This Greek pasta salad is a light and fresh combination of colorful veggies, olives, and feta cheese. It’s the perfect side dish for any summer gathering!

When you take Greek salad ingredients and add pasta to the mix, you end up with a hearty dish that’s packed with flavor and a total crowd pleaser.

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Greek pasta salad in a serving bowl, garnished with parsley.

I’m always looking for new ideas for summer salads. We eat a ton of salads in the summer because all of the produce is in season and salads are quick to toss together. This Greek pasta salad might be my very favorite – it’s got plenty of fresh veggies, hearty pasta and creamy feta cheese for a flavor combination that can’t be beat.

How do you make Greek pasta salad?

To make Greek pasta salad, you’ll need to chop your veggies first. I use a combination of cucumber, green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion and olives. The vegetables are combined with pasta and tossed in a Greek style dressing. The finishing touch is a sprinkling of feta cheese and some fresh parsley. While I typically use parsley because I always have it on hand, you can always substitute other herbs like fresh dill, chives, oregano or green onions.

Cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, feta, herbs and cucumbers over pasta.

The most time consuming part about making this salad is cutting up all the vegetables. I dice my veggies and make the dressing while the pasta is cooking, which helps keep prep time to a minimum. I chose vegetables that are commonly found in classic Greek salad, but you can always customize to your tastes. If you like, you can swap out a sweeter red bell pepper for the green pepper, or use sliced scallions instead of red onions.

I like to use English cucumbers in my cooking because they have thin skins and very few seeds. If you use a standard waxed cucumber, I’d recommend peeling it first and scooping out the seeds before proceeding with the recipe.

A bowl of pasta with red onion, kalamata olives, bell pepper and tomatoes, with a drizzle of Greek dressing.

The dressing is a simple mixture of olive oil, herbs and spices, and can be tossed together in about two minutes. You can’t beat that for convenience!

A bowl of Greek pasta salad with a serving spoon in it.

This Greek pasta salad can be served right away, or stored in the fridge for up to 4 hours before you plan to serve it. If I’m planning to make this salad ahead of time, I typically leave out the tomatoes and stir them in right before serving, as fresh tomatoes can become mealy when stored in the fridge.

A bowl of Greek pasta salad loaded with feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and bell peppers.

I prefer to use a block of feta cheese packed in brine rather than the pre-crumbled feta cheese. Often times, pre crumbled feta cheese is coated with cornstarch or other ingredients to keep it from sticking together, and it just doesn’t taste as fresh.

I’ve brought this salad to numerous potlucks this summer and it’s always one of the first dishes to disappear! It’s light and refreshing, yet hearty enough to keep you satisfied.

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5 from 12 votes

Greek Pasta Salad

AuthorSara Welch
Greek pasta salad in a serving bowl, garnished with parsley.
This Greek pasta salad is a light and fresh combination of colorful veggies, olives, and feta cheese. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Serves 6


  • 8 ounces dry pasta such as cavatappi, penne or rotini
  • 1 1/2 cups cucumber diced
  • 1 1/2 cup s cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley plus more for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare the pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Cool the pasta by running cold water over it in a colander.
  • Place the cucumbers, tomatoes, pepper, red onion, olives, parsley and feta cheese in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Add the pasta to the bowl with the vegetables.
  • Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve, sprinkled with more parsley and feta cheese if desired.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 31.9mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This post was originally published on August 31, 2017 and was updated on July 11, 2018 with new photos and content. This post was originally sponsored by Barilla.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had a group of 20 for a BBQ and thus pasta salad was great because I could double
    It and prep ahead of time. Putting it together is easy, and it looks great on the table. Thanks!

  2. Man, this looks so yummy! I really like pastas, especially pasta salads. I have to make this myself, one of these days.

  3. I love Greek salads! And to have it as a pasta salad seems so yummy. I love how fresh, colorful and pretty it looks. Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious. We have a Greek dinner party in the works, and this recipe is perfect for it.

  5. I absolutely love Greek Salad, so I could imagine how delicious this pasta salad is! What I love most about it, looks super simple to make!

  6. This pasta looks absolutely delicious and I’m always looking for some new recipes to include in my menu so thanks a lot for sharing this!

  7. 5 stars
    This looks like such a delicious meal. I like how quick and easy it is to make and really healthy too. Great job.

  8. My mouth is watering going through this recipe. I could definitely make this and take it to a potluck.

  9. 5 stars
    I finally found this recipe for Greek Pasta Salad. I like how plenty of olives are added in. Look super healthy and yummy. I can’t wait to try it out.