Pasta salad with homemade dressing is a versatile and delicious dish, perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a refreshing meal. The homemade dressing adds a unique and vibrant flavor that elevates this salad above the ordinary.


For the Pasta Salad:

  • 8 ounces pasta (such as rotini, penne, or farfalle)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

For the Homemade Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, black olives, feta cheese, and chopped parsley.
  3. To make the dressing, in a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, honey (or sugar), salt, and pepper. Add the Italian seasoning or oregano if using.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss well to coat all the ingredients evenly.
  5. Cover and refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Before serving, give the salad a good stir and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  7. Serve the pasta salad chilled or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 300-350
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 7g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour


  • Serves: 4-6

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is a simple yet flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion. The freshness of the vegetables combined with the tangy and slightly sweet dressing makes this salad a delightful meal or side. It’s easy to customize with your favorite ingredients, making it a versatile option for any gathering or meal. Enjoy this delicious and refreshing pasta salad!

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