Tzatziki Pasta Salad

  • 1 (7 oz) container low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 oz penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 (6 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained (cut into smaller pieces if they are large)
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata olives (sliced if desired)
  • 1/4 cup slivered sun-dried tomatoes (the type packed in oil)
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup feta cheese, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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(The original called for chopped garlic…I’m going to mince it next time though)

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2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, and onion.

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3. Pour the yogurt mixture over the pasta and stir till coated.

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4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of feta cheese and the fresh dill on top. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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I’ve had this recipe for awhile now…I kept looking at it thinking, “Maybe I’ll try this one day” but I never did (until yesterday). Pasta salad has never been one of my favorite things. I like it, but not enough to actually make it. So, when I found this one, I was conflicted. I like tzatiki sauce, but on a gyro. Would it actually work in a pasta salad? Well, the answer is: YES IT DOES. I am KICKING myself for not making this sooner. All the times I passed it by when I could have been enjoying it!

The list of ingredients might seem off putting for a pasta salad (maybe that’s one of the reasons I kept passing it over…) but it was a very fast and easy recipe. And SO DELICIOUS. It made quite a bit, which has been great because I shared it at a dinner with some friends (they all liked it!) and then I had enough for leftovers! I keep going back to it and taking bites through out the day.

This is a perfect recipe for a pot-luck, a cookout, picnic, or just weekday meal! I’m seriously more excited than I should be for my next get-together just so I can make this again!

 

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