Healthy Greek Pasta Salad

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Fresh, simple, and healthy Greek pasta salad recipe ready in 15 minutes and dressed in a light homemade vinaigrette. This easy Summer recipe is packed with lots of crunchy veggies like red, yellow, and green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Ideal for meal prep, family dinners, and Summer grilling.

close up of fresh Greek pasta with feta, tomatoes, and arugula

The perfect summer pasta salad recipe

Summer is around the corner which means its grilling season! And you know what, I think that cold pasta salads might be my favorite BBQ side dish. They are always light, super refreshing, packed with flavor, and never disappoint!

This super simple Greek-inspired pasta salad is jam-packed with flavor, loaded with vegetables, dressed in a light homemade vinaigrette, and is ready in less than 15 minutes! The red onion and bell peppers add the perfect crunch, the feta cheese adds the much-needed creamy note, and the cherry tomatoes add the perfect amount of sweetness.

So if you are looking for a dinner side dish, an easy make-ahead meal prep lunch, or a simple family diner addition, this incredibly flavorful and healthy pasta salad is for you. I am absolutely obsessed, as you could probably already tell! Seriously, if you follow me on Instagram, I eat this at least once a week.

healthy Mediterranean Greek chickpea pasta salad in large white serving bowl

Ingredients in pasta salad with light Greek vinaigrette

This deliciously fresh and simple cold pasta salad recipe calls for a handful of healthy, good-for-you ingredients. I combined my pasta with sweet cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers & bell peppers for crunch, some fresh arugula, and kalamata olives for a dash of acidity. Then, I dressed the salad with a very light and tangy dressing that took 3 minutes to make. Seriously, this pasta salad could not be any easier to make and is especially perfect for a hot Summers day!

pasta salad:

  • Pasta (my favorite pasta is Banza which is made out of chickpeas, is gluten-free, and very high in protein) 
  • Red onion
  • Sweet cherry tomatoes
  • Arugula
  • Red bell pepper
  • Yellow or orange bell pepper
  • Green bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese

light Greek vinaigrette:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
Ingreditents in Greek pasta salad in glass mixing bowl

How to make healthy Greek pasta salad

This healthy summer pasta salad recipe is so easy to make! You’ll only need one mixing bowls, a knife to cut the vegetables, and a cutting board. So don’t worry, clean-up is going to be super easy. We’ll start by preparing and cooking the pasta, followed by finely dicing the veggies, and, finally, tossing everything in a simple homemade Greek dressing! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Cook your favorite pasta in salted water according to the package until the pasta is al dente. Then strain pasta, run under cold water, and set to the side
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add the red onion, tomatoes, arugula, bell peppers, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese to the bowl with the cooled pasta.
  4. Pour the dressing and gently toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking by adding more lemon, salt, pepper, and/or olive oil, if desired.
  5. For best results, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate or serve immediately! 

Is pasta salad healthy?

Yes! This simple Greek pasta salad recipe is most certainly healthy, nourishing, and good for you! I believe that the term “healthy” is all relative, and this pasta salad falls into that category!

Not only is this pasta salad recipe made with simple and real ingredients, but it is also packed with protein and fiber from the Banza chickpea pasta, healthy fats and calcium from the feta cheese, vitamin A and vitamin C from the bell peppers, and vitamin K from the arugula. One bowl of this pasta salad and y’all are going to feel full, nourished, and satisfied.

how to make pasta salad with light Greek vinaigrette dressing

Pasta salad tips & tricks:

  • Cook pasta LESS than normal. Trust me, al dente pasta is BEST for pasta salad. I like to subtract 1 minute from the lower range of what the box says.
  • Salt the pasta water. This will help capture all the yummy flavors!
  • Cool pasta completely. Run your cooked pasta under cold water to cool it and prevent it from sticking together and warming up the other vegetables.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Everyone has different tastes & preferences, so that is why I recommend tasting the pasta salad after you have dressed it and adjusting the flavors to your liking. Add a dash of more red wine vinegar or lemon if you want a tangier salad, add more salt and pepper, or even more garlic!
  • Let pasta salad marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, if not up to 2 hours. This is KEY for the flavor. If you do not have time, you can enjoy it right away.

Greek pasta salad variations

  • Make it dairy-free & vegan! Simply remove the crumbled feta cheese.
  • Swap the pasta for orzo! This is such an easy switch, just cut the veggies into small pieces.
  • Make it gluten-free! I used Banza protein chickpea pasta, which is already gluten-free, but if you use another brand just make sure to use a Use gluten-free pasta or quinoa in place of traditional noodles.
  • Add grilled chicken or shrimp to make this side dish a full meal!
  • Substitute arugula for spinach, or leave it out.
  • Leave out the olives and/or substitute with capers!
simple and healthy Greek pasta salad

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best ever healthy Greek pasta salad

Healthy Greek Pasta Salad


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Fresh, simple, and healthy Greek pasta salad recipe ready in 15 minutes and dressed in a light homemade vinaigrette. This easy Summer recipe is packed with lots of crunchy veggies like red, yellow, and green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Ideal for meal prep, family dinners, and Summer grilling.


Ingredients

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Salad:

  • 8 oz dried pasta, I used Banza fusilli
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 15 sweet cherry tomatoes, halved (~ 1 cup)
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced into quarter-moons (~ 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes or 1/2 cup crumbled

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, juiced (~3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook according to package until pasta is al dente. Strain pasta, run under cold water and set to the side
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once pasta is cooled and ready, add the red onion, tomatoes, arugula, bell peppers, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese.
  4. Pour the dressing and gently toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking by adding more lemon, salt, pepper, and/or olive oil, if desired.
  5. For best results, place in the refrigerator for a least 30 minutes to marinate. If not, serve immediately and enjoy! 

Notes

Gluten-free: use brown rice pasta or gluten-free certified pasta

Dairy-Free & Vegan: leave out the feta cheese

TO STORE: in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 4 days.

  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish, Salad
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy

Keywords: Greek pasta salad, Mediterranean pasta salad, feta pasta salad, chickpea pasta salad, healthy Greek chickpea pasta salad

Recipe by Tati Chermayeff / Healthful Blondie + Photos by The Travel Palate

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  • Madison Kate
    Posted at 07:52h, 24 May Reply

    Looks delicious! I will be making this on Sunday for my family. Thank you for the easy recipe!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 14:15h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you, Madison Kate! I love this simple pasta salad too. So flavorful!

  • Lily Von
    Posted at 11:42h, 31 May Reply

    This is so good!!!!! I cannot get enough of it.

  • Maggie Berry
    Posted at 20:48h, 04 June Reply

    Best summer recipe for lunch and dinner!

  • June
    Posted at 11:41h, 13 June Reply

    I love this pasta salad! Nothing too complex but healthy and filling. Been making for my lunches the past two weeks and it’s way better than a salad..

  • Allison Nater
    Posted at 11:55h, 13 June Reply

    Super delicious and perfect for a meal prep lunch!

  • Saskia
    Posted at 09:26h, 17 June Reply

    Super easy and delicious lunch!! everything tied together really well.

  • Annika Fairbanks
    Posted at 08:14h, 21 June Reply

    This recipe is beyond incredible. It is very simple and quick to fix and makes a great option for meal prepping or for any light meal.
    Highly recommended!!!

  • Brynn Murray
    Posted at 09:40h, 21 June Reply

    So easy to make and so delicious! I’m meal prepped for lunch this week!

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