This Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad is going to be your new favourite! Loaded with vegetables, it’s as much a vegetable salad as it is a pasta salad, which is how I like them!  It also uses artichoke hearts, which makes this the best Greek pasta salad out there! I have finally converted Mr Magpie over to loving artichoke hearts – by first putting them on a pizza hahaha! Now he wants them in everything!

Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad

How to Make a Healthy Greek Pasta Salad

I had a HUGE tub of Feta in the fridge that I have been slowly using up over the past couple of weeks. That’s usually how I come up with a new recipe to share with you guys, I see something that I have to use up in my fridge, panic, and then think of what to make with it. The first thing I thought of was Feta Salad. The second thing I thought of was making into a pasta salad, to make all of my ingredients.

To Make a healthy and delicious Greek pasta salad all you need to do is:

  • Combine salad ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  • Whisk together the Greek dressing ingredients, then pour over the salad.
  • Stir or toss gently to cover the ingredients with the dressing.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving to let the flavours blend together.

I also had a jar of marinated artichoke hearts in my fridge to use up as well, so that got tossed in there as well. I have actually converted Mr Magpie over to the dark side of loving artichoke hearts and it WAS by ordering them on a pizza from our favourite pizza place!

Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad, loaded with olives, cucumber and even artichoke hearts! ( which make it the BEST ever!) #Salads #recipes #GreekSalad #healthyrecipes from @kitchenmagpie

The marinated artichoke hearts were really good, but I only put in a small amount. Mike asked me to double the amount next time I make this Greek pasta salad, he loved them in it that much. Also : this is BEYOND delicious the next day! This recipe make a very large bowl, enough for 8-10 people to eat it as a meal, so be warned ahead of time!

I also confess that Kalamata olives are my least favourite olives of all, isn’t that weird? Unless of course, they are stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon or some other delicacy, they are often my olive of last choice! So I used my very favourite olive of all, whole pitted black olives. So while traditional Greek pasta salad would have Kalamata olives, I used what I wanted instead.

Ingredients in Greek Pasta Salad

You can definitely play around with the ingredients in this as we prefer black olives and not Kalamata.

  • bow tie pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled
  •  English cucumber
  • 2 large tomatoes
  •  red onion
  •  black olives pitted ( Kalamata are traditional)
  •  marinated artichoke hearts
  • Feta cheese

Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad, loaded with olives, cucumber and even artichoke hearts! ( which make it the BEST ever!) #Salads #recipes #GreekSalad #healthyrecipes from @kitchenmagpie

Karlynn’s Tips and Tricks for Making a Great Greek Pasta Salad

  1. Plan to eat this twice. We ate this Greek pasta salad two days in a row : day one with smokies done on the BBQ and then day 2 with homemade hamburgers. It honestly was better the next day, so if you have time to make it the day before, go ahead and do that. The vegetables were still crisp and delicious and the main secret?
  2. Drain your diced tomatoes in a colander. Oh man, does this make a difference you guys when it comes to tomatoes in a salad. If you aren’t afraid of a little salt, dice them, sprinkle them with a wee bit of salt and let them sit in a colander for a good 15 minutes, tossing them every so often to help get the juice out. This way you aren’t left with a salad that has a puddle of tomato juice in the bottom of it. That juice is drained out before you even toss the ingredients together.
  3. By draining those tomatoes it works like a charm and allows you to make this salad the next day. The flavours blended together wonderfully by sitting overnight and nothing was soggy at all. It also helps to mellow out the bite of the red onions in this Greek pasta salad, which some people find too harsh. Try to buy large, juicy onions and you shouldn’t have any that are too strong.

Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad, loaded with olives, cucumber and even artichoke hearts! ( which make it the BEST ever!) #Salads #recipes #GreekSalad #healthyrecipes from @kitchenmagpie

Main Dishes to Serve With This Greek Pasta Salad

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Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

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Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
This Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad is going to be your new favourite! Loaded with vegetables, it's as much a vegetable salad as it is a pasta salad, which is how I like them!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Pasta Salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
Salad Ingredients
  • 1 375 g box of bow tie pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled
  • 1 large English cucumber washed and diced
  • 2 large tomatoes washed, diced and juices drained in a colander for 15 minutes
  • 1 cup of red onion diced into chunks
  • 1 cup of black olives pitted ( kalmata are traditional)
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts diced
  • 1- 1/2 cups of Feta cheese crumbled or diced
Greek Dressing
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp Greek Seasoning in the jar in stores
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Combine salad ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Whisk together the Greek dressing ingredients, then pour over the salad.
  3. Stir or toss gently to cover the ingredients with the dressing.
  4. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving to let the flavours blend together.
Nutrition Facts
Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 515mg 21%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.9%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 11%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

4 Comments

  1. kalamata are actually my favorite olives so will use these but going to try sounds good

  2. I’m making this now but I don’t know what the Greek seasoning is!

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