Here we are: mid-August when the air is thick, hot, the late summer sun is heavy. And the anticipation of “back to school” plagues us. Well, those of us that are moms (or dads!), or teachers, or students, ourselves.
The only anticipation I’m having right about now is for the next time I get to eat a bowl of this super easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad (in, approximately, two minutes).
It’s my hope that pasta salad somehow has the magic ability to keep summer her a little longer, keep our cookout game strong, and keep easy pool-break lunches happening. It can do that, right? Right?
At least for a little while. If you love recipes that check these boxes, you’ll absolutely have it on repeat for the rest of the summer:
- Vegetarian, made vegan by leaving out the feta
- Ready in 10 minutes!
- Made with real ingredients
- Homemade dressing (again, real ingredients!)
- Totally versatile – lunch, potlucks, side dish… endless possibilities
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Ingredients
What are the real ingredients? Only the best mix of brightness, brininess, and freshness you can find! Here’s what we’ve got:
- mini bow tie pasta – or orzo!
- red bell pepper
- banana peppers
- shallot (or red onion for more of a punch)
- feta cheese
- fresh parsley
- niçoise olives
- garlic (always garlic)
And the texture! Oh you know there’s nothing worse than a boring salad, and this is NOT that, my friends. We’ve got crunch! And shapes, and sizes, oh me, oh my.
The dressing is also super easy too – add some key players like lemon juice and herbs to a jar and SHAKE. Shake away. If you just shake with a lid, no bowl and whisk, and all that fanciness, you will reduce your dishes. Miracles, I tell you.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a reason to make some Mediterranean Pasta Salad (yes, an excellent reason is that it’s a Tuesday and you need to eat) and ENJOY!Print