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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

by Dana Bean, RD
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Tangy and flavorful tortellini pasta salad with feta and Mediterranean veggies, this recipe will become a favorite for quick meals and delicious sides!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

Tangy tortellini pasta salad with tons of flavor!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Keyword: main dish, pasta salad, salad, side

Ingredients

  • 20 oz cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups english cucumber diced (sliced and quartered) about 1 cucumber
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes sliced and halved
  • 6.5 oz marinated artichoke hearts diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup kalmata olives halved
  • 1/3 red onion diced (about 3/4 cup)

Dressing

  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard optional
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  • Cook tortellini according to directions on package and let cool
  • Prep and chop the rest of the salad ingredients and add to large bowl
  • Mix all dressing ingredients in small bowl and whisk
  • Add cooled tortellini and dressing to bowl. Mix and serve

Something I love about this Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Want it as a side for a BBQ? check! Quick and easy dinner? Oh yes! Leftovers for meal prep? You know it!

This one is easy. It’s ready to go!

You can use as is, or if you’d like to add more protein, you could add some cooked chicken or a can of rinsed chickpeas!

Mediterranean pasta salad top view

I love using this recipe for leftovers. It’s such a delicious lunch for the next day! Because of the tomatoes and cucumbers though, it may get a bit soggy after a few days. I would say it’s best used within 2-3 days of making. This is usually not a problem, though, since it gets eaten before then!

This meal is packed with flavor, color, and nutrients! We have our fiber (veggies), fat (dressing), carbs (pasta), and some protein (feta and cheese in tortellini – though you can add to this if you’d like as stated above). It’s a pretty balanced meal all in one. These can be my favorite types of meals, especially for quick dinners or easy lunches! That way we don’t have to worry as much about what to pair it with. And less dishes is always a win in my book!

Mediterranean pasta salad recipe side top view

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