Greek Pasta Salad made with gluten free penne pasta mixed with tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, cucumber, and red onion, with my famous greek salad dressing!
Pasta salad is one of my favorite side dishes because you can make it ahead of time and pull it out when you’re ready for dinner. If you’re looking for more great side dishes, check out my Simple Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, Amish Broccoli Salad, and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad!
Greek Pasta Salad Recipe (Gluten Free!)
Greek Pasta Salad is one of my favorite summertime side dish recipes. I always get a ton of compliments when I bring this to a picnic or BBQ, and it goes well with almost anything that comes off of the grill! Plus, I make this with gluten free pasta, but nobody has ever guessed!
Can I make greek pasta salad the night before?
Pasta salad can be made the night before, but make sure you reserve some of the dressing for just before serving, because gluten free pasta has a tendency to dry out in the refrigerator.
How do you keep pasta salad moist?
It’s all about the dressing! Try coating your pasta with oil right after cooking, then keep some extra greek salad dressing on the side to dress the salad right before serving.
How long will pasta salad last?
Pasta salad will last 3-4 days when tightly sealed in the refrigerator. I recommend making some extra servings of my greek salad dressing, just in case the pasta salad dries out, you can add extra dressing as needed.
Greek Pasta Salad Tips & Tricks
- When boiling the gluten free pasta, make sure to only cook it until al dente! The pasta will still cook for a few minutes after it’s drained, and it needs to not be totally cooked all the way to hold up in the salad.
- If you make the pasta ahead of time, drizzle with olive oil until fully coated to keep the pasta from sticking together.
- I like to use penne pasta for pasta salad, because out of all of the gluten free pasta I’ve tried, this shape usually holds up the best.
- Add some salt to the pasta water to season the pasta.
- You can add other veggies if you have them, like sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, or spinach.
- You can add pesto instead of the salad dressing, or just use olive oil, salt, and pepper, along with the other toppings.
What is Greek Salad Dressing made of?
I make my greek salad dressing out of a few simple pantry ingredients, and it goes PERFECTLY with this greek pasta salad! All you have to do is add them to a bottle and shake to mix it together. The oil and vinegar will separate when you leave the dressing on the counter, so you may have to shake it each time you pick it up.
- olive oil
- lemon juice
How long does homemade Greek salad dressing last?
Homemade Greek salad dressing will last for about 2 weeks when refrigerated, so you can make it way ahead of time if you need to. Shake well before using it. Once it’s on the greek pasta salad though, the salad will last for a few days refrigerated.
What goes with greek pasta salad?
- Moonshine Crock Pot Pulled Pork
- Easy London Broil Crock Pot Recipe
- BBQ Slow Cooker Pork Loin
- Baked BBQ Chicken Drumstick Recipe
- Smoked BBQ Ribs & Tangy Spice Rub
Greek Pasta Salad made with gluten free penne pasta mixed with tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, and red onion, with my famous greek salad dressing!
- 1 box gluten free penne
- 3/4 cup greek salad dressing or more as needed
- 1/2 cup green peppers chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 1/2 cup english cucumber chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion chopped
- 1/4 cup carrots shredded
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted, sliced in half
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir together. Add extra greek salad dressing as needed.