Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Greek Pasta Salad

I love Greek food.  Annapolis just had its Greek Festival last week and we missed it. BOO

The primary reason we missed it was because taking a baby to the festival just did not sound fun to me.  I am usually up to packing Finnley to almost every event but the Greek Festivals are different.

The food is always soooooooo, did I mention, soooooooo good. The music is amazing.  I can never get enough of watching the dancing numbers.

The Greek Festivals is a day long event in my mind.  I want to stay and watch it all.  Take in the whole experience.

I am already planning next years visit.  Finnley will be older and can stay with a baby sitter, her older sister or come with us and nap at the festival.

To keep myself happy I made this Greek Salad with a nice greek yogurt dressing.  I love feta cheese and any type of olive.  The addition of crunchy cucumbers paired with the noodles is simply enjoyable.

I hope your summer is off to a great start.


This was from a few years ago.  We haven't changed much.

Greek Pasta Salad and Dressing

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Salad Dressing

1 (16 oz) plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 cloves of garlic

1.  Add all of the dressing ingredients to a high power blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate while preparing the pasta salad.  

*Can be prepared the day before.

Greek Pasta Salad

1 (16oz) box of Penne Pasta, cooked
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
1 cup of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and halved
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup green onion, diced

NOTE:  I use my favorite gluten free pasta to substitute the regular penne pasta listed above.

1.  Toss the above salad ingredients in a medium size bowl.

2.  Add salad dressing to salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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