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The Best Healthy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe | Veggie-loaded Mediterranean Style

This healthy Greek pasta salad recipe makes enough to serve a crowd! Bring it to a cookout as a side dish, or great for meal prepping. Top with your favorite meat for a complete meal!

Is there any side dish more perfect for a summer dinner than a pasta salad?


Pasta salads came onto my radar in the 80s.

Or maybe the 90s?

It’s all a little fuzzy, but it was a long time ago!

Either way, whenever it was that I discovered this thing called “pasta salad,” it was love at first bite.

I mean, pasta, cheese, veggies, and a tangy dressing?

Just go ahead and fill up my plate.

No need to add anything else!

Well, maybe some grilled meat.

When I started following a healthier lifestyle back in 2016 I was afraid that my beloved pasta salad would be a thing of the past…

Bowl filled with a healthy Greek pasta salad with lots of fresh vegetables

Fortunately for me, I was wrong!

There are lots of ways to keep pasta salad on the menu, all year long.

Although I never seem to crave it when it’s cold out.

Why is that?

For me, a healthy pasta salad is definitely a summer kind of recipe.

It’s the perfect thing to bring a backyard BBQ dinner party.

But if you love pasta salad any old time of year, this is the recipe for you!

Bowl filled with a Dreamfields Greek pasta salad with lots of fresh vegetables

This Greek pasta salad recipe features tons of fresh veggies, some salty feta cheese, and kalamata olives, dressed with a fresh, bright, authentic Greek salad dressing.

Have I mentioned it’s pretty low-fat too?

And really not that high in carbs!

This is truly one of the healthiest pasta salad recipes I’ve ever seen.

Not to mention it’s easy to tweak.

Of course, those tweaks may change the nutrition a little.

So figure out what’s important to you: low carbs or low fat and tweak away!

More Ways to Serve Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Bowl filled with a low fat Greek pasta salad with lots of fresh vegetables

I think it goes without saying that a pasta salad is an amazing side dish.

This Mediterranean-style pasta salad features spinach, olive oil, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and lots of heart-healthy veggies.

But there are other ways to enjoy pasta salad!

One of my favorites is to start with a big bed of lettuce or baby spinach.

Then add a nice scoop of healthy pasta salad.

And then cut up some grilled chicken, or grilled shrimp, or maybe some fish to go on top.

Now you’ve got a full on meal!

Talk about a healthy lunch.

Or dinner.

What Kind of Pasta Should I Use for a Healthy Pasta Salad?

You have a few options for healthier pasta.

Of course, this salad works with any old kind of pasta you want!

But let’s take a look at some healthier options.

Stainless steel pot of water on a gas stove to boil pasta

If you’re looking for a low carb pasta, Dreamfields pasta is a good option.

Apparently, it’s got some kind of magical coating that affects how your body digests it so your blood sugar doesn’t spike?

For some people.

There’s also Carbanada pasta that has been shown to prevent blood sugar spikes.

If you follow Trim Healthy Mama like me, you don’t mind pasta options with healthy carbs.

Check out chickpea pasta, quinoa pasta, and brown rice pasta.

Any of these pasta options will make your pasta salad healthier.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is loaded with lots of veggies, so each serving has more vegetables than pasta.

I’ve also reduced the amount of fat significantly.

How to Make an Authentic Low-fat Greek Salad Dressing

A good Greek salad dressing is so flavorful!

It definitely uses a high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Red wine vinegar and/or lemon juice give it a “bright” tartness.

I’ve kept all the important ingredients but made some adjustments to reduce the fat.

You won’t even notice that it’s missing.

Liquid measuring cup with a whisk mixing together low fat Greek salad dressing ingredients

This healthy Greek salad dressing has a lower amount of olive oil that’s replaced with some water.

You’ll still get the flavor, just less fat.

While some Greek dressing recipes call for red wine vinegar or lemon juice, I’ve used both to amp up the flavor.

A little bit of Dijon mustard does a great job of helping the dressing to emulsify so you don’t need as much oil.
And let’s not forget the garlic and oregano!

What Vegetables Are Best in a Greek Pasta Salad?

My secret to making a really healthy pasta salad is to add a lot of vegetables.

Like, a lot, a lot.

To the point that you end up getting more veggies than pasta when you scoop a serving onto your plate.

The key is to choose vegetables that blend well with the Mediterranean flavors.

Fresh vegetables on a counter before being chopped to make a healthy THM pasta salad

I start with some traditional options: cucumbers and tomatoes.

I love using English cucumbers because they don’t have as many seeds and the skin is more tender.

True confession: I still remove the seeds from the hothouse cucumbers.

It helps to prevent the salad from having too much liquid.

But then, I love to add a zucchini (or two!).

They’re so mild and most people don’t even realize they’re eating cucumber and zucchini!

Using both red and yellow bell peppers adds a lot of color to the salad.

Overhead view into a bowl with chopped vegetables, kalamata olives, and feta cheese

My big secret for adding lots of veggies is to cut them small so each bite includes a little bit of all the flavors.

Especially the onions.

A secret to making onions taste amazing without quite so much bite is to soak the sliced red onion in cold water and then draining it before adding it to the salad.

I figured that trick out when I made this amazing cucumber salad recipe.

Another reason to cut the extras small is a little bit goes a longer way.

Especially with higher fat items like the kalamata olives.

Try using reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese to further reduce the amount of fat per serving.

I promise you won’t notice the difference.

How Long Should Pasta Salad Marinade Before Serving?

Bowl filled with the best healthy Greek pasta salad with lots of fresh vegetables

I’ve whipped up this Greek pasta salad just before heading to a cookout and it’s always delicious!

However, if you have time to let it marinate a bit, it’s even better.

I like to let it marinade at least four hours before serving it, and if you can let it sit overnight it’s just about perfect.

Be sure to store it in an airtight container and refrigerate it.

It’ll last for up to a week.

I hope you love this healthy pasta salad as much as we do!

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Bowl filled with a Dreamfields Greek pasta salad with lots of fresh vegetables

The Best Healthy Greek Pasta Salad

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

This healthy Greek pasta salad recipe makes enough to serve a crowd! Bring it to a cookout as a side dish, or great for meal prepping. Top with your favorite meat for a complete meal!


  • 1 lb Dreamfields Rotini Pasta
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded, sliced, and quartered
  • 1 medium zucchini, seeded, sliced, and quartered
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced into very thin strips
  • 4 cups of baby spinach
  • 1.5 cups Campari tomatoes, cut in eighths
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup crumbled reduced fat Feta cheese


  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain and rinse pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing in a large bowl. Add the drained pasta to the dressing while the pasta is still warm. Toss to coat with the dressing. Set aside to cool while you prep the veggies.
  3. Pasta salad is best when you can get as many flavors as possible in each bite. Cut the vegetables into small pieces so it's easy to pick up several in each forkful.
  4. Place all the cut vegetables, except the baby spinach, in the bowl with the pasta and stir until combined. Gently fold in the baby spinach.
  5. Can be served immediately, but for best flavor refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight for the flavors to meld.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 142Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2.5gCholesterol 3mgSodium 415mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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