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Serving up a big serving of one of my favorite pasta salads todays!

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

For whatever reason, I begin to think of pasta salad around this time of year. My dad used to make it often throughout the summer, when the days were packed full of sunshine and fun, and dinner just needed to be quick, simple, and easy!

Summer is definitely not quite here yet, but we are mid spring and the weather is finally beginning to cooperate, YAY! It was a gorgeous sunny day today, the kind that make you feel like summer is here. For me, this means way less time in the kitchen and way more time outside…or at least that’s the way I dream of it being. In reality, more likely it means me sitting in the window with the most vibrant sun shining through while typing away on the computer. Hey, but at least it’s a very big window…with incredible views…got to do what you got to do!

Anyway, this pasta salad is a mix of all the flavors I am loving right now. Fresh oregano, basil, dill, plenty of Greek veggies, and the most delicious lemony roasted broccoli. The major bonus here is that this could not be easier to put together…and the leftovers just get better, making this one of those dinners to make on Sunday and eat for lunch throughout the week. Cool. Cool.

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

OK, but while I love pasta salad, the real inspiration here actually came from my cousin, Maggie. She announced on the family Group Me text messaging app that she had just booked a summer trip to Greece, yes, Greece!

I mean, how amazing does that sound? I am totally jealous. She’ll be traveling to Athens, Santorini, Paros, and Crete…talk about a trip to paradise. Literally just got even more jealous typing that out. I told her to make sure to take tons and tons of photos of everything she eats so I can attempt to recreate each dish. Bring on all the gyros, colorful salads, and of course – feta!

Clearly her trip got me thinking about Greek foods, and in turn, I decided to create this simple pasta salad loaded with Greek flavors. It’s probably one of my favorite pasta salad combos, and trust me, I have made a lot of pasta salads!

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The recipe starts off by roasting the broccoli in the oven with a little garlic and lemon. While that’s happening, just boil up some pasta, drain, and add all the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the hot pasta. It’s important to toss everything together while the pasta is still warm so you can really activate the flavors of the fresh herbs.

My secret flavor booster? Using the oil that comes in the sun-dried tomato jar. I feel like I’m saying this all the time now, but that oil is like liquid gold, so don’t throw it out!

My other not so secret, secret? Lots and lots of really good cubed feta cheese. It is just a must in a Greek salad.

Done and DONE.

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 498 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, florets roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 pound short cut pasta
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 zucchini thinly, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, cubed

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. On a large baking sheet, toss together the broccoli, pine nuts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and a large pinch of both salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the broccoli is just beginning to char.
    3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and add back to the hot pot. 
    4. While the pasta is still warm, add the roasted broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes - plus the oil in the jar, olives and 3 tablespoons of the olive brine (the liquid surrounding the olives), the zucchini, red pepper, cucumbers, oregano, basil, dill, lemon juice and zest. Toss until well combined and the pasta is coated in oil, if needed drizzle in little olive oil over if there doesn't seem to be enough. Add the feta and gently toss. Serve warm or at room temperature. The pasta can be made up to 1 day in advance. 

Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

PS. kind of love when you can call pasta…salad. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jamie, yes, the zucchini is left uncooked. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the salad!

  1. Hey Tieghan!!
    I made this recipe last night and I was literally so delicious!! Great almost summer recipe. I freakin’ love pasta and all the flavors in this recipe made it so there was something new to look forward to in every bite.
    Kristen

  2. Love the simplicity of this dish, looks like something I would love to have for dinner tonight!!

  3. Also, if I were to halve the recipe, what is the measurement of sundried tomato oil used? And the lemon juice, how much juice do you usually get from a lemon? I usually get about 2-3 tablespoons, but no more.

  4. I’m intrigued by this very simple pasta salad, but when you say chopped, sliced, what exact measurements and cuts are you speaking of? I measure every ingredient in a recipe by ounces and cups to try to be exact as possible, so if someone else makes it, they get it right. Chopped, does that mean quartered and diced into 3/4-1 inch cubes, and sliced, does that mean halved lengthwise and sliced widthwise, or just sliced into large rounds???? Sorry to be a bothersome, but I don’t like when I prepare something, and it turns out looking like a monkey made it.

    1. Hi Jae!

      Chopped = diced into 3/4-1 inch cubes
      Sliced = halved lengthwise and sliced widthwise

      Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love the pasta!

  5. Any type of salad that involves pasta is my kind of salad – love the Greek flavors here, so good! ?

  6. OMG so much incredible flavor going on here!! LOVE that you added toasty pine nuts–talk about a yummy aroma. Plus how adorable is that pasta shape you used?!?! I’m surprised it’s not more common.

    Thanks for the recipe!
    – MAK

  7. Oh lovely perfection on your dish…you are so in tune with the flavors, you always make us happy with you combo’s – Do It! Greece is the same..very fortunate to have traveled to the islands in the mid-90’s. Santorini at that time was truly old world, excavations to see, wonderful people…so pure, and the food…the finest. Follow the locals that live there and eat at the places they eat, they know. You get Tzatziki every meal with bread, ah yum (and garlic breath, ha!)..the museums were awesome, the digs/excavations.. things that were many centuries old. My heart misses and wishes to return some day.

    1. AH! I need to go seriously sounds amazing! My dad would die!! He cant stand garlic breath.
      Ive been googling today while procrastinating and it looks so pretty!
      I hope you get to return!
      Also so happy you like my dish Tammy 🙂

  8. Any type of salad that involves pasta is my kind of salad – love the Greek flavors here, so good! 🙂

  9. I’m super jealous of Maggie too!! Greece is my dream trip…I honestly think about it daily as I’m staring off into space…And this pasta salad sounds delicious. I love the addition of broccoli!

  10. How large a jar of sun dried tomatoes? (I, too, don’t measure a lot of things when I cook, but a ballpark size would be helpful since I buy the humongous jars at Costco. 🙂

    1. Hey Jenn! So sorry about that, it is an 8 ounce jar. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this! 🙂

  11. it’s 6 am in minnesota & i’m craving pasta salad hardcore now! love the greek flavors & the roasted lemon. also, you should probably go visit your cousin while she’s away….just sayin’…. 🙂

  12. You had me at roasted broccoli! haha I’m obsessed. )I actually went to Greece a few years ago and it was amazing! I’m looking forward to all your Greek recipes. 🙂

  13. Ahhh, yeah! Pasta salads are the perfect answer for quick and easy meals. This one looks incred, Tieghan!

  14. Your photos are always so colorful, bright, beautiful and delicious. Thank you for sharing the joy of food!