Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing (With Video)

Bring on the spring with this tangy and super-easy crowd pleaser

by Recipe Nomad | Thu, March 02, 2017

Springtime is slowly showing up in Shanghai; so it’s time to put away the heavy crock pots, bake a few less loaves of bread and trade the hot apple cider for a cup of cool and refreshing lemonade. It's also the time of year for potluck.

 

What’s a potluck, you ask? In short, it's a popular American custom when friends and neighbors gather at one person’s house and everyone brings a dish to share. If it’s an especially organized potluck, all even-numbered houses bring something savory while the odd-numbered houses bring a sweet dish. You can also organize the potluck by last name so A-F bring a salad, G-M bring a dessert, N-T bring drinks and U-Z bring plates, cups, silverware and napkins. Now if you aren’t feeling very organized, forget about distributing dish responsibilities and just ask everyone to bring something yummy to share. You may end up with four different cupcakes and only one salad but that’s the fun of a potluck!

 

If you want to bring something easy and delicious, this Greek Pasta Salad with homemade Greek dressing is a winner. Quick, easy and always a crowd pleaser. All you need is a bag of pasta, lots of yummy veggies and chunks of Feta cheese, drizzled with a tangy Greek dressing. Best of all you can make everything the night before. Just don’t add the dressing until you’re ready to serve it or the pasta will be too dry. Enjoy!  

 

Watch how to make it (recipe after the jump):

 

Greek Pasta Salad with Dressing

Ingredients:

1 1b (500g) pasta noodles (rotini noodles work well)

1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

1 English cucumber, diced small   

2 large tomatoes, diced small   

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced small           

1/4 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin          

1 cup (200g) Feta cheese, crumbled                                   

Greek Dressing:

1/4 cup (65ml) olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp (30ml) red wine vinegar                                              

1 clove garlic                               

1 tbsp (15g) Dijon mustard     

1 tsp (5g) fresh chopped parsley (or 1/2 tsp dried parsley)     

1 tsp (5g) fresh chopped oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano)        

Salt and pepper to taste         

Drizzle of honey                                              

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Rinse with ice cold water. Set aside.

2. In a blender, puree all of the ingredients for the dressing. Pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Before serving toss together the pasta, vegetables, cheese and dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. If you are going to make this ahead, only toss the salad in a little bit of dressing, to prevent it from drying out. Right before serving add the remaining cold dressing.

Note: For a juicier pasta salad, double the dressing recipe.

 

希腊意面色拉配希腊酱

配料:

1包(500克)意面(罗蒂尼螺旋意面不错)

1杯卡拉马塔橄榄,去核切半

1根英国黄瓜,切小块  

2只大番茄,切小块                                   

1只绿色灯笼椒,去籽切小块

1/4只红洋葱,切半并切细

1杯(200克)飞达奶酪,磨碎

希腊酱

1/4杯(65毫升)橄榄油

1/2 半只柠檬,榨汁

2茶匙(30毫升)红酒醋

1个大蒜瓣

1茶匙(15克)第戎芥末

1茶匙(5克)新鲜并切碎的欧芹(或者1/2茶匙干欧芹)

1茶匙(5克)新鲜并切碎的牛至(或者1/2茶匙干牛至)

盐和胡椒调味

几滴蜂蜜

做法

1.   按照意面包装上的说明,将意面煮熟. 用冰水冲洗煮熟的意面,置于旁边待用。

2.   将希腊酱的所有原料倒入搅拌机打碎成浓糊状,倒入一个有盖的罐子中,入冰箱冷藏至可直接取出使用。

3.   将意面,蔬菜,奶酪和酱汁混合,并入冰箱冷藏30分钟,然后即可享用。

4.   如需事先准备这道菜,只把一小半色拉酱倒入色拉并混合,以防色拉变干. 在需要享用之前,再将剩余的冷酱汁倒入色拉中。

注意:如果喜欢多汁浓郁的意面色拉,只需将酱汁配方加倍即可。

 

Recipe, story & styling by Hanady Awada (www.recipenomad.com)

Translation by Mandarin King (www.mandarinking.cn)

Photography by Ransom Wingo