Greek Summer Pasta

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Greek Pasta Salad is always the most asked for picnic item on the menu all summer long.


A light lemon dressing, garden farmers market fresh vegetables, kalamata olives, fresh mint, and that favorite pasta you adore make up this easy-to-make summer salad.


You can even add some grilled chicken or sliced lamb on top for a whole meal and a perfect weekend meal.


We love pasta of all kinds but to keep that waistline summer body, we prefer to use a low carb, wheat, or gluten-free pasta and make a healthier version.


The salad dressing on this pasta is super easy to make and has an authentic Greek flavor.


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this is a Greek pasta salad made with low carb pasta and greek salad homemade dressing







Summer Salad



Summer salads are the best, they can be served warm or cold and still taste great.


I prefer to serve ours at room temperature and always bring the feta cheese to a barbecue outdoor picnic on ice and add it last for safety concerns.


The lighter pasta salads like this one stay great for hours and anything you may be grilling can be added on top and this will make a whole meal instead of just a side dish.br />

The best thing about this Greek summer pasta salad is you can feed a large crowd with this and it's so easy and quick to make.



olive oil salt pepper and fresh garlic in the photo



Ingredients For Greek Summer Pasta


  • pasta any kind you prefer regular or low carb cooked and drained reserving a little pasta water to keep warm while you cut the vegetables
  • homemade greek dressing
  • Plum tomatoes cubed or grape tomatoes
  • honey
  • feta cheese
  • Salt, pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh mint
  • Cloves finely minced garlic
  • Salt and black pepper 
  • chopped bell peppers, Kalamata sliced olives, cucumbers,



this is a dish of fresh cut up garden vegetables for a Greek Salad



Vegetable Additions

  • Vegetable Options:
  •  chickpeas
  • artichokes heart sliced
  • hearts of palm sliced 
  • diced yellow beets 
  • sliced radishes
  • chopped celery
  • white cooked beans
  • green cut beans
  • sliced mushrooms
  •  arugula, or spinach leaves
  • chopped cauliflower
  • any kind of olives whole or sliced



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Watermelon Salad

Beet Salad

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Greek pasta salad made with low carb pasta and greek salad homemade dressing



Pasta Suggestions



Vegetable-made pasta like spinach or other colors made a great-looking pasta salad for this dish.


For a lower-calorie, try low-carb pasta and healthier store-bought styles.


If you want to eliminate carbs altogether, substitute zucchini zoodles for the pasta.



Greek Summer Pasta

Greek Summer Pasta

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
This is a light and delicious lemony Greek Pasta Salad and perfect for the warm summer days with fresh garden vegetables and Greek dressing.

Ingredients

  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon of pure honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano 
  • salt and pepper to taste (I use around 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper)
  • Pasta Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces of your favorite pasta  ( we use low carb, wheat, or gluten-free) 
  • 1/2 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
  •  1/3 cup red onion, diced 
  • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 cups seedless cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of halved rosa plum tomatoes or sweet grape tomatoes, cut in halves 
  • 2 or 3 pepperoncini or another kind of pepper you prefer 
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Garnishes: mint leaves, more feta cheese, wedges of lemon for drizzling
  • Optional: sliced grilled chicken breast, grilled lamb sliced, 
  • Vegetable Options: chickpeas, artichokes heart sliced, hearts of palm sliced, diced yellow beets, sliced radishes, chopped celery, white cooked beans, green cut beans, sliced mushrooms, arugula, or spinach leaves, chopped cauliflower, any kind of olives whole or sliced,

Instructions

  1. In a large pasta pan filled with salted water cook your favorite pasta to package directions, drain and leave a little pasta water around 1/4 of a cup) in the pan so they don't stick.
  2. Note: pasta with the additional water will not be drained for this recipe.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients and set them aside.
  4. Diced the cucumber, tomato halves, diced onion, and place them in a large enough bowl with the pasta.
  5. Drizzle the Greek dressing over this pasta salad mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Add the feta cheese on top just before serving.
  7. Note: Sliced grilled chicken breast or grilled lamb can be placed on top of the pasta,  add more mint leaves and cheese, and garnish with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

503.09

Fat (grams)

27.94

Sat. Fat (grams)

7.02

Carbs (grams)

41.57

Fiber (grams)

5.02

Net carbs

36.55

Sugar (grams)

5.95

Protein (grams)

23.00

Sodium (milligrams)

961.46

Cholesterol (grams)

64.29
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1 comment

  1. What a delicious pasta! So many fabulous flavors and perfect for a quick summer meal!

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