simple greek pasta salad.

by Janetha on January 20, 2013

in recipes

last night we celebrated the recent engagement of our good friends, kristen and rory. kristen and rory have been dating just over five years (they met at my party! matchmaker right here, haha) and they will say “i do” this coming june. i am thrilled for them!

 as the maid-of-honor and the official food fanatic, i was in charge of bringing some of the delicious eats & treats for the party. i decided to do two sweet and two savory, every party needs a mix of both. for the sweet, i snagged a baker’s dozen from the sweet tooth fairy. their gourmet cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! they even won cupcake wars on the food network.

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i made the personalized toppers with pic monkey.

i also made a batch of my peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies.

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on the savory side of things, i picked up an italian meat & cheese tray from caputo’s deli–best italian deli in town! marshall always requests a meat & cheese tray just for himself. one of these days i am going to bring one home for dinner, hah.

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i also whipped up a super simple greek pasta salad. it was only five ingredients and couldn’t have been easier to throw together. the best part is that everyone at the party loved it! 

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i got all five ingredients from trader joe’s, so if you have one in your area you should try to snag these exact ingredients. but, not to worry, if you don’t have a trader joe’s you can always find an equivalent to these ingredients at your local grocery store!

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five ingredient greek pasta salad
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 15 minutes
yield: 10 cups (20 one-half cup servings)

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ingredients:

  • 10 oz pesto filled tortellini (any type of pasta will work here, but a filled tortellini is best)
  • 7 oz olive tapenade
  • 6 oz crumbled feta with mediterranean herbs (or regular will work)
  • 4 oz greek style feta dressing
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes

directions:

  1. cook tortellini according to package directions (the ones i had took 15 minutes.)
  2. rinse well with very cold water and shake to dry.
  3. in a large bowl combine cooked tortellini with olive tapenade and feta.
  4. pour dressing over the pasta and stir to combine.
  5. fold in grape tomatoes. 
  6. store in airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. 

step-by-step photo tutorial:

cook tortellini according to package directions (the ones i had took 15 minutes.)

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rinse well with very cold water, drain, and shake off all excess water.

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in a large bowl combine cooked tortellini with olive tapenade and feta.

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pour dressing over the pasta and stir to combine.

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fold in grape tomatoes. 

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store in airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. 

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enjoy!

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ideally, you’d want to wait until the salad is chilled before serving, but if you are in a rush you CAN serve it a little warm.

this recipe makes twenty 1/2-cup servings. here are the nutritional stats per serving:

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if you aren’t cooking for a crowd, you can easily halve or quarter this recipe! it also stores very well for up to a week.

well, i’m off to soak up my sunday. hope you enjoy your day!

xo. janetha g.

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Laura @ joyful shimmy January 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Im definitely pinning this recipe for next week’s meal plan. I love trader joes and how it’s full of easy goodies.

Love the cute little heart on the cupcakes! Hope you are having a great Sunday

Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills January 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

those cupcakes are cute! I love pasta salad so I am going to have to try this

Sara @ fitcupcaker January 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Wow I am surprised by the nutritional info…in a good way :) On the list to make!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

All of the food sounds delicious! I still need to try The Sweet Tooth Fairy’s cupcakes… I’ve heard nothing but great things about them!

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I really like that dressing on cucumbers and tomatoes but don’t really use it for other salads. Your Greek pasta salad is a great idea!

julie January 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

isnt the med feta from TJs just awesome?! one time i made greek quinoa salad for an office bbq this summer and everyone was obsessssed

the delicate place (@misathemeb) January 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

aww congrats you little matchmaker! mmmmm cure meats=my fave! happy sunday J, hope it treats you well & you get off work tomorrow!

Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

OMG those cupcakes and cookies look incredible! I want some ASAP! Good job MOH ;-)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Matchmaker, eh? Help a single girl out! ;)

Carly @ Snack Therapy January 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Those cookies officially earn you the title of “Best Maid of Honor Ever.” Congrats!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) January 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

tortellinis! I haven’t had those in so long!!! TJs is so helpful :)

broccolihut January 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Would you believe that I’ve never had tortellini? This recipe looks like the perfect excuse to try it!

Lindsay January 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

That greek salad looks delicious! Thanks for posting

Erica January 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I love that you bought half of the foods and made half. Such a great balance (and makes a party so much more do-able). The cookies look so yummy. I want that TJs dressing now! Congrats to the happy couple

Amanda E. January 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Speaking of TJ’s, I think I saw you there this weekend! I thought about going up and saying hi, but I didn’t have any sort of opening besides, “uh… I read your blog, so.. hey.” :P We did rave together at the same time so I’m sure our paths have crossed before, but.. yeah. I just thought it would’ve been weird. So I didn’t. Instead I left you this sort of creepy comment, which probably isn’t much better. *laugh*

Janetha January 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

haha! you should have come and said hi! but i looked in rough shape i had been at the gym and then at my office, i was haggard. oh we were ravers together? haha, good times! i am sure we have crossed paths :) xo

Lauren January 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

love parties, love engagements, love cupcakes, and love this recipe. What a fantastic night! :)

Annette@FitnessPerks January 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Cuuuuuteee cupcakes!!

And yes, must get my butt to TJs!! asap.

Madison January 21, 2013 at 5:24 am

Triple YUM: cupcakes, peanut butter cookies and that Greek pasta salad! I am definitely going to give that pasta salad a try. I bet it would be good with grilled chicken for dinner. :)

rachel January 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

Hi Janetha, Like you I’ve had and still have digestive issues. Ive never been able to pinpoint the “true” problem (certain foods sometimes do cause issues, other times not). It might just be a contrary system or anxiety or stress or food or whatever. Not sure.
Wondering your thoughts on WHAT protein powder best to order? I’m not an exerciser, but do want to be eating healthier and making okay choices. Was going to order off iherb, but has to be WORTH it and has to taste good but with NO funky weird ingredients (natural and “real” is important to me).
Wondering if I ought to go with:
– Plant Fusion (will “pea” be bloaty? sometimes those odd powders can REALLY mess one up)
– sunwarrior brown rice OR blend
– MRM whey isolate OR isolate/concentrate blend?
– About Time whey?
– Lifetime Basics (I hear mixed things on this).

Sensitive tummy. Like the neutral and STRRONG bioavailability of whey (such a simple , complete protein , kinda like its less chance of aggravting tummy…but whey can be issues arising)…like the “clean’ and “green” idea of the vegan ones (but at same times, these often mix bad or taste bad or have combos of ingredients that can make u flop or bloat or something). HOping to get your response soon. thanks.

Janetha January 21, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hey! We are all so different so it’s impossible to tell you what would work for you. Trial and error is your best bet. I use Plant Fusion and Hemp Force. I can’t do dairy so whey is out. I haven’t tried sun warrior. Sorry you’re having issues! I can relate–it is frustrating :(

Rachel January 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

Yeah, I do use greek yogurt cause I’m grossly addicted to the thick creaminess. I also think I have egg issues simply I eat them in EXCESS. Like I’ve “overdid” the good things and need a break from them for a few months. You don’t do dairy? So no cheese? (what about the cheese in this recipe?).

Janetha January 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

Unfortunately no cheese :( It sucks because cheese is my favorite food next to cereal and bread. Oh, and ice cream.. which I miss a lot. Non dairy is NOT the same. I’ve been off dairy since November and, while it SUCKS, it actually has helped my colon issues immensely.

Rachel January 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I think I need to committ to that for sure. I think maybe hard cheese woud work for me better than other dairy IF anything ..not sure. A new book “The Plan” is really interesting regarding weight and food issues, etc.
As for the protein, I might take my chances on the Plant Fusion…though I hear Lifetime basics is good. I’m worried that the “weird” ingredients in the protein will screw up my tummy more (sometimes bare bones “simple” food is better…like in paleo or GAPS approach to digestive issues)..but the stubborn part of me thinks (hopes) the protein powder might be okay.

Janetha January 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I know what you mean! Good luck, keep me posted!

Kristen January 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

I love the fork in the last picture! It’s the cutest!!

Janetha January 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

I know.. I loooove mini things! haha

Linz @ Itz Linz January 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

i’ve never made a greek pasta salad before but you’re right – yours does look super easy!! my favorite kind of recipe!!

Meghan @ After the Ivy League January 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

Those peanut butter cup cookies look delicious! I’m gonna have to try out that recipe, I’ve been in a baking mood lately!

Allie January 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

omg I NEED to make that pasta salad, that looks like heaven to me!

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