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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a delicious and healthy twist on a classic dish. This unique combination of traditional Tuscany ingredients combines fresh vegetables, herbs, delicious cheese, delicious pasta, and other flavors to make a delicious meal or side dish.



Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients:


½ c. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 t. fresh lemon zest, preferably organic
1 large clove garlic, finely minced

1 T. Dijon mustard
1-2 T. honey, preferably local

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


Remaining Ingredients:


1 16-oz. box penne pasta 

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

2-3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 c. fresh arugula
12-15 large fresh basil leaves, sliced thin

1/3 c. Kalamata olives, chopped

3 T. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
3 oz. Feta cheese, roughly chopped

Garnish: additional arugula leaves, sprigs of fresh basil, and grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain, rinse, and set aside.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and shake vigorously until emulsified. Set aside. (Or prepare in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to use).

  3. Add olive oil and garlic to a skillet set over medium heat. Sauté for approximately 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic develops some color.

  4. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or just until the tomatoes are warmed through. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh arugula. Set aside.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm tomato and arugula mixture with the fresh basil and Kalamata olives. Add the warm cooked penne pasta and both types of cheese. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the lemon vinaigrette. Toss to combine.

  6. Transfer the pasta salad to a large serving bowl and garnish with some fresh arugula, sprigs of basil, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with the remaining vinaigrette on the side. Enjoy! 

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
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