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Greek-Style Pasta Salad

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Editor's Note: With its combination of feta cheese, crunchy vegetables, and plenty of pasta, this recipe for Greek-Style Pasta Salad will be a hit at your next potluck! This easy pasta salad recipe is sure to wow the crowd, and can be read to eat within about 30 minutes. Although you can certainly share this pasta salad with family and friends at a picnic or during brunch, you can also serve it as a hearty lunch during the work week. Your coworkers will be quite impressed when they see the vibrant colors and delicious flavors of this Greek-style pasta salad!

Serves4

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time10 min

CostModerate

Easy

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course, Side Dish

MealBrunch, Dinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureCrunchy, Herby, Juicy, Salty, Savory, Sharp

Type of DishPasta, Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 pita bread
  • 2 cups medium pasta shells
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, stemmed and halved
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, pared, quartered lengthwise, and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup pitted, split brine-cured black olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine oil and garlic in a large bowl. Cut around edges of pita and separate into 2 circles; brush lightly with some of the oil; tear into pieces. Toast bread in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, turning to brown evenly.

  2. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiled salted water until al dente, or firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain.

  3. Combine the toasted pita croutons, pasta, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, celery, feta cheese, black olives, parsley, mint, and oregano with the oil in the large bowl; toss to blend. Add pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.

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