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.
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!
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.
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