Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This lightly dressed Mediterranean pasta salad makes a great lunch entree.
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 233 kcal


  • 6 ounces bowtie pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup marinated artichokes plus 2 Tablespoons marinade
  • 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • coarse salt and pepper


  1. Boil pasta in salted water, according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, then drain.
  2. Chop garlic. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and make a paste by dragging the blade of knife across the mixture.
  3. Add garlic paste to a small bowl. Mix with mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest. lemon juice and artichoke marinade. Whisk to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Return cooked pasta to pot. Add artichokes, olives and dressing and toss, adding enough pasta water to create a light sauce to coat. Stir in Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  6. Serve over romaine lettuce.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2330IU47%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.