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Greek Pasta Salad

greek pasta salad

I think I am finally feeling caught up after my busy weekend.  I have groceries in the house, laundry is caught up (well, I could do another load now), the floor is vacuumed, and my kitchen is in good shape.  We have had doctors appointments this week, football practice, and a big report my 1st grader has been working on.  Needless to say, I am ready for the weekend!  Too bad it is only Thursday :(

Remember  awhile ago when I made that Greek Vinaigrette dressing?  This is one of the things I did with it.  It was so good.  I marinated the chicken in some of the dressing, and then I grilled it.  Then I used the vinaigrette again as the dressing for the pasta salad.  I ate this hot and the leftovers cold, it was great both ways.  It was supposed to have black olives in it.  I even had them out on the counter, but forgot to put them in!  I do not like Feta, but if you do, it would be a great addition and make this even more Greek. As for the avocados….I have no idea if they are Greek.  I just like them, so I put them in.

This would be a great side dish for your summer barbeque or to bring to a pot luck.  I would just leave out the meat, and it would be equally delicious!


Greek Pasta Salad
 
Serves: 4
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Pasta with a Greek Vinaigrette. Great for summer barbeques, or a pot-luck.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound short-cut pasta
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (I just diced what I had on hand)
  • ½ cup black olives
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • Feta (optional)
  • Greek Vinaigrette (recipe here)
Instructions
  1. In a resealable plastic storage bag place chicken and 3 Tbls of vinaigrette. Let marinade for 20-30 minutes. Not any longer, because there is so much lemon it will start to break down the chicken.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken for about 6 minutes a side, until fully cooked. Dice chicken and set aside.
  3. Boil water to cook pasta as directed on the box. Chop the veggies, and place in a large bowl. Drain pasta well, and add to veggies. Toss in the cooked chicken. Add about ¼ cup of vinaigrette. Stir until well coated. You can add more vinaigrette if needed. Top with Feta cheese if desired.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of greek flavours like the ones in this salad, it looks really tasty!

  2. I’m SO in the mood for fresh things like this lately. Last night, I practically settled on just veggies for dinner! Delish!

  3. this sounds delicious! i adore pasta salad in all forms, + this one looks just wonderful.

  4. Love this salad!! I really really like how you can eat this hot or cold. And that Greek vinaigrette…delicious!!!

  5. Wicked! Perfect spring time pasta! Plus it reminds me of lounging around Greek beaches…LOL!

  6. I know what you mean – time feels like it’s just flying by lately! Too many projects and field days, and work… I’m ready for a vacation!

  7. I am having really busy week too – with several doctor appointments and unexpected errands etc…and I haven’t caught up my house chores YET! I better finish it in two days, otherwise weekend is no fun. ;-) Very nice spring/summer kind of salad! I love feta cheese~~~!

  8. A really refreshing pasta salad! Thank you for sharing this – it’s on the menu this weekend! Allen.

  9. Sounds wonderful, and how interesting to use avocado in this!

  10. I love Greek Flavors. As a matter of fact I’m dreaming of incorporating the Greek Flavors into a loaf of bread. Still lots of twisting, but I can’t wait for it to turn out as I dream.
    Chin up, weekend is right around the corner

  11. Simple and yummy, I love it! Since you posted the Greek Vinaigrette, I have had greek salad on the brain!! I have to make this soon! Your dish looks delicious!

  12. I love homemade dressings and I remember that Greek one that you made a few weeks ago. This is right up my alley, Erin!

  13. I love greek pasta so much, this looks so yummy! Great for a picnic!

  14. What a versatile dish. I love that you can do hot or cold.

  15. Don’t mind a bite of this at all :D
    Looks fantastic!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  16. MMMMmmmm. This is
    L O V E L Y. <3

  17. I like the ingredients that you put it. I love avocado too. Looks like a weekday pasta salad. Thanks!

  18. Goodness… we posted the same dish today!! LOL! How funny is that. :) I love your version.. I forgot to add tomatoes into mine.

  19. I love those big chunky veggies!

  20. Oh, this looks outstanding, Erin! I love all these flavors and would even add some Feta like you mentioned. You and Ramona have put me in the mood for Greek pasta salad :)

  21. This looks delicious, Erin – perfect to go with your Greek vinaigrette!

  22. Oh dang this looks so refreshing. I’m dreaming of picnics now!

  23. Love anything Greek! Went to Greece and Islands years ago and loved it. This brings back fond memories! Will be pinning shortly.

  24. Looks yummy, Erin! Between you and Ramona, I’ll be in Greek Pasta Salad Heaven for a while hehe.

  25. I LOVE multipurpose recipes. Plus, one that’s good warm and cold? You’ve got a winner!

  26. Can you come catch up on my laundry? I’ll give you baked goods in return. This is a wonderful pasta salad recipe Erin. I love how pretty it looks. The avocado is a nice touch. Love it.

  27. Fantastic salad to take to a BBQ or potluck, I know the chicken was great marinated and grilled too. I’ve got to try this out , thanks Erin :)

  28. Great idea to use the dressing as a marinade and don’t feel bad about forgetting the olives–I do stuff like that all the time, LOL! Your salad looks beautiful and tasty even without them. :)

  29. Greek and pasta salad! Sounds pretty great to me! :)

  30. I thought when you made the dressing that it would work well for pasta salad! This looks perfect for summer time!

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