Lemon Pasta Salad Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

This light and fresh lemon pasta salad with peas and feta has the perfect balance of zesty lemon, sweet peas and salty feta. Best of all, it comes together in just 15 minutes for an easy potluck dish or quick dinner!

I couldn’t resist sharing one more salad before summer is over! Earlier I shared a tuna pasta salad and a recipe for yuca en escabeche with a really zippy vinaigrette for the yuca.

Lemon Pasta Salad Photo

So good and so easy, that’s the wonderful thing about salads. And now I’m in love with this light and fresh lemon pasta salad with peas and feta!

For this salad I used small pasta shells, but you can use any small pasta shape you like. Just be sure to salt the water before cooking.

When I was young I hated green peas. The mushy texture and weirdly sweet taste was so unappetizing!

But then I found a brand of frozen peas I love that are crisp, sweet and delicious! I even eat them plain as a snack!

Lemon Pasta Salad Picture

I would not recommend canned peas for this recipe. And if you don’t like peas, you can use broccoli or asparagus.

For the cheese I chose crumbled feta. I absolutely adore feta cheese on just about anything, but you could also use parmesan cheese with tasty results.

Because there are so few ingredients in this salad, I highly recommend you use fresh lemon juice for the dressing.

I’ve tried this with the bottled lemon juice when that was all I had on hand and I’m telling you there is a world of difference!

Lemon Pasta Salad Image

Besides the freshly squeezed lemon juice, the other thing to note is that there are two ways to prepare the dressing.

The first way (which is how the recipe is written) is to warm minced garlic in olive oil and then combine with the other dressing ingredients.

The second way is to leave the garlic raw and mix everything together. If you love the pungent taste of garlic, then this is the method for you.

Lemon Pasta Salad Pic

If you prefer it with a more toasty flavor, then let it warm in the oil first. Either way is delicious!

I usually let this lemon pasta salad chill before serving, especially in the summer, but you can eat it hot as well!

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Lemon Pasta Salad Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1/2 pound Pasta Shells, small size preferred
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
For the Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • juice of 2 Lemon, about 1/4 cup
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package instructions.
  2. In a small pan, add the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Set the heat to low and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat before garlic browns. Whisk in lemon juice, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Place drained pasta in a large bowl along with peas and feta.
  4. Toss with dressing and refrigerate until chilled. May also be served hot or at room temperature.



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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 118
Calories 352

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 210mg
Total Carbohydrate 43g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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