Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Basil, Kalamata Olives, and Feta

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Liven up your penne with this summer-inspired Mediterranean Pasta Salad! This fresh, vibrant 30-min recipe brings all the flavors of the Med to your table, as it combines tomatoes, arugula, basil, Kalamata olives, and Feta. Why not finish the dish with a homemade lemon vinaigrette?

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

With all of the dreary weather we have been having in the UK recently, this Mediterranean Pasta Salad has certainly brightened my day! With all of the delicious, bright colors of the ingredients, it is like summer in a bowl!

This salad packs a lot of interesting flavors into each bite. From the peppery taste of fresh arugula to the salty appeal of Kalamata olives and Feta cheese, plus the satisfying addition of penne pasta that helps to balance the strong flavors – there is nothing bland or boring about this dish.

This robust and tasty salad can be served as a satisfying main course or as a hearty side dish for grilled chicken or sautéed fish.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Olives & Feta

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Recipe Tips

  • Prepare the lemon vinaigrette in advance to give the flavors a chance to fully develop.

How Do I Make Mediterranean Pasta Salad?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How to Make Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This fresh, vibrant 30-min recipe brings all the flavors of the Med to your table, as it combines tomatoes, arugula, basil, Kalamata olives, and Feta.


For the Lemon Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest, preferably organic
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 (16-oz/450g) box penne pasta
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint (500g) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 12-15 large fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
  • ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 oz (85g) Feta cheese, roughly chopped

For Garnish

  • Additional arugula leaves
  • Sprigs of fresh basil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and shake vigorously until emulsified. Set aside. (Or prepare in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to use).
  3. Add olive oil and garlic to a skillet set over medium heat. Sauté for approximately 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic develops some color.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or just until the tomatoes are warmed through. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh arugula. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm tomato and arugula mixture with the fresh basil and Kalamata olives. Add the warm cooked penne pasta and both types of cheese. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the lemon vinaigrette. Toss to combine.
  6. Transfer the pasta salad to a large serving bowl and garnish with some fresh arugula, sprigs of basil, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with the remaining vinaigrette on the side. Enjoy!

    How to Make Mediterranean Pasta Salad


Tip: Prepare the lemon vinaigrette in advance to give the flavors a chance to fully develop.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 537mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 13g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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