Greek Pasta Salad with Creamy Feta Vinaigrette

Say hello to a Greek-style pasta salad that's packed with vegetables and rich with creamy feta that a certain someone (no naming names, now) just might have consumed five meals in a row, including breakfast and a bedtime snack. It's that good. (But I'm still not givin' up who, no way, I'm just not.) There's no mayonnaise in my Greek Pasta Salad, instead, the dressing is a tangy-creamy vinaigrette with feta cheese. Great a great "dish to carry" choice for potlucks and picnics, funerals and family gatherings and is a definite addition to Favorite Summer Salads.

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Greek Pasta Salad with Creamy Feta Vinaigrette, another classic summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, loaded with vegetables in a tangy-creamy feta vinaigrette.

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  • "I just made this salad for a school pot luck this weekend. It was a big hit." ~ Anonymous
  • "Fixed this for a party last night. Delish!" ~ Carolyn
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A Story of Culinary Immigration.

Say hello to what just might be the summer’s salad obsession, a vegetable-packed pasta salad dressed in a feta-tangy creamy vinaigrette.

The recipe comes from dear family friend Elizabeth, a Scotswoman who emigrated to Canada many years ago who’s been "adopted" by my Canadian family. Elizabeth made her pasta salad for a post-wedding brunch in Toronto last month and after my second, no third, helping, I just knew I (and Kitchen Parade readers!) needed the recipe post-haste. (Who else takes pictures of recipes on phones to e-mail to themselves?)

Then I made a double batch for July 4th gatherings back in the States where there were lots of accolades and second helpings, especially from those who say, “I don’t usually like pasta salad.” (Who else eats leftover pasta salad for breakfast?)

So let me summarize. You've happened onto a Greek salad shared by a Scotswoman living in Canada. I brought it home with me to the States and now share it with the world. How cool is that?!

My New Go-To "Dish to Carry".


Creamy Feta Vinaigrette for Greek Pasta Salad, another classic summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, loaded with vegetables in a tangy-creamy feta vinaigrette.

For the rest of the summer, this is going to be my “dish to carry”.

The star of the salad is the Creamy Feta Vinaigrette, a simple, just-whisk-it-all-together mix of sharp red wine vinegar and tangy feta. You'll want to buy feta in a brick, it's moister and just, well, better.

Keep Some of the Ingredients Aside


Prepping for Greek Pasta Salad with Creamy Feta Vinaigrette, another classic summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, loaded with vegetables in a tangy-creamy feta vinaigrette.

When you make Greek Pasta Salad ahead of time, you might want to do the final stir-together right before leaving or even, especially if you've prepped the salad the day before, just before serving. Me, I wrap the sliced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and sliced olives separately. That way, all that's needed at the very last minute is a quick-quick stir.



GREEK PASTA SALAD with CREAMY FETA VINAIGRETTE

Hands-on time: 45 minutes
Time to table: 3 hours
Makes 14 cups (but easily halved), a huge batch that fits most handily into a gallon-size ice cream bucket
    PASTA
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) mini pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
    CREAMY FETA VINAIGRETTE
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) red wine vinegar
  • 2 - 4 teaspoons (see TIPS) minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces (112g) feta
  • ¼ cup (45g) olive oil
    BEFORE SERVING
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered (see TIPS)
  • 1 large cucumber (see TIPS), chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro or Italian parsley

PASTA Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain well. While still warm, transfer to a large bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in the peppers and olives.

CREAMY FETA VINAIGRETTE In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients except the 1/4 cup olive oil. With the back of a fork, smash the feta until it "creams" the vinaigrette, leaving small bits of feta intact. Whisk in the olive oil. Stir the vinaigrette into the pasta. Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours until cold.

BEFORE SERVING Stir in the tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro. Serve cold.

LEFTOVERS The salad keeps several days (see TIPS).

ALANNA’s TIPS More or less garlic? It’s up to you but I love the garlicky undertones with more. Cherry and grape tomatoes hold together better when the salad is intended to last several days. But when summer tomatoes are their peak, I’d be tempted to add diced regular tomatoes to just whatever’s being served right then. English cucumbers are more expensive but their tender skins and fleshy centers makes for less waste. Garden cucumbers are less expensive but I usually use a vegetable peeler to "stripe" their tougher skins and a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the seeds. This salad is a great contribution to potlucks and outdoor events. I chop the tomatoes, cucumbers and cilantro at home and put into separate freezer bags on top of the salad, then stir it all together after arriving. The olives begin to stain the pasta just a bit beginning Day Two so if making ahead of time, I would hold the olives to add just before serving.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per 108: Calories; 5g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 3mg Cholesterol; 123mg Sodium; 14g Carb; 1g Fiber; 1g Sugar; 3g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 3 & SmartPoints 3 & Freestyle 3 This recipe has been "Alanna-sized" with reductions in fat and increases in crunch and nutrition from extra vegetables. The biggest change was reducing the oil from 12 tablespoons to five, none of it missed in the least.

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Comments

  1. I add broccoli florets to the cooking pasta for the last minute and then drain. Another veggie!

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  2. Definitely sounds like something I'd like! I'd just use Dreamfields pasta, maybe macaroni.

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  3. I thought about the low-glycemic Dreamfields, Kalyn, and think it would be a great change. Since I'm STILL sad the last huge batch is gone, that'll be the next one!

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  4. Don't be sad, dear girl. Make more :)! Sounds terrific. Will definitely make this weekend. Thanks!!!

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  5. Okay, Cary, sold! Since I don't have Dreamfields on hand, I just might use the Wacky Mac I do. It's half shells, half wacky. Good for kids? Maybe!

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  6. This salad sounds great. I love how you get the creaminess from mashing up the feta. This is the type of salad you bring to a picnic or BBQ and before you know it, it's gone.

    Thanks for sharing and I love your photo.

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  7. Anonymous8/22/2011

    I just made this salad for a school pot luck this weekend. It was a big hit. I made extra for home and we are all enjoying the leftovers. I am a big fan of both of your blogs and have followed them for over a year now. Every recipe I have tried has been a success with my family.

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  8. MicheleB ~ What a great way to start a Monday! Thanks so much for your kind words, for taking the time to let me know. It means the world!

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  9. Carolyn9/08/2011

    Fixed this for a party last night. Delish!

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