Summer is the perfect time to enjoy light and refreshing meals, and pasta salads are a great option for outdoor gatherings and picnics.
Summer and BBQ's and salads go hand in hand. Mainly because they're inexpensive to make and there are so many variations you can try. You'll never get tired of eating the same recipes!
From mayo based salads to vinaigrette, these 15 Summer Pasta Salads are delicious and super easy to make.
Just remember when serving salads in the heat, to keep them cool over ice so they don't turn bad; especially if you're keeping them outside for long periods of time.
15 Summer Pasta Salads
If you're in the mood for a tasty and refreshing salad, look no further than this artichoke pesto orzo salad. With its combination of tangy, marinated artichokes and sun dried tomatoes it's a definite crowd pleaser.
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is easy to make using your favorite pasta, bacon, spinach and Ranch dressing. Add grilled chicken or shrimp too!
Basil and herb pearled couscous combined with sun dried tomatoes; then tossed with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil makes a deliciously light salad.
This macaroni salad tastes just like deviled eggs with a creamy Dijon mustard, paprika and mayonnaise dressing.
Dill Macaroni Salad made with English cucumbers, tomatoes and a sour cream and fresh dill dressing is super tasty.
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Garden Macaroni Salad made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions is the perfect summer salad.
Hellmann's mayonnaise makes every salad taste better like this delicious Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Kalamata Olives, Capers and Sun Dried Tomatoes.
Caprese Pasta Salad made with mini farfalle, tomatoes, basil and fresh Mozzarella cheese in a light Italian vinaigrette.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad made with fresh garden cucumbers, tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. A simple, flavorful salad you can make in 30 minutes that goes well with just about anything.
This classic Oriental Salad made with Ramen noodles, cabbage, carrots and almonds is super flavor and a favorite at every gathering.
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If you're looking for a quick and easy Asian inspired salad that's perfect for lunch or dinner; then this Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad recipe is for you. It's made with noodles and vegetables in a spicy peanut butter dressing.
Sun Dried Tomato & Asiago Cheese Pasta Salad made with bow tie pasta, oil packed sun dried tomatoes, freshly shredded Asiago PDO cheese and basil in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Cheese tortellini combined with sun dried tomatoes and broccoli in a zesty Italian vinaigrette dressing is a hearty cold pasta salad.
Tricolor rotini pasta tossed with Salad Supreme Seasoning, fresh broccoli, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing.
Tuna Macaroni Salad made with gluten free brown rice macaroni, solid white albacore tuna in water and fresh garden vegetables. You can use regular pasta too!