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The Absolute BEST Greek Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free Options)

The BEST Greek Pasta Salad is made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a super secret homemade dressing! Great for parties, BBQs, or potlucks.

What makes this pasta salad different and so life altering from the rest?  THE DRESSING!   Its homemade.  I’ve always used bottled dressings in the past and never thought much of it (which is silly because I make homemade dressing for my salads, so why not pasta?) but I didn’t have any Greek dressing on hand so I made one from scratch.  It makes ALL the difference in the world, I can’t even describe.  The fresh garlic, the vinegar, the herbs, the GOOD olive oil that we buy in Canada… I can’t believe that I hadn’t thought of making my own dressing sooner!

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This best Greek pasta salad is A+ and so good as a side dish, to bring to a potluck, or just for lunch.  I made it ahead of time for our 4th of July BBQ… and was actually tempted to hide it in our other fridge and not even share it for guests.  But I relented, and it was a huge hit!  I made it 2 days in advance, which gave the pasta salad just enough time for the flavors to marinate before serving.  I make a huge batch of pasta salad every other week for our lunches, and I have a feeling this will be my new Go-To recipe for Sunday night meal prep!

This Greek Pasta Salad is:

  • Refreshing
  • Tangy
  • Bursting with flavor
  • Healthy
  • Loaded with fresh vegetables
  • Can be vegan or gluten free
  • A HUGE crowd-pleaser
  • Great for BBQs, parties, or potlucks

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How to Make the Absolute BEST Greek Pasta Salad

  1. In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the spinach, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and parsley.  Add the drained and cooled pasta to the vegetables in the mixing bowl.
  3. In a pint sized mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients and shake for 30 seconds to mix.
  4. Toss dressing in with pasta and vegetables, and stir to coat.
  5. Chill pasta salad in refrigerator (overnight if possible to let the flavors set) and serve!

Dietary Modifications

This pasta salad is super easy to vegan-ize!  Just skip the feta cheese, and add nooch instead.

For a gluten free option, use a orzo or other shape of pasta that is GF and not made from wheat.

vegan gluten free pasta salad

vegan gluten free pasta salad

The BEST Greek Pasta Salad is made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a super secret homemade dressing! Great for parties, BBQs, or potlucks.
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb 16 ounce box orzo pasta
  • 4 cups spinach chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese or Tofu Feta if making vegan!
  • Homemade Greek Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 large cloves of garlic pressed
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the spinach, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and parsley.  Add the drained and cooled pasta to the vegetables in the mixing bowl.
  • In a pint sized mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients and shake for 30 seconds to mix.
  • Toss dressing in with pasta and vegetables, and stir to coat.
  • Chill pasta salad in refrigerator (overnight if possible to let the flavors set) and serve!
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