If you are a lover of Greek salad and Greek food then you are certain to enjoy this --- once you make this a few times you will most likely need to play around with the dressing ingredient to suit taste, I have listed 1/3 cup mayonnaise to be added to the dressing you may need to adjust the mayonnaise amount to desired creaminess after the salad is mixed --- plan ahead this salad needs to chill for at least 4 hours before serving
- 1 lb dry rotini pasta
- 1 small cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped (or use 5-6 green onion, chopped)
- 1⁄2 cup sliced kalamata olive
- 1 1⁄2 cups cubed feta cheese (you will need more for the dressing)
- salt (to taste)
- fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 fresh garlic clove (or use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano (or use 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning in place of oregano and basil)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise (more if needed mixed in the salad at the end)
- Cool the pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain then rinse well under cold water.
- Place the pasta in a large bowl.
- Add in cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, olives and cubed feta cheese; toss to combine.
- For the dressing; in a processor place the garlic clove and process until minced.
- Add in all the remaining ingredients except the mayonnaise;process until well blended (about 20-30 seconds) then add in the mayonnaise and process until combined.
- Pour over the salad ingredients in the bowl; toss to combine (if you prefer a creamier salad then add in more mayonnaise to taste).
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Susan u r rite!!!! This was execellent!! Just got a Vitamix unit last week, used it to combine the dressing ingredients. Used only 2 tbsps of mayo thined with 3tbsps of pasta water. Also went back and made dressing again to marinate chicken breasts for me and the girls and salmon for my husband. Sent a "taste test" bowl to my mother she came over with her own bowl!! ( Kittencal I also make ur shortbreads, ur my best friend in my head)!
Oh my goodness! This was just the best recipe ever. I haven't been able to stop eating it. Someone dial 911!! The only things I did differently was to omit the olives, since I don't like them. Also I used a yellow pepper in place of the green, as green peppers don't like me. I used 1/2 cup of mayonnaise in the beginning with all the spices. I served mine with toasted and buttered ciabatta bread. Heaven! My husband thought it was a winner too. Try it, you'll like it!
Perfect. As well as I can remember, kitten. I have been "sneak" eating this for the last day now. I made it early yesterday, putting the dressing, along with the olive, the bell pepper, and onion and let it sit. Well, let it sit and accidentally reduced the noodle part by 1/3 (because of noodle stealing) Yikes. Was thinking I needed to make up for the loss of noodle, but in the end, (today) finished by adding the rest of the ingredients this morning. Oh this is one wow-factor pasta salad. I couldn't stop eating it!! Bad Andi. Bad Andi. A++ Made for Photo Forum! April 2010 NOTE: Dressing is da-bomb!