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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Do you ever get a craving for a certain kind of food?  I do – and for some reason lately (probably since we made this recipe), I’ve been craving Greek-inspired foods!  Something about the zesty, salty and spicy flavors has been calling my name!  And with July 4th barbecues coming up – after I mentioned my Greek food craving to Jack – he offered to make his delicious Mediterranean Pasta Salad!

Jack made a version of this Mediterranean pasta salad several years ago – but he’s taken the flavors up several notches in this recipe!   It’s an easy pasta salad with classic Mediterranean ingredients – garlic, olives, tomatoes, peppers, artichokes and feta cheese, plus basil and mint for some additional fresh flavor.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad - A Family Feast

But the dressing…OH…this fantastic dressing!  The dressing is also made with classic ingredients…but the flavors are super intense and wonderful because the extra virgin olive oil has been heated and then flavored with garlic and oregano – making the flavors really come alive!  Some salt and pepper is added for seasoning as well – and then a final splash of fresh lemon juice completes this perfect dressing.

Then – this wonderful dressing is poured over the hot, freshly cooked pasta – and the pasta absorbs some of the dressing as it cools.  Honestly – I’d be happy eating the flavored pasta with just the dressing – it’s that delicious!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad - A Family Feast

All of the vegetables and pasta get tossed together and then the salad is chilled.  And – a final generous sprinkle of feta cheese completes this wonderful Mediterranean pasta salad.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This recipe uses fresh herbs, which are highly recommended. If fresh herbs are not available, use half the amount of dry herbs for each listed.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (3-4 medium cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about one large lemon)
  • 12 ounces dry Ditalini (or your favorite pasta)
  • Zest from one lemon
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives sliced in half
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, leaves rolled and sliced (chiffonade)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, leaves rolled and sliced (chiffonade)
  • ½ cup red onions chopped
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper (about one medium pepper)
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts drained, stems left on and quartered the long way
  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, add oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and cook slowly for about 8 minutes or until the garlic just begins to brown.
  2. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Set this mixture aside.
  3. Start cooking the pasta per the box directions but cook just slightly under cooked.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the remaining ingredients.
  5. When the pasta is just a little under done, remove to a colander and drain but do not rinse.
  6. Place cooked drained hot pasta in a large bowl and add the flavored oil and lemon juice mixture. Stir and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes.
  7. Add all other prepared ingredients except feta and stir. Refrigerate until chilled then stir in the feta and serve.
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Comments

  1. I love all the flavors in this delicious salad. Greek food is always a craving of mine.
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  2. Oh my. That dressing does sound fabulous! I love a good Greek dressing but I’ve never tried heating the oil with the spices. I bet that makes it super intense! Can’t wait to try it!
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  3. I’m quite sure I’d drink that dressing.
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  4. I can’t wait to make this!!

  5. Wow, Martha! I want to pour this dressing on absolutely everything! I’ll start with this pasta salad but after that, the sky’s the limit!
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  6. This pasta salad is perfect for a BBQ, love it!
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  7. Yum! I love pasta salads and the Mediterranean twist of flavors sounds amazing to me right now! I will have to make this for my next cook out we get invited to!
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  8. I need to organize a picnic so I can make THIS.
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  9. Beautiful looking pasta salad. I bet those flavors really come through!
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  10. Sounds perfect for 4th of July. Honestly, I think I pin just about everything you post! Thank you.

  11. Wow that looks awesome! So colorful and I love the texture! Hubby would devour that!
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  12. YUM, this is the perfect summer pasta salad! :)
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  13. This salad is right up my alley. Mediterranean flavors are so light and fresh!
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  14. I’ll take a huge serving of this, please and thank you! It looks good enough to make a meal out of!
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  15. I love this!!! I’m a huge fan of feta and Kalamata olives. I don’t think I would share this with anyone.
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  16. This is such a fun twist on traditional pasta salad. Looks amazing!
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  17. I have been making this type of salad for years. It is my husband’s and my favorite. I use brown rice pasta, green onions, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and shredded carrots. Using brown rice pasta makes it a healthier salad and we feel we are not eating empty calories.

  18. Love your recipes! However, some of us out here need to Know the Nutrition values for health reasons. Thank you.

  19. OMG! Made this pasta salad dish last night! I am in love with the flavors. In fact, the garlic mixture alone is amazing with just the pasta. Didn’t use the green peppers because I thought it would muddy the taste, but I give you two thumbs up!!!!! Wow, making it again and again.

  20. I love the flavors in this recipe! I used cucumbers instead of the peppers and it came out great! Thanks!!

  21. I want to make this for a bbq this weekend, how far in advance can I make it up? Or should I just mix it all together a few minutes before serving? I’m so excited to give it a try. Thanks

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