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Cold Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Feta

This is an easy and delicious Mediterranean pasta salad with feta recipe to make as a side dish for a barbecue or a healthy lunch option with clean Greek flavors.

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Looking for a healthy Mediterranean cold pasta salad recipe, well I have two to choose from! You just can’t meat the great flavors associated with Mediterranean food, and pair that with pasta and it makes for a great side dish, or even lunch! Here are two ways to make this great pasta salad. (post may contain affiliate links, originally published 12/18)

Cold Pasta Salad Mediterranean

If you’re looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet (aren’t we all) and keep your weight line trim these two recipes are great for that. Keep them cold as we did here or make roasted vegetable pasta salad still a bit warm with a bit of a char on the veggies.

You can even substitute lettuce for the bow tie pasta if you are trying to cut down on carbs. It’s very versatile, but the classic Mediterranean flavors are definitely there. This is what you need for this first pasta salad you see above, mixed in a large bowl.

  • I box farfalle pasta bow tie style, I like ours a bit al dente
  • Cucumber diced
  • Avocado sliced in cubes
  • Container of small grape tomatoes, or sun dried
  • Sliced black olives sliced
  • Feta cheese
  • 1/4 medium red onion diced
  • Olive oil vinaigrette is used for the pasta salad dressing
    • could use half red wine vinegar is desired
    • Italian dressing works as well

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Strawberries and diced sun dried tomatoes are other optional ingredients. Feel free to mix homemade dressing ingredients together yourself if you have one that you love for this.


mediterranean pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes

Mediterranean Salad

The fresh ingredients are the cherry tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Of course if you can find fresh olives more power to you but you may need to grab a jar of them at the store.

Black are fine but if you can find a jar of Kalamata olives they’re even better! We add those to our Mediterranean roasted vegetables and it takes it over the top.

Incorporating veggies and fruits into your meals is always great in my opinion. Add a handful of diced fresh strawberries if you choose which makes for a bit of sweetness to this Mediterranean pasta salad, but either way it is really tasty!

  • Cook the pasta according to instructions on package, I like it a bit al dente, drain and place into a large serving bowl. 
  • Add all other salad ingredients after cutting into bite size pieces,  mix well. 
  • Serve immediately, or place in fridge covered with plastic wrap until ready to eat
  • Great side dish for a BBQ or a few lunches topped with fresh parsley to make it pretty
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Can I add protein to Mediterranean Pasta Salad?

Absolutely! If you prefer a heartier salad, you can add protein to your Mediterranean Pasta Salad. Grilled chicken, shrimp, or diced salami are popular options. You can also incorporate chickpeas, cannellini beans, or grilled tofu for a vegetarian or vegan version.

What are some common vegetables and ingredients used in Mediterranean Pasta Salad?

Often this includes ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onions, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and fresh herbs like basil or parsley. You can customize the salad by adding or omitting ingredients based on your preferences.

Easy Side Dishes for a Potluck

If you’ve never added fruit to a salad it really brings a bright and sweetness that is a great balance and you may be surprised at just how much you enjoy it. As a tasty lunch or a side dish for a potluck or barbecue with friends served in a pretty bowl that keeps it cool like this one, it is always a hit!

  1. Simple potato salad is great but load it up and make our bacon pasta salad too.
  2. Easy ambrosia recipe is a sweet treat for dessert or just on the side.
  3. Savory monkey bread can be great too
  4. Or make smoked bread if you are cooking outside and want something else
bacon pasta salad

Cold Pasta Side Dish

Looking for more easy side dishes? You can use this same dressing on spiraled vegetables too like our raw carrot salad, shredded cucumbers and more. If you do have leftovers it will save well for 1-2 days. You will want some extra dressing to toss inside when you enjoy it again as it will dry out a bit in the cold fridge while being stored.

Is Mediterranean Pasta Salad served hot or cold?

This is typically served cold or at room temperature, making it a perfect dish for picnics, potlucks, or as a refreshing cold Mediterranean side dish on hot summer days. However, you can also enjoy it slightly warmed if desired.

Can I use any type of pasta for Mediterranean Pasta Salad?

Yes, you can use various types of pasta for this cold pasta salad. Popular choices include penne, rotini, fusilli, or farfalle (bowtie) pasta. Whole wheat or gluten free pasta can be used as well to accommodate dietary preferences, cooking times will vary.

Can I make Mediterranean Pasta Salad in advance?

This is a great make ahead side dish. In fact, it often tastes even better after the flavors have had a chance to meld together. You can prepare it a few hours or even a day in advance, keeping it refrigerated and covered until ready to serve.
Just add a bit more dressing and give it a quick toss before serving and adjust the seasoning if needed.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Feta

Easy cold Mediterranean pasta salad with feta recipe to make as a side dish for a barbecue or a healthy lunch option with clean Greek flavors.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword mediterranean, pasta, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 245kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta bow tie or farfalle
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 avocado sliced in cubes
  • 1 container tomatoes grape
  • 2/3 cup olives sliced black
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 medium red onion diced
  • 1 cup olive oil vinaigrette
  • 6 diced strawberries optional

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to instructions on package, I like it a bit al dente, drain and place into a large serving bowl to cool. 
  • Add all other ingredients after cutting into bite size pieces, toss together with dressing.
  • Serve immediately, or place in fridge covered with plastic wrap until ready to eat, great side dish for a BBQ or a few lunches!
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Feta
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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