Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pasta salad is a big part of my meal prep rotation. It’s something we eat year round because I have the muscle memory to buy all of the ingredients at the grocery store every few weeks. Also, it’s PASTA SALAD. It’s salad that is PASTA BASED. How can you not like that??

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pasta salad is part of my rotation because it can easily be fortified. Throw some on a bed of arugula and you’re golden. Add fresh tomatoes and chopped cucumbers and you’ve got yourself a little Greek feast. Heck, I even threw some avocado in there today for lunch because WHY NOT??

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Really, the tang of the vinegar, the green of the pesto and the sharp salty bites of the feta and olives will keep your attention. That is until you finally tell yourself to have some DANG self-control. Meditteranean Pasta Salad is coming to a picnic table near you!

Meditteranean Pasta Salad is coming to a picnic table near you!

Let’s gather ingredients:

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

All of this stuff can be bought at Trader Joe’s (great if you’re watching your wallet!)

Boom!

Don’t look hard or else you’ll see that I didn’t have the jar on all the way on the olives.

OOPS. OLIVE JUICE.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

A little chop therapy action.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pasta is cooked, drained, rinsed in cold water.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pesto mixed in.

The reason why I like using pesto in here is that it gives it a good herby depth.

I love how it coats the pasta. It elevates the pasta salad and reminds me of the salad my parents used to get when they were entertaining company when I was a kid so I am QUITE nostalgic for it. Try it; you’ll like it.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Mmmmhmmmm.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Oh yeah baby.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Followed by feta and vinegar.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

That’s right.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

The thing about pasta salads is that they get better with age.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Which is why I like them part of our Meal prep rotation.

I can add things like arugula…

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

OR:

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Perfect situation if you have weekday lunches to make for work.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Brighten up with an extra splash of vinegar or lemon juice and look at you!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

You’re eating a salad!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a weekly staple. Perfect for work lunches paired with extra greens. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

And making it through the week!

 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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serves 4

  • 1 lb. farfalle pasta
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 12 oz. jar marinated artichokes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions. Rinse in cold water and set aside.  In a large bowl, toss pasta with pesto to coat evenly. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and feta. Stir in red wine vinegar and season with salt & pepper to taste. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving, to let the flavors develop.

 

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  • Cristina

    This looks amazing, Tracy! ….but, after all, all your recipes are amazing – they look mouthwatering and taste grate! I’ve made the Italian pressed sandwiches for my son’s birthday and everybody wanted the recipe! I’ve made the hippy banana bread and it was gone in two days! This week end, we’ll go camping and guess what I’ll make for lunch?!? YES!!! This pasta salad!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Tracy!

  • Erin@WellPlated

    Pasta salad is DEFINITELY year-round material, but I especially love it now with so much summer freshness to add in. This looks lovely Tracy!

  • Ruth

    Yum! I would also totally throw in some chickpeas!

  • Rosemarie

    I’ve been making pasta salad more often recently. I also love that you can add a few spoonfuls to a salad, or add in some tuna fish for a protein kick!

  • Michelle

    When I first glanced at this and I thought the base was just pasta with pesto sauce I was thinking: yeah, I might make this. But then when I saw that you add red wine vinegar I was like: OH YES, I AM ON BOARD NOW. I want my pasta salad to have zing!

  • Emily

    Thanks, Tracy, this looks really great! It actually looks similar to a pasta salad I really enjoy making, but that requires making a salad dressing. Not difficult at all, but using prepared pesto and vinegar would be even faster. I love the idea of adding it to a bed of greens, too. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Tracy

      Yes! I’m all about streamlining the process. Let’s make things easier on ourselves :)

  • Amber

    I made this and substituted the feta for parmesan, added tons of red pepper flakes & serve it with arugula. It’s SO good and I’ve been eating it for my lunches at work!

  • Maria

    Just finished making this for our 4th of July BBQ. Love the flavors and it has all my favorite ingredients. I did add chickpeas too as someone else suggested! Thanks.

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