Wholesome Inspiration: Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

Wholesome Inspiration: Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

Wholesome Inspiration: Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe


Welcome to the recipe for Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad! This delightful dish takes you on a journey through the flavors of the Mediterranean, combining the freshness of vegetables, the richness of feta cheese, and the zing of a homemade dressing. Whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy lunch, a side dish for a barbecue, or a colorful addition to a potluck, this recipe has you covered.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to bring Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad to life:
– 8 oz of fusilli pasta
– 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1/2 cup of Kalamata olives, pitted
– 1/2 cup of cucumbers, diced
– 1/2 cup of red onion, thinly sliced
– 1/2 cup of feta cheese, crumbled
– 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
– 1/4 cup of fresh basil, sliced into ribbons

For the dressing:
– 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Begin by cooking the fusilli pasta according to package instructions. Once al dente, drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, parsley, and basil.
3. Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the bowl with the vegetables and gently toss to mix.
4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
5. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables, tossing until everything is well coated.
6. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
7. Before serving, give the salad a final toss and adjust the seasoning if needed. Garnish with additional basil if desired.


Can I customize this recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to add grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers for a heartier version.

How long will the leftovers keep?
Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this pasta salad will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

Can I make this salad in advance?
Yes, this salad can be made a day ahead, and the flavors will continue to develop, making it perfect for meal prep or gatherings. Just hold off on adding the fresh herbs until you’re ready to serve.
Wholesome Inspiration: Sam’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

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