easy pasta salad recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad


  • 1 pound penne pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Large tomato chopped with seeds and excess liquid removed
  • 15 Large fresh basil leaves cut into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves stems removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup preserved or fresh lemons chopped
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated
  • 3 ounces feta cheese cut into small cubes


  • 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard together in a small bowl until blended smooth.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic to a cold pan and set heat to medium high. Sauté for approximately 2 minutes before adding chopped tomato. Cook for 3 minutes or until the tomato softens. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked tomato and garlic mixture with the basil, oregano, olives, red onion and preserved lemons. Add the cooked pasta, arugula and both types of cheese. Finally, add the vinaigrette and toss to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Recipe Notes

Preserved lemons can be purchased here (affiliate link) or use fresh lemons.