Greek Pasta Salad

With the 4th of July just around the corner, have you planned your cookout menu yet? If not, I have you covered with this delicious pasta salad! This crowd pleasing summer pasta salad is a quick and easy choice not only for the 4th of July, but for any summer cookout or get-together.

Whole wheat pasta, fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and pepperoni are tossed with a homemade Greek dressing that is just begging to be served at your next summer party. Definitely make this pasta salad the night before you plan to serve it because the flavors only intensify and get better. :)

Greek Pasta Salad

Whole wheat pasta, fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and pepperoni are tossed with a homemade Greek dressing that is just begging to be served at your next summer party.

Ingredients:

For the Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons basil dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

For the Salad:
1 pound whole grain rotini pasta cooked according to package directions
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup Kalamata olives, cut in half
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese, divided
1 (6-ounce) package of sliced pepperoni, cut in half

Directions:

In a two-cup measuring cup, olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and sugar. Whisk well to combine.
n a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, olives, 1 cup of feta cheese and pepperoni.
Reserve ½ cup of dressing and place in the refrigerator. Toss the pasta salad with the rest of the dressing until evenly coated. Cover, and chill overnight.
Right before serving, freshen the salad with the reserved dressing and remaining ½ cup of feta cheese, tossing to coat.

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16 Responses to “Greek Pasta Salad”

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    Heidi @ homeingreece — June 26, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I think I’m going to make this tonight. I’ll do a few substitutions (like a chopped tomato instead of cherry tomatoes because that’s what I have) but I’m sure it will be yummy!

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    LivinLovinSweet — June 26, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    ohh how yummy!! I’m a sucker for greek salad – – any kinds. This is a must-make in my books :D

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    infinebalance — June 26, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    I love greek salad but I have never had it with pepperoni in it. I suppose in most cases I would just leave it out — but you have me curious, and I like the idea of making a pasta salad a bit more substantial. I may just give this a try and use a veggie pepperoni substitute. Yumm

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    Michael Ann — June 26, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Definitely printing this up!

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    muppy — June 26, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    this looks delicious :) hope you are well – havent visited in a while…

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    annashortcakes — June 26, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    ooooo! I cant wait try this! gorgeous!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — June 26, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Not a lick of mayo. I know someone who will love this. Wait I know lots of people who would love this.

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    Patrice — June 26, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    pepperoni?

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    ChgoJohn — June 27, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    Guess what I’ll be bringing to the 4th of July barbecue? Thanks, Christina!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 27, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    Yum, this is my favorite kind of easy summer meal!

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    realfunfood — June 27, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    I just had an Independence Day celebration and made a Greek salad. I love the idea of using pasta because it’d make it a whole lot more filling!

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    Amy — June 27, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Thank you!!! I have been trying so hard to come up with what to bring to this bbq next week that doesn’t need refrigeration…pasta salad! So perfect :)

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    The Teenage Taste — June 28, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    I love this aaaaand I just bought a new container of feta cheese today so it’s perfect! :-D

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    Betty — June 29, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Yah, my family really likes non-mayo pasta salad. Thanks so much for sharing. Would you care about my posting this on my site and giving credit to you?

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    Abby — July 2, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Oh this is such a great salad!! And I love that it doesn’t have mayo so you don’t have to worry about it sitting out.

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    Teresa — July 21, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen and commented:
    This looks so yummy.

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