Greek Pasta Salad

 

 

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I can’t sit here and tell you that I have no idea why I love to Greek-ify things. I’ve already told you about my midnight boat experience between Italy and Greece, and the indelible moment that created in my life. More than that, it was Igoumenitsa, a port in Greece, where I realized how important food was to me.

I was broke, I’d worked three jobs for two semesters of my senior year of college to save enough money to send myself on a poorly researched trip through Europe, and I was short on cash. But even with the dwindling funds I decided to spend a the last bit of cash I had on a small piece of Baklava because I figured it was the last time I would ever have the chance to eat such an iconic Greek dessert in Greece.

It’s these little stories you collect over your life that give me no regrets of being firmly inside my thirties. I’ve done well, I suppose, on collecting stories over the past decade. If there is nothing else you do with your life, collect stories you’re proud to dazzle a crowd with over a glass of wine. It makes growing up so worth it.

 

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Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ditalini pasta
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and dice ( about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • 2 tbs dill, minced
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, ripe but firm
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Add to a large bowl, allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
http://domesticfits.com/2013/08/01/greek-pasta-salad/

 

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16 Responses to Greek Pasta Salad

  1. Tieghan August 1, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    I love any and all greek food and actually just made 2 new greek dishes. This means I have some leftover dill just waiting to be made into this. Yay!

  2. Kelly August 1, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    This looks incredible! Love that you used Greek yogurt instead of mayo! :)

    • Jackie August 1, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      I loath store bought mayo! I also sub in sour cream or Greek yogurt instead.

  3. addie | culicurious August 1, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    This looks delicious and is very budget friendly. Win/win! :)

  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I love that you had a chance to make it out there. And this pasta salad – yes please! I don’t “Greek-ify” much things at home but I’m sure that’ll change very soon!

  5. Des August 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    I’ve been using Greek yogurt so much more since I discovered I can buy it at Costco :) I’ve been subbing it for mayo in many things, love love love that you can do it in this salad. It makes it things much lighter!

  6. Anna (Hidden Ponies) August 2, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Ok, seriously wonderful writing. Some of my favourite experiences are the most random, with the least money involved. This pasta salad looks like a perfect alternative to my typical macaroni and caesar versions, must try!

  7. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    We are huge fans of Greek food. This pasta salad looks too great not to give it a try. Especially with the Greek yogurt involved.

  8. Valerie August 7, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Nothing compares to being young and broke in Europe – it should be mandatory. : )
    This salad is beautiful – I could live on olives, feta, and pasta.

  9. Heather August 9, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Jackie,

    From the pictures, it looks like you included red pepper as well, but I don’t see it listed in the recipe?

    • Jackie August 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Nope, those are tomatoes. But roasted red peppers sound great! :)

  10. Christy August 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Found this enticing recipe on Pinterest today and tried it out for our bbq. Everyone loved it! One of the best pasta recipes I have come across in a while. So delicious!!!

    • Jackie August 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Great! Thank you so much :)

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