Greek Pasta Salad

greek pasta salad

It’s summer time and that means is pasta salad time! The basic reasoning behind that is A. pasta salad can take any and all kind of summer vegetables you have on hand and be perfectly happy and delicious and B. pasta salad is easy as hell and gets even better after a day in the fridge which means it’s the perfect recipe for all us lazy beach bums. Gaw. I WISH I was a lazy beach bum. Instead, I’m a lazy pregnant lady with a constant desire for the sweet, sweet, empty calories of white pasta and bread. Sooo… Greek pasta salad it is today! And tomorrow. And Sunday, if I’m lucky and don’t eat it all before then.

What makes it Greek? Kalamata olives, I guess. And oregano vinaigrette. And feta cheese. And it was served at the first Olympic games*.

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Greek Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces (2 cups dry) rotini pasta
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut to 1" lengths
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup sliced black or kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil with about a teaspoon of salt added. Add pasta and set timer for 2 minutes shy of the minimum recommended cook time.
  2. When the timer goes off, add the green beans and set timer for 2 more minutes. Drain and rinse briefly with cold water. Leave to drain in sink.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Add pasta and green beans and toss to coat in the dressing.
  5. Gently stir in remaining ingredients, adding cheese last. Chill until ready to serve. This keeps well in the fridge up to 48 hours.

*May or may not be true, but I’d wager on “not”. But it’s so yummy! Look at that!

greek pasta salad

Comments

  1. Congratulations Hilah!! I’m so happy for you guys. Your new house is so damn cute, and your dogs are cute, and your belly is cute, and your boobs look amazing! So all in all your life seems pretty awesome right now. I love your show and I’ve made a few of your recipes and they are always a big hit with my wife so…thanks! :)

    • Thank you, Melissa!
      You’re right! My life does seem pretty awesome right now. ;) It’s great to hear from you; so glad you and your wife have enjoyed my recipes. Thanks for writing!

  2. aaaah so happy for you! You are my favorite internet chef and the house is beautiful. Also very interesting how babies are made.

  3. Starting off with the home and the “watermelon.” Mrs. GSF and I are very jazzed about your new bundle and home! Many congrats to Chris & you!

    Next, the recipe. Could you use lemon juice as an alternative acid to the vinegar?

    • Thank you, Mr and Mrs GSF!
      You could try lemon juice, but I think I would prefer the vinegar flavor.

      • FoodJunkie says:

        I was going to ask about the lemon juice too. Lemon instead of or in place of part of the vinegar seems to be quite traditional (based on recipes only as I have never been to Greece) for Greek salads. I think either version might be quite tasty.

        • You’re right. It’s probably just me not able to imagine pasta with lemon. But I guess it works in hot pasta dishes, so why not, right?

  4. Feta Cheese is what makes it Greek to me, I think. I love greek Salads, and as always you come up with the best recipe. Love it.

  5. Chuck Taylor says:

    I am totally going to try this today! Been looking for a pasta salad just like this for a minute. Thanks Hilah you sexxxy preggo you!

  6. Terry Beadle says:

    I enjoyed the house tour …. but I’m a detail guy. Could you post what kind of stove you’ve got now? I liked the way it seems easy to time cooking etc.

    Well, I guess because this is a rent house you may want to wait until you move into your new house when ever that maybe.

    By the way, congratulations re the pending crumb snatcher.

    Best wishes !

    • Hey Terry!
      It’s a Kitchenaid and it’s marvelous. So far, I love it.
      Also, something I found interesting and surprising: this is the first house I’ve lived in that had a name-brand garbage disposal — Insinkerator — and holy cow, what a difference in noise level! It’s so quiet compared to all others I’ve seen.
      I do need to figure out some kind of compost system, though. Can’t (and don’t want to) throw all our scraps away like that.

  7. Harold McGee of the New York Times did an experiment a few years ago on how little water you can use to cook pasta. He had some interesting views that Italian über-chef Lydia Bastianich didn’t completely buy. I live in an area that rarely has water shortages, so I (ashamed face) use as much water as the dried pasta box recommends. (An example.) Next time I boil pasta, I’ll try cutting back, using your directions.

  8. Congrats!!! So happy to see your big belly! I’ve watching your show for 3 yrs. I started watching your show in Japan and then I moved to States now. I feel your life is changing and my life is changing…happier and happier!

    I just want to say I am happy for you. Take care!

    P.S. My husband has loooooooves my Tex Mex Chili (your recipe) I made since when we were dating. I think that was one of the reason he fell in love with me…

    Oh! One more thing. Don’t change your “wildness” even you become a MOTHER!

    • Hi Ayumi!
      Thank you so much for writing. I’m honored to be a part of your journey! So happy for your happiness, too. :) XOXOXO

  9. Made this today for my family and it was a hit! Everyone commented that they’d never had pasta salad with green beans and what a great idea it was. I’ll definitely be making this again soon! Thank you!

  10. John Clulow says:

    We’ve made this four times now and we love it.

  11. Hi Hilah,

    I needed something to watch while I flossed my teeth so I popped this bad boy on. Of course you are as sweet and charming as ever! Cool pad, perfect for starting a new family. And congratulations on that lil guy, have you thought about naming him “Water Melon Johnson”?

    I have to say, while the new place is super cozy and awesome, I do think your old orange kitchen had real character. Always reminded me of some 1970s retro-style kitchen, but somehow it worked. Anyways, love the new kitchen too.

    Good luck to you and Chris! He’s a lucky guy! But i’m sure he knows that ;-)

  12. I have to say, this was by far the most devoured dish at our 4th of July shindig. Very much a quick and easy summer dish. ..and bravo for the water conservation techniques.

    However..the old kitchen will be sadly missed. Oddly enough those counters and dark cabinets were exactly like the ones on my kitchen built in 1971. Renovations changed all that in 1999.

    We always look foward to firing up the computers here at work and gathering a crowd making new fans of “Hilah”

    All the best with you expanding family, and thanks again for making smiles and great eats.

    Bill

  13. Rachael Macry says:

    Is this where you made the announcement??? I didn’t click on the recipe cuz I don’t care for any kind of cold pasta.. see what I missed! Haha!

    Warmed and fuzziest of congrats! Babies are my most favorite things evarrrrrrrrr

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