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Greek Style Pasta Salad

This Greek-inspired pasta salad is perfect as a side dish for a summer picnic or a served alone as a light meal.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Melissa Russo / thefarmgirlgabs.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. box of Penne pasta
  • 1 Cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup Green Pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery diced
  • 1/2 cup Onion diced
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes sliced
  • 12 oz. Feta Cheese
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata or Black Olives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Clove of Garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, chop vegetables: cucumber, peppers, celery, onion, cherry tomatoes and set aside.
  3. Chop olives and set aside.
  4. In large mixing bowl, add pasta and all the chopped vegetables. Add feta cheese to mixture.
  5. Pour prepared dressing (see below) over top and gently incorporate all the ingredients together.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  7. To Make Dressing:
  8. Measure 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar in a bowl. Add crushed garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Whisk to incorporate.
  9. Once incorporated, gradually whisk in olive oil and blend well.
  10. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.