Greek Lemon Pasta Salad

This is a quick to put together dish and, while I’ve included a recipe, you can toss just about anything in. Use your favorite veggies, swap out the cheese or even replace the sliced salami with diced chicken breast. You can even replace the salad dressing with your favorite kind. No matter what you use you’ll have a hard time creating a bad pasta salad.

Greek Lemon Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Greek Lemon Pasta Salad
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of pasta, cooked
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 4 ounces shredded carrot
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ of a 8 ounce jar of Kalamata olives, sliced in half or quartered
  • 4 ounces mini mozzarella balls
  • 4 to 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 to 6 ounces salami, cut into thin slices
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package, drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta, cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, onion, mozzarella balls, feta cheese and salami.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, shallot, garlic and honey.
  4. Pour dressing over pasta blend and mix until combined.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Tips: use whole wheat pasta for extra fiber. Try adding sliced tomatoes, jarred roasted red peppers, some thinly sliced fresh spinach leaves, cubes of roasted squash or sweet potatoes, small broccoli florets or any other favorite vegetables. Replace the sliced salami with diced chicken breast for an added boost of protein.

WLS Tip: while this recipe was originally intended to be a main dish it’s best as a side dish for us. Serve with your favorite protein. My favorite is baked boneless chicken thighs that have been marinated in some of the dressing mix before being baked.

Got a favorite pasta salad dish? Why not leave a comment below as well as a link.

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