Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
This Greek pasta salad recipe is simply divine and perfect as a side dish or main meal!
The spring months are upon us and it won’t be long before we are gathering with friends for summer festivities. One of the problems I see come up a lot on social media for vegans is that they get invited to a gathering or potluck and have no idea what to bring. They want something that they can enjoy knowing exactly what’s in what they’re eating, but also something that will blend in nicely at the table and not stand out as “the vegan dish to avoid”.
We’ve all been there. Those non-vegan folks who think you are trying to poison them with your “vegan garbage”.
Well few things blend in on a food table like a good pasta salad. This dish is the perfect answer for what to bring to share!
WHAT GOES WITH PASTA SALAD?
An easier question would be, what DOESN’T go with pasta salad! Truly, just about anything will pair nicely with a pasta salad, whether you are vegan or not. This particular salad will work with most non-vegan dishes for sharing, and for the vegan diet, it pairs well with other veggies, breads, crackers, salads and even some fruits! It also goes amazingly well with a little hummus and veggies or hummus and crackers.
CAN YOU MAKE PASTA SALAD AHEAD OF TIME?
Absolutely! Pasta is a great dish to make ahead of time. Make it a day or so in advance (no more than 2 days in advance) and it will keep for another 1-3 days in the fridge if you have leftovers.
HOW LONG WILL PASTA SALAD KEEP IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
If it’s packed correctly, pasta salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To pack it correctly, simply make sure it’s in a food-safe container that has an air-tight lid. Plastic wrap works too, but not as well if this will be in the fridge for the full 5 days. Do not use aluminum foil. It doesn’t keep the air out as well and your salad will spoil faster.
PASTA SALAD WITH MAYO
If you prefer your pasta salad a little more moist, here is another pasta recipe on my other blog that can be made with vegan mayo. It’s delicious, and again, nobody will know the difference if you are sharing.
GREEK PASTA SALAD
Most Greek pasta salads will have feta cheese in them, but that’s obviously not vegan. If you know of a good vegan feta, it will be a nice addition here. That said, I wouldn’t share this dish with vegan feta in it. Most people can spot the difference in cheese immediately. So unless you know they like it, I would just leave it out.
This Greek pasta salad recipe has very simple, yet decently strong Greek flavors from the Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. However, if the flavor isn’t strong enough for you, you can either add a splash of balsamic vinegar, or you can add more of any of the additions such as the sun dried tomatoes, olives or garlic powder. Use the recipe as a jumping off point and add more to your liking.
In case you are wondering, I used this gluten free macaroni from Trader Joe’s. It’s amazing stuff!
(and no, I wasn’t paid to say that.)
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GREEK PASTA SALAD RECIPE:
A deliciously low fat pasta salad that is packed with wonderfully Greek ingredients. The flavors are simple yet wonderfully present.
- 1/2 lb. dry pasta (cooked to package directions)
- 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (drained if packed in oil)
- 3/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dry oregano (or 1 tbsp. fresh, chopped)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.
Adjust any seasonings to your liking and serve.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.