Greek Lemon Pasta Salad Plus 5 Great Sides

by heidi on May 25, 2012

Foodie Crush Greek Pasta Salad

Ah, Friday. Thank you for finally showing up on my doorstep.

It’s been a week of surprises and quick moves that have called for backbone, agility and patience. Some of the news has been trying for my family and some has given me drive and inspiration. For myself, things are a-changing and I’m totally ready for it. My dance card is filling up. But more on that soon enough.

Lately I’ve had a hankering for pasta. What’s my deal with carbo loading? I’ve been dreaming of salty plus crunchy the little pasta bowl in my head. Feta = salt. Kalamata olives = salt. I think I have it covered.

Foodie Crush Greek Lemon Pasta Salad

Foodie Crush


Greek Lemon Pasta Salad Plus 5 Great Sides

Yield: serves 8 -10


1 pound pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
1 8 ounce jar kalamata olives, halved
1 6 ounce jar roasted red bell pepper
1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fruity olive oil
2 lemons, juiced and zested
1 tablespoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Assemble dressing: in a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, salt and pepper and whisk well to combine. Let sit at room temperature for flavors to blend.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix gently. Add feta to top of pasta and let flavors sit for 1/2 hour before serving or overnight.

This weekend we’re mountain bound and we’ll be grilling up this rib recipe, they’ll be just the tip of the culinary iceberg. So it was time to wander through the archives and see which of my favorites would be showing up on the picnic table.

Foodie Crush Tomato Avocado SaladFresh Tomato and Avocado Salad 

Creamy Macaroni and Salami Salad

Macaroni Salad with Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Foodie Crush Watermelon and Strawberry Feta SaladStrawberry and Watermelon Spring Salad 

Foodie Crush Hearts of Palm SaladTomato and Hearts of Palm Salad 

Foodie Crush Caesar SaladCaesar Salad with Hashbrown Croutons

I’ve been so excited to check my email each day and see the submissions for your frozen treat recipe for the next issue of Foodie Crush. If you’d like to submit, you still have time to shoot them my way!


Posted in: recipes,salads and sides

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks May 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

Love all these salads. You almost have me craving greenery rather than chocolate :) Great pics and great recipe. I love tomatoes & Hearts of Palm. Great idea!


Karylle May 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

This is what I am actually looking for.. I want to try a new recipe together with my husband this weekend and for sure this is a good one..


Kathryn May 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

Great round up! I love all those colours up there!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 25, 2012 at 5:04 am

Mmm love the sound of this! Pure picnic food right here :)


Maria May 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love that we both posted Greek salads today:) Happy weekend!


kelley May 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

Once again, lovely as ever. Have a fun safe weekend!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

oh what fabulous recipes! Have a great long weekend!


Jennifer May 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to jazz up a salad because I do get tired of the same old thing after a while. Thanks for posting these. They look great!


Cassie May 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

I love Greek flavors. This sounds mouthwatering, Heidi!


Rocky Mountain Woman May 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

I am so making that pasta salad for a luau I’m going to this weekend!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

These all look so good! Going to have to try one of these out this weekend!


Jennifer | Mother Thyme May 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

I could eat this pasta salad everyday! This looks fabulous and a great round up too!


Sharyn Dimmick May 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

I like anything that resembles Greek salad. Hold the onion and add some fresh cherry tomatoes when they come in.


Julie @ Table for Two May 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

Oh Heidi, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the colors and flavors that went into this pasta. It’s so refreshing and summery! Greek anything is always good and I’m sure this is just wonderful! Thanks for the great roundup!! Have a great weekend :)


Bev @ Bev Cooks May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

EVERY single salad looks gorg. And I’m all for pasta, all the time, forever and ever. Amen.


Shive May 28, 2012 at 5:06 am

It was truly amazing, as a mom I need to explore with this delicious idea… This Greek lemon pasta salad really looks delicious…


Karen (Back Road Journal) May 28, 2012 at 6:50 am

This is my first visit to your blog and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Your photos and beautiful and the recipes are terrific.


jennifer May 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

Greek lemon pasta salad, sounds really great… Thanks for sharing this interesting delicious stuff…


Wendell May 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I love this, i am sure this is very healthy yet so delicious. I love pastas.


Ella May 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

You almost have me craving greenery rather than chocolate Great pics and great recipe. Thanks for sharing these mouthwatering post.


Grace Sevilly June 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

If I wasn’t cutting down on carbs, I would munch down on this 3x a day.. too bad I have to go on diet now… Looks really enticing though


Quick Asian Recipes - Ashish Negi June 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

I like stopping by your site every now and then. Just a small token of my appreciation here :)


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