Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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    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!


    5 from 3 votes

    Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    This chilled Mediterranean pasta salad comes together in no time! 
    Prep Time: 4 hrs
    Total Time: 4 hrs
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8 -10
    Calories: 345kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box then drain well and place in a large bowl.
    • Add the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta, and hard salami on top.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour over pasta mixture and toss well to coat.
    • Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (I did 6 hours).
    • Serve chilled.


    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.
    Nutrition Facts
    Mediterranean Pasta Salad
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 345 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 10g20%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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?

  • Tieghan says:

    I adore these flavors!! Perfect pasta salad!

  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Amanda says:

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

    Love this colorful salad :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    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.

  • Maria says:

    Perfect pasta salad!

  • Naomi says:

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

  • cheri says:

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

  • Julie @ HostessAtHeart says:

    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!

  • Shaina says:

    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!

  • Jenn P says:

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

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

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

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

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

  • Gaby says:

    This is my kind of pasta salad – so delicious!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read says:

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

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

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

  • mimi says:

    Some of my favorite flavors in one salad! Fantastic!

  • marla says:

    Oh how I need this for lunch today!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

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

  • Meredith says:

    Looks amazing! I need to try this one soon!

  • Shantel says:

    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 says:

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

  • SherryB says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Simone says:

    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 says:

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

  • Vaishnavi says:

    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 says:

      Glad you and your guests enjoyed this!

  • Alison says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Sandy says:

    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!

  • Victoria Just says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • JT says:

    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 says:

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

  • Dee Almond says:

    The pasta salad looks delicious

  • Ronnie says:

    What is the nutritional value of this recipe? I plan on making it tomorrow… looking forward to it, sounds delicious.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hi, some recipes on my site don’t have nutritional information yet; working on it. In the meantime, please use Google and one of the many nutrition calculators out there.

  • Mary says:

    Excellent pasta salad! Never made pasta salad before and I found it quite simple and everyone loved it.

  • george says:

    Can this be made as a prep meal? If so, how long can it stay in the fridge/

  • george says:

    Can this be used as a meal prep> If so, how many days in the fridge an it stay.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yep, you totally could. I would say up to 5 days

      • george says:

        Great. Will make next week for meal prep. Thanks.

  • george says:

    Excellent recipe but make sure you adjust the servings counter. I love this recipe and it has a great flavor. I made it as a meal prep for lunches for 4 days. Being a disabled Vietnam Vet with multiple health issues I cannot use the salami. Did not discover that until day 3. Next time I will use chicken or salmon.

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