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Always a crowd-pleaser, this pasta salad has won first place in several potluck contests.  Summer vegetables, tender pasta, salty cheese, and a mouthwatering zesty dressing! #pastasalad #potluck #bbq #italian #greek #mediterranean #pasta, #salad #makeaheadrecipe #easyrecipe
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5 from 22 votes

Best Potluck Pasta Salad

Homemade pasta salad that's perfect for any potluck or backyard bbq!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: greek pasta, italian pasta, potluck recipe
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

PASTA SALAD

  • 1 box uncooked short-cut pasta (I used farfalle but rotini or penne work as well), 16oz
  • 2/3 cup sliced red onions
  • 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes halved (regular cherry or grape tomatoes work as well)
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup pickled capers jarred
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

HOMEMADE DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed if possible
  • 2 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh minced oregano
  • 2 tsp fresh minced parsley
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil over HIGH heat. Salt the water with about a tablespoon of salt. Add pasta and cook until just al dente (according to package instructions).
  • Drain pasta and toss with a light drizzle of olive oil. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • While pasta is cooling, chop tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. Set aside in a large mixing bowl and add capers to the bowl.
  • Add dressing ingredients, except for olive oil, to a bowl and whisk to combine. While whisking, slowly pour in the olive oil, and continue whisking until completely combined. Taste and adjust salt and pepper accordingly.
  • Add the cooked pasta and crumbled feta cheese to the large bowl with the vegetables. Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, up to 2 days.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature, and enjoy!

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Notes

For best flavor, if making more than several hours ahead of time, make extra of the dressing and toss 1/4 cup of the extra dressing with the pasta before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg