Jan
10
2014

Creamy Feta Greek Style Cucumber Pasta Salad

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“Healthier” Creamy Feta Greek Style Cucumber Pasta Salad coming at ya today!

Creamy Feta Greek Style Cucumber Pasta Salad

I’m having so much fun creating healthier recipe options for you this month.  Trust me, I’m not eating a perfect diet, but it’s certainly nice to have recipes that are healthy and full of great flavor.

The crunch of the cucumbers with the salty bites of kalamata olives are my favorite part of this salad along with the yogurt based feta dressing.

Enjoy this crisp, zesty salad!

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Here are most of your ingredients, I left out a few dressing ingredients, see recipe below :)

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I used Fusilli whole wheat pasta from Delallo today.

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You’ll need two hot house cucumbers.  I quartered and thinly sliced them.

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Place in a nice big mixing bowl and get ready to add the rest of the ingredients.

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Oh how I love garbanzo beans/chick peas.  Add those babies next.

olives and feta

Chop up some kalamata olives and stir in some Feta Cheese.

Dressing 2

The dressing is a Greek yogurt and buttermilk based creamy dressing.  There’s Feta Cheese, dill, thyme, garlic and more :)

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Pour your dressing over, give a good stir and enjoy!  It’s even better the second day after it’s marinated a bit.

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Creamy Feta Greek Style Cucumber Pasta Salad

Creamy Feta Greek Style Cucumber Pasta SaladPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 2 large Hot House Cucumbers, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups dry pasta of choice, cooked to al dente
  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt

Creamy Feta Yogurt Dressing

  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place cucumbers, cooked pasta, garbanzo beans, olives, Feta, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. To prepare dressing, place yogurt, buttermilk, Feta, shallots, olive oil, dill, thyme, garlic salt and black pepper into a blender. Blend until smooth and combined. Pour over salad then stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 10-12 Servings


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  1. 1
    Sarah Toasty says:

    I love pasta salads stuffed with crunchy veg, this looks right up my alley!

    Ps: I’m I the only one who automatically thinks pesto cavatappi from Noodles when I see that shape of noodles?

  2. 2
    Tina Muir says:

    Yummy! That looks delicious! This would be a perfect lunch for me to fuel up my carbs before an evening run. I think I will give this a try as soon as I complete my 21 days gluten free. I will be devouring lots of pasta to fuel up for my upcoming half marathons! Thanks for sharing! Greek salads are the best!

  3. 3

    Love the Greek flavours going on here!

  4. 4
    Maria says:

    I want this for lunch today!

  5. 5

    Love the creamy aspect and that it’s a “healthier” version!

  6. 6

    A perfect lunch meal on the healthier side!

  7. 7

    I love the use of greek yogurt in this to make this a lighter side dish or entree! yum!!

  8. 8
    Nicole says:

    I love just about anything Greek style. This looks healthy and easy enough to make. Most definitely will try it.

  9. 9
    Liz says:

    I love this recipe. Thank you and have a great weekend.

  10. 10

    Love, love, love Greek salad!

  11. 11
    marla says:

    Want this for lunch!

  12. 12
    katie says:

    Oh this sounds so good! Love cucumbers and pastas! :)

  13. 13
    Jaime says:

    Looks so good!!! For my husband I would have to add chicken & he would be a happy. Thank you :)

  14. 14
    Gaby says:

    This would be the perfect lunch, light and healthy!

  15. 15

    This looks so yummy. I wish I had a bowl right now.

  16. 16
    Tieghan says:

    I love the greek flavors and those kalamata olives! So good!

  17. 17
    Ashley W says:

    Hi Jenny! This recipe looks delish. I have an unrelated ?…Do you have another cookbook in the works?!?!? Please say YES!!! I have Picky Palate cookbook and have had success w/ every recipe so far, and plan to cook all the rest this year. I just really need another Picky Palate cookbook :)

    Ashley

    • 17.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Ashley, thanks so much for your comment! I do not have another Picky Palate cookbook in the works, but who knows what the future holds. Soooo glad you are enjoying my cookbook, I’ll always be writing recipes on Picky Palate!!

  18. 18
    Kristi says:

    I hadn’t realized I was craving pasta salad until right about now. Your pasta salad looks really good. I was just looking at cucumbers the other day at the store, and thought I don’t need one this week, but now I’m wishing I had picked one up.

  19. 19

    Love the addition of the garbanzo beans!

  20. 20

    What a creamy gorgeous salad, Jenny!! This is right up my alley.

  21. 21
    borisa says:

    Great stuff!!! I can say very common ingredients in this part of Europe (Balkans) you used for this dish.
    People one of those, MUST TRY meals!!!
    Thank you for good recipe!!!

  22. 22

    I just saw your recipes and I have already fell in love with them. I love to cook and get new recipes. You will hear from me more often .Your family is such a cute bunch. Thanks.

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