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Mediterranean Pasta Salad (Vegetarian)

This easy pasta salad recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next potluck, backyard bbq, or family dinner!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 373 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta I use rotini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes washed and halved
  • 2 mini English cucumbers washed and cut into quarter moons (approx. 2/3-1 C)
  • 6 oz pitted Kalamata olives drained and halved
  • 2/3-1 C parsley washed and finely chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl. If you're still chopping the other ingredients, place the bowl of pasta in the fridge to stay cool.
  • While pasta is cooking, chop tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and parsley. Set aside.
  • Place all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Place in the fridge until ready to put on salad.
  • Place all ingredients in the large bowl with the pasta and stir to evenly coat the pasta and distribute the veggies throughout.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

*Modification for gluten free: Use your favorite gluten free pasta.
 
*Modification for vegan pasta: Omit the feta cheese.
 
*Option for additional vegetables: Mix in 1 cup of fresh spinach or fresh arugula.
 
*Option for the addition of meat: Add some Genoa hard salami. I’ve also added leftover pulled chicken to this dish for some extra protein and it was enjoyable.

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 12gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 516mgPotassium: 416mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 919IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 3mg
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