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Celebrate summer with a Greek pasta salad

Debbie Arnold with Dining with Debbie shares a recipe for a simple yet delicious Greek pasta salad.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Every summer barbeque needs a delicious side dish and this pasta salad is sure to be the star of your next cookout.

Summer is here, and what goes better with summer than a pasta salad?

This Greek pasta salad is such a quick and easy dish to make. If desired, add deli chicken or cooked shrimp to make it even heartier. It can be prepared with just a simple olive oil-red wine vinaigrette, a commercial Greek dressing or with Debbie's favorite, Pete’s Famous Greek Salad Dressing, sold at the Greek Food Festival.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box farfalle (fusilli, rotini, conchiglie) pasta, cooked and drained*
  • 1-2  14-ounce cans marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 4-6 ounce jar sliced Kalamata olives, drained
  • 6 green onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced into thin strips,
  • 1 -2 small cucumbers, chopped
  • 6-8 medium radishes, thinly sliced, optional
  • 5 ounces feta cheese crumbles (about 5 oz.)
  • 12-16 ounces Greek vinaigrette dressing of choice (12-16 oz. bottle)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1 cup (or more) fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Chopped chicken, grilled shrimp or grilled salmon, if desired
  • Garnish: thinly sliced fresh mint or pepperoncini

Directions:

1. Cook pasta until al dente or more if you prefer a softer noodle. Drain and cool. Pour a little salad dressing over the pasta and toss to absorb.

2. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl.

3. Toss with the cooled pasta. Chill and enjoy! The flavor improves if made ahead.

*Note: This is equally good prepared with quinoa in place of the pasta.

For more recipes from Debbie Arnold, visit https://diningwithdebbie.net/ and follow Debbie on Facebook and Instagram.