SURE your pasta does not continue to cook after you remove it from heat.
  3. Immediately drain the hot pasta and run it under cold water. Then stir the pasta gently to make sure all of it is cold before adding it to your salad.
  4. This is a cold salad. The arugula will wilt if the pasta is too warm. The veggies and dressing are best served cold as well.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

2 Cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 237Total Fat 9.8gSaturated Fat 2.7gCholesterol 40mgSodium 372mgCarbohydrates 31.2gFiber 3.1gSugar 1.9gProtein 7.7g

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Mediterranean pasta salad recipe with kalamata olives has a Delicious Homemade Greek salad dressing. This pasta salad makes a healthy sustaining lunch and a yummy dinner side.
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Mediterranean pasta salad recipe with kalamata olives has a Delicious Homemade Greek salad dressing. This pasta salad makes a healthy sustaining lunch and a yummy dinner side.
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Mediterranean pasta salad recipe with kalamata olives has a Delicious Homemade Greek salad dressing. This pasta salad makes a healthy sustaining lunch and a yummy dinner side.

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Josie

Friday 5th of February 2021

Tasty, fresh salad! It was amazing! I did it for my husband's party last weekend and guests were totally obsessed with it. I used my veggies which I have grown last year and it was even better with them. I have a small greenhouse on my balcony in which I grow eg lettuce. I used butterhead lettuce (this one: https://gardenseedsmarket.com/butterhead-lettuce-edyta-ozarowska-large-bright-green-heads-coated-seeds.html )for this salad and also other kinds that I have. I like when salad is crispy and this one was like this. Thanks!

Diane

Friday 5th of February 2021

Hi Josie, We are delighted the recipe worked well for you. Thanks so much for the great review and sharing your greenhouse growing experience. We too love our greenhouse greens. Have a great day!

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