Do you love pasta salad in the summer? This Greek Pasta Salad is by far, one of my favorite side dishes for grilled chicken or burgers in the summer. In fact, it is adapted from one that has been around for years. I first had something similar to this at a church potluck when I was 14 years old. I remember the pastor's wife making this, and knowing it would always be a favorite.
Greek Pasta Salad
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Admittedly, this recipe is a bit of a stretch on being Greek, but it has enough Greek flavor for me to accept that name. You could easily make a homemade salad dressing to go on this, but I personally prefer to just grab my favorite low-fat or fat-free Italian dressing. When you are in a hurry, that is the easy way to go.
If you really want to eliminate some extra SmartPoints and calories, you may be interested in Walden Farms Italian Dressing. I don't care for it personally, but many Weight Watchers friends love it. I typically by Tessemae or Newman's Own. I use whatever rotini pasta is available in an organic or extra veggie blend, but you can use any pasta - even gluten free options.
Ingredients for Greek Pasta Salad
1 box Tri-Colored Rotini Pasta
1 cup fat-free Italian Salad Dressing
½ cup sliced black olives
1 large cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
⅓ cup pepper rings (banana pepper) diced
1 cup diced bell peppers (mix red, orange, green)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Directions for Greek Pasta Salad
Cook pasta according to package directions or until al dente. Remove from stove, drain, and set aside.
Dice cucumber, tomato, pepper rings, bell peppers, and olives.
Mix together in large bowl with pasta, veggies, and Italian dressing until well combined.
Add in Parmesan cheese and mix.
Chill for at least one hour, bur preferably overnight. Before serving, mix well again to distribute dressing, cheese, and veggies.
- 1 box Tri-Colored Rotini Pasta
- 1 cup fat-free Italian Salad Dressing
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- 1 large cucumber, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- ⅓ cup pepper rings (banana pepper) diced
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (mix red, orange, green)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Cook pasta according to package directions or until al dente. Remove from stove, drain, and set aside.
- Dice cucumber, tomato, pepper rings, bell peppers, and olives.
- Mix together in large bowl with pasta, veggies, and Italian dressing until well combined.
- Add in Parmesan cheese and mix.
- Chill for at least one hour, bur preferably overnight. Before serving, mix well again to distribute dressing, cheese, and veggies.
Makes approximately 8 cups (maybe slightly less depending on amount of vegetables)
1 cup = 1 serving
7 SmartPoints per 1 cup serving
I calculate the SmartPoints on this recipe within the Weight Watchers dashboard. I am currently on the plan, so it is easy for me to get an accurate SmartPoints count. If you prefer, you can use the Weight Watchers SmartPoints Calculator as an option for using the plan without paying a monthly fee. I highly recommend the plan for healthy weight loss.
Weekend picnics, BBQ's, or get together as are always a favorite in our family. I grew up with pasta salad making an appearance on a regular basis, so this Greek Pasta Salad recipe is definitely one we will love having over and over again. For best flavor, I recommend you allow it to chill completely and mix well to make sure all pasta is coated before serving.