Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salad is a staple regardless of the season. It's great at summer barbecues, sure, but it feels crucial at social brunch gatherings and parties. It's also equally as delicious for quick and family-pleasing weeknight dinners.

Recipe developer and health coach, Miriam Hahn, brings us this recipe for a Mediterranean twist on pasta salad that includes many bright and tangy flavors such as Kalamata olives, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar. She notes, "This recipe is great because you can make this on a busy weeknight because it is simple and quick, yet it is fancy enough to serve [when] entertaining." We also love that it loads a lot of flavor into a veggie-packed meal. If you want to eat more veggies, definitely give this dish a try.

Want a little bit more food to round out the meal? Hahn suggests pairing this dish "with a bowl of soup like a blended asparagus or butternut squash soup. It is great for a barbecue [when] paired with something off the grill."

Gather the Mediterranean pasta salad ingredients

To make this Mediterranean pasta salad, start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need pasta, red onion, English cucumber, grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fresh basil, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and pine nuts. The dressing is made of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried oregano, garlic granules, salt, and pepper. Hahn notes, "It is pretty filling on its own, but you can easily add some white beans or chicken if you want to bulk it up."

Cook the pasta and prepare the ingredients

First, boil a large pot of water to cook your pasta. Whether you like bow tie or penne noodles, Hahn says, "It works well with any shape of pasta." Add your chosen pasta to the boiling water and cook it according to the package directions. In the meantime, slice the red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and basil. Then, drain the pasta water, rinse with cool water, and set the cooked pasta aside.

Whisk up the dressing

Now, it's time to whip up the dressing. Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, oregano, garlic granules, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a whisk to stir until the dressing is well combined.

Toss the ingredients with the dressing

With all of your ingredients prepared, add the cooked pasta, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil, olives, feta cheese, and pine nuts to a large bowl. Top this with the prepared dressing and toss it to combine.

Hahn explains, "This salad is really best served right after you make it. Tomatoes and cucumbers don't hold up very well the next day. So best to finish it up! If you want to make it so that you can eat leftovers, then you can just add the tomatoes and cucumber to the serving plate and not mix [them] in with the entire salad. The rest will keep fine, and you just might need to add a little olive oil and vinegar the next day as pasta tends to absorb the dressing as it sits."

Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe
5 from 13 ratings
Quick and easy, Mediterranean pasta salad is ideal for weeknights and entertaining. Made with olives, artichokes, and basil, it's a flavor-packed side.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
6
Servings
Mediterranean pasta salad in serving dish
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces pasta
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts packed in water
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅔ cup Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Slice the red onion, cut the cucumber into half moons, and slice the grape tomatoes in half. Chop the artichoke hearts and cut the basil into thin slivers.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic granules, salt, and pepper.
  4. When the pasta is done, rinse in cold water and let cool for about 5 minutes. Then pour into a large bowl and add the red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil, olives, feta cheese, and pine nuts.
  5. Add the dressing to the bowl and toss well before serving.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 434
Total Fat 18.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 11.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 57.0 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Total Sugars 5.2 g
Sodium 617.2 mg
Protein 13.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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