Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Black Olives

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Black Olives


  • 1 pound pasta (such as penne or fusilli)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup black natural olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  3. Add the cooled pasta to the bowl with the dressing, along with the black olives, feta cheese, parsley, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber. Toss well to coat.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Serve the Mediterranean pasta salad cold, garnished with additional chopped parsley or feta cheese, if desired.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, or as a side dish for your favorite grilled meats. The black natural olives add a salty and savory kick, while the feta cheese and fresh vegetables provide a tangy and crunchy contrast. The dressing is simple but delicious, with a zesty blend of herbs and spices that ties everything together. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean in your own kitchen!