Prep Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

This recipe features a surprise ingredient–green grapes–that adds just the right amount of sweetness to the simple, two-step pasta dinner. Serve with pan-grilled asparagus.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, grapes, and basil in a large bowl.

Step 2

While pasta cooks, combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil to vinegar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Drizzle vinaigrette over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Add cheese; toss to combine.

Step 3

Pan-grilled asparagus: Combine 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1 pound trimmed asparagus. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add asparagus to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, turning once.

Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

December 07, 2017
I've made this a few times now.  It is super quick and easy.  And oddly good.  I typically make 8 oz of pasta and use a bit more feta.

NasiaPrat's Review

July 06, 2009
Yummy!!! I added shredded carrots along with red and yellow peppers for more color. Perfect for 4th of july bbq

LorraineC's Review

May 09, 2011

librarianMartha's Review

July 11, 2009
I made this recipe four times in one week for four different parties. Everyone liked it. Great recipe! Great for a family barbue/reunion. Different from all the rest. Would not want it as a main dish but great as a side.

Sandy1946's Review

May 21, 2012

Cessily's Review

July 24, 2012
This pasta salad is awesome....don't leave out anything! The grapes add a really nice sweetness that rounds out the flavor. Loved it! It will be my new go to pasta salad for any occasion.

merrymer's Review

July 09, 2009
I too, was skeptical of grapes in a pasta salad, but they did add to the dish. As a previous poster said, it helps balance out the saltiness of the feta and capers, and sourness of the balsamic vinegar. I substituted red onion for the shallots and regular balsamic vinegar for the white balsamic vinegar since that's what I already had. The leftovers for lunch tasted great the next day. It is a great light summer lunch or dinner.

smurphy1's Review

July 06, 2009
I made this for a July 4th barbecue and it was enjoyed by all. The combination of the salty feta with the sweet grapes is what makes this dish so good.

cheffranie's Review

May 14, 2013
I was also a little unsure about this because of the grapes but because of the reviews, I was curious to try it. I am so glad I did! One of the best recipes for pasta salad ever. Such a great combination of flavors. I added just a little extra garlic and capers, because we enjoy both. This will be a family favorite from now on!

Linda223's Review

October 07, 2009
I have made this several times. the combination of sweet and tart/salty tickles the taste buds. It is delightful.