Greek Pasta Salad

Everyone needs an easy pot-luck dish in their back pocket!  This Greek Pasta Salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser and can be used for any type of event.

Most pasta salads can be loaded with mayonnaise and have very little nutritional value; but this one is a great mixture of healthy monounsaturated fats, whole grains, and plenty of protein with a ton of fresh flavor.

Barilla makes an impressive penne pasta that is jam packed with fiber, Omega 3’s, and 10-17 grams of protein per serving!  Combine this with some grape tomatoes, small black olives, feta cheese, pine-nuts, olive oil and dill weed for a savory good for you meal or snack.

This nutritious dish can be made ahead of time and tastes great cold or at room temperature.

1    14.5 oz box Barilla Plus Penne Pasta (cooked, drained, and rinsed in cold water)
1    Can of small black olives (drained)
1    Package of grape tomatoes (10.5 oz)
1    Small container of crumbled feta cheese (about 1 cup)
1    2 oz Package of Pine Nuts (about ½ a cup)
3    Tbsp Olive Oil
1     Tbsp dry Dill weed

1. Start with boiling your pasta according to directions on the box. After it is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. 

2. Slice all the tomatoes and olives in half.

3. In a large bowl combine olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and pine nuts. 

4. Once main ingredients are mixed, add dill weed and lightly toss.

5. Lastly add in your olive oil and give it another toss until all ingredients are lightly coated. 

You can serve it right away or refrigerate it in a covered container to take to a party the next day! 

Recipe by Lori Boyd - Dietetic Intern

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