Mediterranean pasta salad in grey bowl before being combined.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe is a healthy twist on traditional pasta salad. A perfect option for gatherings or a quick weeknight dinner. 



Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. pasta* 
  • 2 cups arugula loosely packed
  • 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/41/2 cup pine nuts

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


Dressing Instructions: 

  1. Peel and mince the garlic. Put all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.

Pasta Salad Instructions: 

  • Cook Pasta: Cook pasta according to package instructions. Set aside until Step 3.
  • Slice & Dice Ingredients: The shape and size ingredients are cut into, is entirely personal preference. Below are some options for preparing ingredients that need to be sliced or diced. Generally, I recommend the below ingredients are cut into similar sized with the exception of the red onion. The red onion should always be thinly sliced.  
    • artichoke hearts – quartered or chopped
    • Kalamata olives – whole, halved or sliced
    • fresh basil – thinly sliced (chiffonade)
    • sun-dried tomatoes – thinly sliced or chopped
    • cucumber – thinly sliced or cubed
    • red onion – thinly sliced
  • Assemble: Put all pasta salad ingredients in a large bowl except the pine nuts. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Top the salad with the pine nuts. Serve immediately. 


*Use whichever pasta you prefer. Campanelle is the pasta seen in the photographs of this post. Other options such as Farfalle (bowtie pasta), Rotini, Penne and Cavatappi work well also!

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 304
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 8

Keywords: Mediterranean pasta salad, pasta salad