Creamy Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad

Creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is an easy summer pasta salad! It's super flavorful, feeds a crowd, and you can make it ahead. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Strawberries, avocado, almonds oh my!

Seriously, this creamy strawberry feta pasta salad has the WORKS. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you like a lot of “stuff” in your salads and pasta salads, this recipe is for you. Plus the poppy seed dressing is completely homemade with only a handful of ingredients. Move over mayo– we’re using tangy and thick Greek yogurt instead!

Homemade creamy poppy seed dressing made with Greek yogurt on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Homemade creamy poppy seed dressing made with Greek yogurt on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The sweet and creamy dressing complements all the varying textures in the salad. There’s plenty of crunch from the almonds and romaine, plus melt-in-your-mouth strawberries and big chunks of avocado. Feta cheese is a no-brainer in a salad like this, but goat cheese would be a total home run too.

By the way, how beautiful would this dish be at a bridal shower or baby shower? The bright pink strawberries and fresh flavors! Or add blueberries for a festive Memorial Day or 4th of July potluck dish. And and and!! This pasta salad keeps for days in the fridge (make it ahead!) AND it can absolutely feed a crowd. This is summer entertaining perfection at its finest.

And you can totally turn it into a satisfying meal by adding grilled chicken.

Creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is an easy summer pasta salad! It's super flavorful, feeds a crowd, and you can make it ahead. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Creamy Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2/3 cup (160g) Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (80g) honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard (or 1 teaspoon dijon mustard)
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound dry pasta (elbow, bow tie, rotini, etc)
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb - 1.5 lbs strawberries, sliced (I use 1.5 lbs for lots of strawberries!)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup (85g) slivered or sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk all of the poppy seed dressing ingredients together.
  3. Stir the remaining pasta salad ingredients in with the pasta. Toss with dressing. Add a little more feta and almonds if you wish. (I like a little extra cheese!)
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Tastes best on day 2 or 3, so it's perfect to make ahead of time!

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Creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is an easy summer pasta salad! It's super flavorful, feeds a crowd, and you can make it ahead. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

PS: here are the bowls I use in this photo 🙂

Creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is an easy summer pasta salad! It's super flavorful, feeds a crowd, and you can make it ahead. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. heather (delicious not gorgeous) on May 17, 2017 at 1:25 am

    oooh i love salads with lots of stuff (: makes it interesting! and i love the sound of a homemade poppy seed dressing; i haven’t had it for years, and my only memory of it is from the bottle with a peach on it :3

  2. Danielle on May 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Do you have any suggestions for substitutes for avocado in this recipe? Other than the avocado this looks delicious!

    • Sally on May 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hey Danielle! You can just leave it out. Or what about chopped red pepper, cucumber slices, or bacon crumbles?

  3. Natalie Munroe on May 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hey Sally! This looks and sounds delicious. With the hot weather coming on out of nowhere (what the…?), my body is already shifting to the summer cravings of lighter fare. One question, though, about making ahead: with all the moisture from the dressing and pasta and fruits, doesn’t the romaine wilt after the first day?
    Also, I was able to catch some of your live demo yesterday (when you made the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies). I loved your dress, your kitchen looks lovely, and props to Kevin for being a great assistant!

    • Sally on May 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Not really! I find it stays pretty crunchy under there. And thank you for the compliment! I’m most comfy in dresses right now and will probably live in them all summer 🙂 Kevin says thanks too! And we both say HI! xoxo

  4. Kelly Senyei @ Just a Taste on May 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    What a perfect summer dish! Love all the flavors! 

  5. Fernanda on May 18, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    What can i use instead the poppy seed in the dressing?
    I cannot find it anywhere in México!!!

    • Sally on May 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

      You can leave the poppy seeds out 🙂

  6. Mackenzie on May 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What kind of Greek Yogurt did you use? I got whole milk yogurt and I don’t want it to ruin the consistency of the dressing. 

    • Sally on May 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

      whole milk yogurt works! I just used 2% plain greek yogurt for the pictured dressing. I’ve since used 0% plain greek yogurt– love it both ways.

  7. Caroline | RD-Licious on May 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    YUM! This looks so creamy and yummy…a must try for sure!

  8. Angela on May 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I have a lot of blue cheese on hand, I bet that would be good too!

  9. Erin on June 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I want to make this for a staff lunch at school, but we are nut free. Any suggestions for crunch without the almonds? Would sunflower seeds be too salty?

    • Sally on June 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Not at all! I’d definitely use sunflower seeds instead.

  10. Alison on June 5, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Wow! I like my salads to have the works, and this one fits the bill. Also, I admire anyone who puts strawberries in their salad – about time I did!

  11. Vicky Holland on June 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I made the salad and it was really good, but not good for leftovers because the avocado turns brown and the strawberries go limp. I would suggest making half a batch or cooking all the noodles and only dressing the noodles and add the fresh ingredients each day as you choose to eat it over the next several days.

  12. Jacquie on June 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    This looks amazing! As a vegetarian, finding really filling salads without a meat of some sort is so hard so this is perfect!!!!

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  13. Amie Shadlu on June 8, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Wow, what a great combo of ingredients!! Any kind of creamy salad is a winner as far as I’m concerned.

  14. Danielle on June 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic, and I’d love to make it for a vegan friend. I’ll omit the feta from her portion (it’s definitely going in mine!), and she makes exceptions for honey so that’s fine, but I’m trying to find a good substitute for the greek yogurt. I know there are vegan yogurt substitutes, but I don’t know about vegan greek yogurt substitutes. Do you think vegan (coconut based) yogurt would work? Any other ideas?

    • Sally on June 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

      I’m sure that would be fine– make sure it is plain.

  15. Jenny on May 25, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Wow, this is a keeper! Love everything, the homemade dressing (also good for other salads) and the sweet strawberries in a healthy and savory salad, way to go, Sally!

    I don’t like poppy seeds, so I just left them out. And I somehow mixed up this recipe with another and got pecans instead of almonds, but it was just as good.

    Beware, recipe is for ten portions, I halved it as it’s only my hubby and me.

  16. Sandra on July 6, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Made this for girls’ weekend–they didn’t mind being guinea pigs and loved the salad! It’s great as an entree or a side. Thank you. Made it as written with dry mustard. Thank you!

  17. Debbie on August 11, 2018 at 3:09 am

    I made this recipe and it’s soooooooo yummy! I made this recipe per the instructions using rotini pasta, goat cheese, and Dijon mustard. I’m usually noy a fan of any kind of mustard but you cannot even taste the mustard. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Sally on August 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      You are welcome, Debbie! Glad you liked!

Reviews

  1. Jenny on May 25, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Wow, this is a keeper! Love everything, the homemade dressing (also good for other salads) and the sweet strawberries in a healthy and savory salad, way to go, Sally!

    I don’t like poppy seeds, so I just left them out. And I somehow mixed up this recipe with another and got pecans instead of almonds, but it was just as good.

    Beware, recipe is for ten portions, I halved it as it’s only my hubby and me.

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