Greek Pasta Salad
Yield: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fusilli, rotini, or other short, tubular pasta (use gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) cherry, grape, or vine-ripened tomatoes (halved if small; seeded and chopped if large)
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced (peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved or sliced
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (may substitute a cup or so of baby spinach, arugula, or finely chopped kale)
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) feta cheese, crumbled
  • Absolutely Famous Greek Dressing (see notes)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing everything in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store it in the refrigerator, and shake well prior to using. The flavor of the dressing will improve over several hours or overnight; prepare it ahead if possible. The dressing will keep for a week or more in the fridge.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well, and toss with a tablespoon or so of the dressing to keep the noodles from sticking as they cool and while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. When the pasta is cool, place it in a serving bowl, and add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, and parsley. Drizzle with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the dressing and toss well. (Reserve any leftover dressing to pass at the table or save for future use.) Add the crumbled feta, toss again, and enjoy.
Notes
  • In a pinch, feel free to substitute your favorite bottled Greek dressing, although this recipe adds great flavor and is easy to make!
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