Tomato Pasta Salad with Lemon Dressing Recipe

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I love making pasta salads in the summer. Perfect for cookouts, picnics and more, they are the perfect side dish. Why turn on the oven during those hot days when you don’t have to? Jason Meller shares this great option for a tomato pasta salad with a refreshing lemon dressing. My husband loves feta cheese so I know he’d go nuts for this salad!

Tomato Pasta Salad with Lemon Dressing Recipe

5 from 5 votes

Tomato Pasta Salad with Lemon Dressing

Course Side Dish
Servings 12
Author Jason Meller


  • 1 package tri-color rotini or your favorite pasta shape
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced and halved again
  • 1-2 lemons zest and juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tbsp. parsley chopped
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well and place in large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl combine 1 lemon's juice and zest with the olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Add tomato, onion and parsley to the pasta.
  4. Add the lemon dressing and toss to coat.
  5. Add the Feta Cheese. (Make sure to crumble the larger pieces to nothing larger than about a pea.)
  6. Toss to combine.
  7. Adjust for salt, pepper and lemon.
  8. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes and toss before serving.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a sudden craving for some pasta salad. Yum! Here is a nice pinterest-friendly image so you can save this recipe for later!

Tomato Pasta Salad with Lemon Dressing


  1. I make something very similar to this, with a few ingredients more or less! It’s such a healthy dish and I like that it can be amended to fit taste! I should add more garlic and parsley to mine!

  2. This looks so yummy and would be perfect to serve at my daughters baby shower. The photos you took are great and make it look so fresh

  3. 5 stars
    Pasta salads are perfect dishes in the summer. Love them at BBQ’s! My top pick! This recipe looks delish!

  4. We grew our own tomatoes this year and this is the perfect recipe to put them in! Looks delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks wonderful, I love feta cheese. I am going to make this in the next week I think, so much better than boring macaroni salad.

  6. 5 stars
    I haven’t made pasta salad the entire season – this looks delish and has me thinking now’s the time! I love the idea of a lemon juice dressing – yum!!!

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