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Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes | cookingwithcassandra.com

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

The BEST Pasta Salad is super easy to make, full of fresh, delicious Mediterranean flavor and comes together in under 30 minutes! It is always the star at parties, potlucks, or as a zesty side dish with dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8



  • 1 pound (approx 450 grams) uncooked rotini pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 heaping cups cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 19 fluid oz can Romano Beans drained and rinsed (It is also known as the cranberry bean, Roman bean, borlotti bean. Not to be confused with the Italian flat bean, a green bean also called "romano bean")
  • 1 14 ounce jar artichoke hearts drained and roughly chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1 ¼ cups zucchini sliced into thin rounds then into quarters
  • 1 ¼ cups sliced manzanilla olives (green olives)
  • 1 ¼ cups red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups feta cheese crumbled
  • ¾ cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley finely chopped


  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Prepare and chop all of the ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, drain and rinse beans, chop artichokes, zucchini, olives, red onion, Italian parsley and feta cheese.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, or until al dente.
  • Drain and rinse well under cold water.
  • Transfer cooked pasta to a bowl, mix in 1 tablespoon olive oil (so that it doesn’t stick together) and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  • Make the dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients until well blended. Season to taste with pepper. Place in the fridge until ready to use. Whisk together again right before pouring over the salad.
  • Add to the bowl of pasta- cherry tomatoes, Romano beans, artichokes, zucchini, red onion, olives and parsley.
  • Remove vinaigrette from the refrigerator and whisk again before adding to the salad. Start by drizzling some vinaigrette all over the salad and toss gently to combine. Always remember the golden rule: You can always add more! Start with a little bit of dressing/ vinaigrette and add more if necessary. You don't want a soggy salad!
  • Add feta cheese then toss all ingredients together! For the best results, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving.