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Greek Pasta Salad

posted by April Anderson on May 2, 2017

Greek Pasta Salad ~ Loaded with Bell Pepper, Cucumber, Pasta and Topped with a Creamy Yogurt Dressing! It’s Perfect for Summer!

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In the movie As Good As It Gets Jack Nicholson said it best: “Good times, noodle salad”. The words ring true because the two really do go hand in hand, don’t they? A big bowl of pasta salad shared at a potluck, BBQ, picnic, pool party, or any other get-together involving friends, fun, and sunshine is a wonderful thing. I mean, the happiness is mixed right in.

It’s always the first thing I dive into at any gathering, piling it high on my plate without a care that I should take only my fair share. My fair share just happens to be a lot more than conventional wisdom would advise. I just can’t help myself and so it was with that in mind that I am sharing a Greek pasta salad with you all that feeds a crowd. There’s always someone like me in the group that gets greedy with the pasta salad so this recipe makes enough for the pasta salad hoarder and everyone else.

But, before we dive into ingredients, let’s cover two important pasta-salad-making best practices:

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Almost eight years ago I learned an important tip from the Food Network: after boiling the pasta, drain it well, drizzle it with olive oil and spread it out on a sheet pan. Stick it in the refrigerator to chill. This keeps the dressing from breaking down once you mix it with the pasta. Mixing dressing with cold pasta keeps everything creamy instead of runny. Runny is not good.

Prep all the ingredients ahead of time, but keep them separate until it’s time to serve. Dice the veggies, mix the dressing, chill the pasta and once it’s go time mix them up and serve. Not only does this keep everything fresh, but it gives the dressing time to develop its flavor.

This Greek pasta salad has a yogurt-based dressing (along with some mayo for richness) with fresh dill, parsley, chives, and a squeeze of lemon. Crisp red bell pepper and cucumber are mixed in along with plenty of crumbled feta cheese. It’s creamy, light, and guaranteed to disappear at your next back-yard get-together.

Greek Pasta Salad

Preparation 0:15 2017-05-29T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:10 2017-05-29T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 10     adjust servings

All of the components for this Greek pasta salad can be made in advance. The dressing can be made a day ahead and the pasta can be held in the refrigerator for several hours before tossing it with the veggies and dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (see note)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain it well, toss it with the olive oil, and spread it in an even layer on a baking sheet. Chill the pasta in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes.

Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, dill, parsley, chives and salt in a medium bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator to all the flavors to develop.

When ready to serve, mix the pasta, dressing, cucumber, bell pepper, and feta cheese together in a large bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

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Recipe Notes

If the salad will be held at room temperature or outside for a long time substitute the mayonnaise with the same amount of Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 296kcal Calories from fat 102
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 341mg 14%
Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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