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Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek pasta salad is an absolute favorite in our household. Made with a creamy pesto-mayo dressing highlighting a medley of fresh ingredients, this Greek pasta salad with chicken is savory, satisfying and so delicious! This week has been ultra busy, and in California the weather has been hot as a furnace. It’s times like these when I turn to quick and easy recipes like cool and refreshing pasta salads.

Greek Pasta Salad

Lately I’ve been drawn to unique artisan noodle in various shapes. Pasta that has real character. You can use bow-tie pasta, penne pasta, shells, or whatever type of pasta you have in your pantry. But for today’s Greek pasta salad recipe I used Trottole. I think you’ll agree, these cute spiral noodles look so darn festive. I encourage you to switch things up and have some fun! What type of noodles would you like to see in your Greek pasta salad?

Greek Pasta Salad

These are all the ingredients you’ll need to create a scrumptious Greek pasta salad filled with beautiful flavor. I guarantee this will become one of your favorite go-to pasta salad recipes! Your family will be asking for more and your friends will want this tasty Greek pasta salad recipe!

Greek Pasta Salad

Because I’ll take a short-cut when I need it, I bought a rotisserie chicken at Costco and cubed up the breast section. And because I’m weak when it comes to Diesel Dog looking up at me with his sweet doggie eyes, I reserved the leg and thigh meat for him. He really appreciated that!

Greek Pasta Salad

I really enjoy making pesto from scratch, but today I was short on time. For this Greek pasta salad recipe I used store-bought pesto which is just as fabulous. The deli container was .75 lbs and yielded 1 and 1/4 cups pesto. To make the pesto-mayo dressing mix the pesto with one cup mayonnaise. It’s literally the perfect dressing consistency. Yum!

Greek Pasta Salad

Cook your noodles according to the package directions. When boiling noodles for Greek pasta salad I cook them al dente so they’re not limp. I like the noodles to have a gentle firmness. As soon as the noodles are done boiling, drain off the hot water. Rinse the noodles under cold running water to cool them all the way off. With a wooden spoon or spatula fold the pasta into the other ingredients: Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, red onion, chicken, marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto-mayo dressing and Feta cheese.

Greek Pasta Salad

Garnish with a few extra sprinkles of Feta cheese on top. Your scrumptious Greek pasta salad is now ready to serve! Greek pasta salad is also a perfect make-ahead dish that you can refrigerate and serve within the next five days. I store mine in a gallon-sized Ziplock baggie. In my opinion, pasta salads taste even better the following day once the dressing has had a chance to really soak into the noodles.

Greek Pasta Salad


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Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad


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Greek pasta salad is an absolute favorite in our household. Made with a creamy pesto-mayo dressing highlighting a medley of fresh ingredients, this Greek pasta salad with chicken is savory, satisfying and so delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Trottole pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 + 1/2 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 + 1/4 cup pesto, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1 + 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, sliced or chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup Feta cheese plus more for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, boil the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain off hot water and rinse the pasta under cold running water until all the noodles have been cooled off.
  2. In a small bowl, create the pesto-mayo dressing by mixing the pesto and mayonnaise together.
  3. In a large salad bowl, fold the pasta, pesto-mayo and the rest of the ingredients together until well combined. Every noodle should be covered in pesto-mayo.
  4. Garnish your Greek pasta salad by sprinkling a little extra Feta cheese on top.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Your Greek pasta salad can be refrigerated for up to five days.
  • Category: Lunch, Snack, Dinner
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Greek, Italian, American

Keywords: Greek pasta salad, Greek pasta salad recipe, cold pasta salad

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Greek Pasta Salad

Here’s a closer look at this yummy Greek pasta salad. I wish you could reach right through your screen with a fork and have a taste! I made one batch for my husband’s work where they were celebrating a co-worker’s retirement. And I made a second batch for us to enjoy for dinner.

Greek Pasta Salad

This is a photo of the Greek pasta salad with just half the Feta cheese and half the pesto-mayo dressing mixed in. I put in the full amount right after taking this photo, but I thought I’d share an image of what it looks like if you’re making a “slimmer” version of this pasta salad. It’s still super yummy! This Greek pasta salad is perfect for backyard BBQs, picnics, potlucks and luncheons. Just double or triple this recipe to serve a crowd!


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How to Make Greek Pasta Salad > Your Thoughts

Do you have a favorite Greek pasta salad recipe? What types of food do you enjoy serving during the hot summer months? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

48 thoughts on “Greek Pasta Salad”

    • Yay! I’m so happy to know you’ll soon be enjoying the delicious flavors of this Greek pasta salad. Thank you so much Patricia for stopping by for this recipe and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful week!

      • I haven’t tried Greek food yet, and your pasta looks delicious! What’s the secret of Greek food ingredient?

    • Sharon, your sweet comment has literally made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I can hardly wait for you to try this Greek pasta salad recipe. So yummy. :-)

    • Artichokes help make this Greek pasta salad super scrumptious! Amber, I hope you try this Greek pasta salad sometime this month. Have a wonderful week!

    • Heather, artichokes alongside sun-dried tomatoes give this Greek pasta salad a beautiful burst of flavor! Thanks so much for stopping by this evening for a visit here at Confetti and Bliss. I really appreciate it. :-)

  1. Yum! These are all my favorite foods and Greek salads are my favorite! Saving this recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

    • You’re so welcome, Carolyn. I’m happy to know you’ll soon be enjoying this Greek pasta salad recipe with all it’s fresh, creamy goodness. :-)

    • Thank you Jolina for your sweet comment. I agree this Greek pasta salad is a perfect BBQ side dish. I’m actually quadrupling the recipe this Thursday for a backyard BBQ for 40 here at my home for my husbands co-workers and their families.

  2. My go to noodle is garden variety rigatoni as of late! And the colors in the salad are incredible! I love pesto mayo too. Looks like I will be adding this to my list of must trys!

    • Marlene, rigatoni would be perfect for this Greek pasta salad! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my blog and leave a comment. Many good wishes for a wonderful week!

  3. I make something like this all the time. I have found that the Irish in me is hiding a Greek somewhere because I love this blend of flavors.

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