Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! Perfect for warm days and parties!

This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! Perfect for warm days and parties!

I swear I can be the most spastic person ever. Yesterday, I went to get a pedicure and even though I knew it was a hot stone massage, when the technician brought the stones to my station and placed it on my leg, I almost kicked my technician in the face because I didn’t hear her say that she was about to place it on me. I literally was like ‘holy crap what is this super hot thing on me?’ and flicked my shin and feet up in the air. Yeah, maybe giving me a pedicure is some sort of liability ;)

Also speaking of pedicures, the nail polish station where you choose a color. I think they need to give me a timer like the Jeopardy countdown or something. I literally take forever to choose a color. It’s like I’m making a huge decision or something. Just like paint swatches or pens or shirts…if you throw 50 colors in front of me with very similar shades, I just want to pick them all. Oh, and remember my Tieks post? Just like picking nail colors, picking three pairs of shoes was nearly impossible! Haha, please tell me you have similar issues…or do you have a go-to color for nails? I typically lean towards pinks and reds but there are always so many shades!

This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! Perfect for warm days and parties!


This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! Perfect for warm days and parties!

I was craving a cold Mediterranean pasta salad one afternoon and by golly, I went ahead and made one! They’re so easy to make and you can bring them to large parties and they’ll serve everyone! The most amount of work you’d have to do is chop up all the ingredients and boil water for the pasta so if you can handle that, you can totally whip up this pasta salad! I loved eating it cold out of the fridge. You know how in college (or maybe this was just me), you’d eat cold pizza or cold baked ziti or just anything cold from the fridge after a night of drinking? Well, this is the perfect pasta salad to actually eat cold and enjoy cold! It’s really refreshing on a hot summer day when you’re grilling out or taking it on a picnic. Yes, very picnic friendly since feta tends to not go bad as quick in the heat. Or at least that’s just my experience. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend sunbathing this pasta all day – just the normal sitting out at room temperature, ya know? Anyway! Enough rambling! Go gather the ingredients and toss this baby together!

This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! Perfect for warm days and parties!


Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Prep Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr

This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! 

Servings: 8 -10
  • 1 pound of dried fusili/rotini pasta, or whichever pasta shape you like - bowties work well in this too
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup green olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 ounces hard salami, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds and then quartered
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar*
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box then drain well and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta, and hard salami on top.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour over pasta mixture and toss well to coat.
  5. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (I did 6 hours).
  6. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

I used regular balsamic vinegar for this but a reader mentioned it turned her pasta salad a bit brown when she used regular balsamic. You can use white balsamic vinegar if you don't want to possibly get a brown tint.



Posted on July 09, 2014

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  1. 07/09/2014 at 7:36 am

    Julie, we would be a nightmare in a nail salon together. I take FOREVER to pick out my color, then inevitably end up choosing a coral or red that is exactly the same as every other color I ever use. At least I’m reliable?

  2. 07/09/2014 at 8:48 am

    I adore these flavors!! Perfect pasta salad!

  3. 07/09/2014 at 9:05 am

    Love a good pasta salad! These are some of my favorite flavors, mmm!

  4. 07/09/2014 at 9:41 am

    A timer at the nail color counter would be the death of me!!!

    Love this colorful salad :)

  5. 07/09/2014 at 9:49 am

    Bahaha, I am the exact same way when it comes to pedicures… can never decide on a color and I always risk kicking the person in the face when they start scrubbing the bottom of my feet. I have to tense up and concentrate on something else when they do that so I don’t freak out, lol!

    OK but about this salad… YUM/I WANT.

  6. 07/09/2014 at 10:17 am

    Perfect pasta salad!

  7. 07/09/2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m with you, too many options always throw me off

  8. 07/09/2014 at 1:35 pm

    Perfect summer salad, love the dressing. I have a hard time as well making up my mind, there are too many different shades.

  9. 07/09/2014 at 2:39 pm

    I have been craving this salad too so will be pinning this!
    I love pedicures too, but when they scrub the bottom of your feet I just can’t hold still. I am too ticklish! I am horrible when it comes to picking out a color too!

  10. 07/09/2014 at 3:03 pm

    This is my absolute favorite kind of pasta salad. I love all these Mediterranean flavors! Although I wouldn’t use the meat, everything out sounds deeeelish!

  11. Jenn P
    07/09/2014 at 4:20 pm

    Looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try this!

  12. 07/09/2014 at 4:38 pm

    This is my favorite flavor of pasta salad! The hubs would flip over this!!

  13. 07/09/2014 at 9:33 pm

    This looks like a complete meal to me. Love summer pasta salads!

  14. 07/09/2014 at 10:18 pm

    This is my kind of pasta salad – so delicious!

  15. 07/10/2014 at 1:46 am

    I could live off this salad all summer long, love!

  16. 07/10/2014 at 6:12 am

    This reminds me that I haven’t made my Greek Pasta Salad in ages. Looks absolutely delish!! Looove kalamata olives.

  17. 07/10/2014 at 9:49 am

    I love pasta salads for summer – what a great looking recipe and beautiful photos!

  18. 07/11/2014 at 10:40 am

    Some of my favorite flavors in one salad! Fantastic!

  19. 07/11/2014 at 2:57 pm

    Oh how I need this for lunch today!

  20. 07/12/2014 at 2:13 am

    YUM. love a good pasta salad and this one looks especially delicious… love the flavour combinations! thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  21. 07/12/2014 at 9:14 pm

    Looks amazing! I need to try this one soon!

  22. Shantel
    07/12/2014 at 11:10 pm

    I just found you from pinterest. The roast with the BUTTER recipe I am going to try for tomorrow. But I have to say- you have great recipes- but are also hilarious. I am sticking around.

    • Julie
      07/13/2014 at 11:24 am

      Aw thank you! Glad to have you here! Enjoy :)

  23. SherryB
    07/17/2014 at 3:19 pm

    Made this pasta salad yesterday and the flavors were wonderful, but your photo looked so much prettier and brighter than my salad–the balsamic turned the pasta and the feta brown. Did you use white balsamic?

    • Julie
      07/17/2014 at 3:47 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the salad! That’s interesting yours did that, Sherry! I just used regular balsamic. 1/8 cup of it mixed with 1/3 cup of olive oil should’ve diluted it enough to not turn the dish brown. However, if this is the case with you, then yes, definitely use white balsamic vinegar next time.

  24. Simone
    07/22/2014 at 2:21 pm

    I found this on Pinterest and I must say I was totally pleased.This salad is absolutely delicious. I made this for a picnic and it was a total hit. I also add sundried tomatoes( for some reason I can’t eat regular tomatoes). Other than my weird tomato situation this pasta salad is awesome. This was my first recipe from your site and I’m hooked!

    • Julie
      07/23/2014 at 12:48 pm

      Sundried tomatoes in this sounds great! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe – hope you try some more! :)

  25. Vaishnavi
    03/29/2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Julie,
    What a great recipe! I found this recipe on Pintrest and made this last night for my guests and everyone loved it. I just finished the leftover and this is had left me asking for more.. brilliant pasta salad recipe for keeps.. loved the dressing. Thanks a lot!

    • Julie
      03/30/2015 at 7:54 am

      Glad you and your guests enjoyed this!

  26. Alison
    06/12/2015 at 5:49 am

    sounds like a wonderful salad I’m going to make it for a street party tomorrow.

    Sad though that you compare your self in the 1st sentence to someone who has suffered severe brain oxygen starvation Ceribal Palsy or the extremely old fashioned and outdated word Spastic (which refers to the condition in which the muscles in the body go into involuntary spasm due to said brain damage) this is a birth complication that devastates many families world wide,
    Shame you couldn’t find another way of describing yourself?
    Unless indeed you do have cerbal palsy and therefor I apologise, take back my previous comment and stand corrected XX

    • Julie
      06/12/2015 at 7:24 am

      Hope you enjoy this for your party. Sorry you found that word offensive. We use it over here all the time when we talk about how all over the place we are. Didn’t realize that was a negative connotation.

  27. Sandy
    03/15/2016 at 8:03 pm

    Wow, this is a must have recipe for the upcoming summer months! This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t believe someone would actually comment negatively on one word you used…..shame on them!

  28. Victoria Just
    05/21/2017 at 12:43 pm

    I have made this and it is delicious. Can you tell me what the nutritional value of the dish is please thanks 😊

    • Julie
      05/22/2017 at 9:45 am

      Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes but mainly it’s because I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

  29. JT
    07/06/2017 at 7:52 pm

    Easy, fast, light and – very – tasty! Split recipe in 2 and thought “way too much” – but I was wrong. Bobby – the husband – really loved it. Thanks so much for a great dinner and almost NO clean up! My kind of weeknight meal. BTW – I used regular balsamic vinegar and it did not turn the salad brown. Maybe that cook used too much?

    • Julie
      07/10/2017 at 10:41 am

      Perhaps that is why! I’m so glad you all loved it!

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