Greek Pasta Salad From Scratch

An easy Greek pasta salad with homemade dressing lots of fresh veggies and Mediterranean flavor.
Greek pasta salad in large mixing bowl with wooden serving spoon on white wood surface

This Greek pasta salad starts with a homemade red wine vinaigrette and adds classic Greek ingredients for a perfect potluck side dish.

Back when I was working full time, I used to leave work at 4:30 and have NO IDEA what I was serving for dinner.  I also had no food in the house. So I would go to the grocery store deli counter, thinking I was being thrifty doing that instead of getting take out.

I would then proceed to spend an absurd amount of money on a Greek pasta salad just like this one.   

After I started trying to make things from scratch as much as possible, a copycat recipe of that yummy side dish was in order.  The hardest thing to get right was the dressing, which took a few tries. But this homemade pasta salad dressing is amazing! It is loaded with Mediterranean seasoning, (including home dried basil), and has plenty of red vinegar and salt and pepper for lots of flavor.

This also makes an easy side dish for a home dinner, but it makes a lot. I would recommend cutting the recipe in half unless it’s for a party.

Step by step Greek pasta salad:

Start by cooking the pasta so you can rinse it in cold water and let it cool. I like to use small penne, which is often labeled “mini penne” or “mezze penne” at the grocery store, but any smallish shape will work.

Pasta for pasta salad should be cooked either al dente or 1 minute longer. Undercooked will not be good.

Then we will make the dressing. Combine all the seasoning and the oil in a small bowl and whisk them. Then add the red wine vinegar while whisking quickly. (By the way, the dressing is good on a regular salad as well!)

homemade dressing for Greek pasta salad
the dressing will look like this!

The rest of the recipe is just mixing up the remaining ingredients, and covering and chilling the pasta salad. If you are missing one of the fresh vegetables, it’s not a big deal, just use what you have!

Here’s the recipe!

Greek Pasta Salad

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An easy Greek pasta salad with homemade dressing lots of fresh veggies and Mediterranean flavor.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
chilling time:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 45 mins
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For the dressing:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 t. dried basil
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2. t. black pepper
  • 2 t. onion powder
  • 2 t. dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar

To assemble the pasta salad:

  • 1 box of mini penne pasta may be labeled “mezze penne”
  • 1 can of black olives
  • 1 green pepper finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion finely sliced
  • 6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup diced tomato


  •  Cook the pasta to al dente in boiling, lightly salted water.  Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside
  • Combine all the ingredients for the dressing EXCEPT the red wine vinegar.  In a small bowl whisk until combined. Add the vinegar last, while whisking until emsulfied.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss the pasta and dressing together, then add the green pepper, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.
  • Cover and chill at least four hours.  Serve cold. Best served the day it is made, but keeps well for 3 days in the refrigerator.


Add grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp and serve as a complete meal.


Calories: 111830kcal | Carbohydrates: 8884g | Protein: 7283g | Fat: 6701g | Saturated Fat: 416g | Sodium: 66488336mg | Potassium: 243358mg | Fiber: 5500g | Sugar: 1434g | Vitamin A: 118345IU | Vitamin C: 2501mg | Calcium: 136671mg | Iron: 3067mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: greek pasta salad, pasta salald with homemade dressing, pasta with salad with feta
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 111830kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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