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Greek pasta salad is packed with traditional Greek flavors and covered in a tasty dressing! It’s perfectly light and refreshing.

Refreshing salads are a must in the summertime. The flavors in this Greek pasta salad are so unique, similar to the Asian flavors in Asian Noodle Salad, or the Mexican flavors in Taco Pasta Salad!

Greek Pasta salad close up image with serving spoon in bowl

Make it Greek!

I have always enjoyed pasta salad and salad recipes but find myself craving them more in the spring and summer months. We have the go-to salads we’ve made for years but I wanted to try a Greek pasta salad version.

Many of the ingredients that you can typically find in Greek food include:

  • olives
  • herbs
  • feta (my favorite!!)
  • tomatoes

I wanted to make sure all of these and more were in the recipe to give it all the Greek flavor I love so much! We added some cilantro, cucumbers, our favorite tri-color rotini, and a delicious Greek dressing.

The result was amazing and had so much flavor that we knew others would love it too.

Draining rotini pasta in a yellow colandar.

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad

This Greek pasta salad recipe is quick, easy, and so tasty! It’s a perfect side dish.

PASTA. Cook rotini according to the package directions. Let cool.

TOSS + CHILL. Add pasta and remaining ingredients to a bowl and toss. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. ENJOY!

Storing Pasta Salad

Make ahead of time. One of the reasons I love this pasta salad with feta is you can make it ahead of time and store it covered in the fridge. I’d also recommend saving a portion of the dressing to add just before serving.

STORE. If you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers sliced on cutting board.

Dressing is key

Using the perfect dressing is key for the best Greek pasta salad.

Storebought. You can find loads of different options at the store, but my current favorite is this Light Greek Vinaigrette from Cardini’s. It’s not too heavy and has all the delicious flavor that comes in a Greek dressing.

Homemade. Make your own Greek salad dressing using a base of red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil then season it with garlic, pepper, onion, mustard, salt, dried oregano, and basil.

Whether you prefer a creamier Greek dressing or a vinaigrette, it should enhance all of the flavors already found in this pasta dish, and we hope you like it as much as we did.

Ingredients for Greek pasta salad in white bowl.

Recipe Tips

Use this pro tip for a perfect salad, or mix things up to make this easy Greek pasta salad your own!

Pro-tip. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse. In a large bowl, toss the plain pasta with half of the dressing so that it can fill in all the nooks and crannies. The warm pasta will absorb the dressing flavors as it cools.

Once you have allowed the pasta to cool, add the veggies and other mix-ins before tossing it with the remaining dressing. 

Additions and substitutions.

This recipe is my favorite version of Greek Pasta Salad, but you can easily add, subtract or substitute some of your favorite ingredients.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Protein. Add grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a heartier main dish.
  • Veggies. Add red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, chickpeas, kalamata olives, or pepperoncini.
  • Lemon. Spritz on some lemon juice to brighten the flavor.
  • Cheese. Substitutes include Graviera, Mizithra, Anthotiro, Manour, Ricotta, Halloumi, or Goat Cheese.
  • Pasta. Substitute with other bite-sized pasta such as penne, elbow, shell, ziti, or bowtie pasta.
Greek Pasta Salad recipe close up image.

Recipe FAQ

How do I salt pasta water?

Bring the 3-4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1½ tablespoons of salt for every pound of pasta. Pour the dry pasta into the large pot of salted water and boil according to the package instructions.

What is a greek salad made of?

No leafy greens here, a classic Greek salad is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, olives, and feta cheese making it low in calories and high in nutrients.

What are some pasta salad mistakes?

Some common mistakes when making pasta salad include using the wrong type of pasta, not cooking the pasta correctly, adding the dressing after the pasta has cooled, and not adding enough seasoning to the salad.

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Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Greek pasta salad is packed with traditional Greek flavors and covered in a tasty dressing! It's perfectly light and refreshing.
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 3 cups tri-colored rotini pasta uncooked
  • 1 cup Crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup cucumbers chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 cup Greek dressing
  • cilantro
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  • Cook rotini according to the package directions. Let cool.
  • Add pasta and remaining ingredients to a bowl and toss. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. ENJOY!



Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 534mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 270IU, Vitamin C: 4.8mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
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  1. Pam says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Made it tonight and it was a huge hit with my family. I used green olives and Celery along with the other ingredients plus a little bit of red onion. Simply delicious.

  2. Sharina says:

    5 stars
    I can’t get enough of this amazing Greek pasta salad! It is packed with flavors plus the dressing is a winner!

  3. April says:

    5 stars
    Love this pasta salad! It’s light and refreshing and full of that great Mediterranean flavor.