Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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This incredibly easy Mediterranean pasta salad recipe combines simple ingredients like diced tomatoes, olives, capers, fresh garlic and to create big flavor.

About This EASY Pasta Salad Recipe

This easy pasta salad is unique because you can enjoy it both hot and cold! It works great as a pasta salad for lunch at home or on the go. It’s also perfect as a buffet salad for parties, barbecues, and potlucks.

This salad is unique because hot or cold it is equally enjoyable.

It’s the kind of salad/pasta recipe that fully unfolds its flavors if you keep it stored overnight.

Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Ingredients for this Easy Pasta Salad

How To Make Mediterranean Pasta Salad

  1. Lightly chop the tomatoes (or buy diced tomatoes), and slice the kalamata olives.
  2. Use a large dish to combine the can of diced tomatoes (with the tomato sauce), olives, capers, garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. Allow the ingredients to sit for about 30 minutes, so the flavors get a chance to marinate.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  4. Add the pasta to the sauce and make sure the pasta is well coated.

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Tips To Make This Recipe

Technically speaking this recipe is a hybrid between a hot pasta dish or a cold pasta salad. Yes, you can serve this easy salad both hot and cold. It’s perfect as both a main and as a side dish.

Generally, it’s best to prep this salad a day before serving. This allows the flavors to thoroughly infuse the pasta.

Tips for Serving This Salad

When you are ready to serve this Mediterranean pasta salad, remove it from the fridge and allow it to sit until it rises to room temperature.

Alternatively, you can reheat the pasta dish either on the stove or in the microwave and serve it hot. It works both ways.

If you are serving this easy pasta salad for a crowd, you’ll probably want to reduce the number of garlic cloves from three to one.

Tips For Cooking The Pasta

When you are cooking the pasta, bring the cold water to a boil first. After that add a bit of oil to the water and about a tablespoon of salt. Especially for pasta salads, I recommend cooking the pasta al dente.

Ideas for Additional Toppings

One of the great things about making this salad is that you can easily add or substitute ingredients. All of these ingredients will work great with this recipe:

  • artichoke hearts
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • salami
  • roasted salmon
  • shrimp
  • grilled chicken
  • roasted vegetables
Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

You can serve this Mediterranean Pasta Salad hot or cold.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pasta salad
SERVINGS: 6 people
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • Combine tomatoes, sliced olives, capers, minced garlic, olive oil, and crushed red pepper flakes into large pasta or salad bowl. Allow the sauce to rest for about 15-30 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and coat well. Serve and enjoy.



Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Updated: November 20, 2019

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