40 Pasta Salad Recipes You Need to Try This Summer

You'll want to whip these up every chance you get.

Courtesy of Life in the Lofthouse / Kate Sears

A summer picnic, potluck, or barbecue — these easy pasta salads will be your go-tos. And watch it be the first bowl to go empty. They're packed with a colorful mix of veggies, homemade dressings, and cold pastas.

1 of 40
Mike Garten
Sweet and Tangy Pasta Salad

We seriously cannot get enough of that creamy balsamic vinegar dressing, drizzled over rotini, and fresh veggies.

2 of 40
Kate Sears
Shrimp, Lemon, and Gemelli Party Pasta Salad

Dill, mustard, and capers are just a few of the flavors that spice up this easy summer dinner.

3 of 40
Parker Feierbach
Italian Pasta Salad

Fusili pasta, olives, mozzarella, and red wine vinegar come together in this modern Italian dish everyone will love.

4 of 40
Jonny Valiant
Pasta with Chicken, Vegetables, and Spinach Pesto

Serve this (almost) no-cook dish when the weather starts getting warm — it's chock-full of fresh flavors like grape tomatoes and red onion tossed with a lemon-flecked spinach pesto.

5 of 40
Con Poulos
Sicilian Pasta Salad

Take a mini Mediterranean vacation with this simple, six-ingredient recipe. Use penne, orecchiette, or shells for the base and then top with yummy Italian favorites like ricotta and radicchio. Ciao bella!

6 of 40
Ethan Calabrese
Tuscan Tortellini Pasta Salad

You might not be able to go to Tuscany for dinner, but this pasta salad made with cheese tortellini, fresh spinach, and salami will make you feel like you're there.

7 of 40
Tina Rupp
Antipasto Pasta Salad

Sun-dried tomatoes, crisp veggies, and salty proscuitto work together effortlessly in a pasta dish inspired by your favorite Italian appetizer.

8 of 40
Ethan Calabrese
Strawberry Pasta Salad

Sweet and savory come together in this delicious salad made with strawberries, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

9 of 40
Courtesy of Spend With Pennies
Avocado Pasta Salad

Who needs boring salad dressing when you've got creamy avocados and lime juice to add to your pasta salad?

10 of 40
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything
Bowtie Pasta Caesar Salad

Upgrade your go-to Caesar salad by adding bowtie pasta and grilled chicken. (And plenty of croutons, of course!)

11 of 40
Courtesy of Life in the Lofthouse
BLT Pasta Salad

Your lunchtime favorite, now in salad form.

12 of 40
Just a Taste
Greek Pasta Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Hit up the farmers' market for seasonal veggies that'll amp up plain old penne or rotini. A homemade vinaigrette with hints of oregano and garlic adds the finishing touch.

13 of 40
Courtesy of Butter Your Biscuit
Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

Deviled eggs can be more than just appetizers, you know. This recipe uses eggs, macaroni, and mustard for a crowd-pleasing pasta salad.

14 of 40
Iowa Girl Eats
Grandpa's Pasta Salad

The ample helping of chopped pepperoni will win over the party's meat-lovers, but it's the secret homemade spice blend that'll bring them back for seconds.

15 of 40
Table for Two
Asian Ramen Salad

You can travel outside the Mediterranean for pasta salad inspiration too — this version uses coleslaw mix and ramen for an Asian take on the summer staple.

16 of 40
Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Rainbow Macaroni Salad

Bring a big batch of this pasta salad to any backyard parties you attend this summer. We have a feeling it'll go fast.

17 of 40
Courtesy of Chelsea's Messy Apron
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Who said pasta had to be Italian? Give it a Southwestern twist with a creamy chili-lime dressing and roasted corn.

18 of 40
Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

David, the foodie blogger behind , recommends making his with your herb garden's bumper crop. Add them to summer recipes like this one or freeze them for a delicious winter entrée down the road.

19 of 40
Spend With Pennies
Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

Party-goers already love spinach dip, so remix those creamy flavors with a pasta salad mash-up. This recipe is actually seasoned with vegetable soup mix for concentrated flavor, without all of the work.

20 of 40
Will Cook for Smiles
Italian Tortellini Salad

A salty trio of salami, capicola ham, and pepperoni puts this cheese-filled pasta dish right up a meat lover's alley.

21 of 40
Love Grows Wild
Perfect Pasta Salad

Traditionalists will love this classic combination: spiral pasta, Italian dressing, salami, cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Pull out your cutting board and get chopping!

22 of 40
A Pretty Life
Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Tomato, cheese, basil — the Italians definitely nailed that flavor combination. Turn the summer appetizer into a heartier side with a box of orecchiette. The bowl-shaped pasta will scoop up the bruschetta for garlicky deliciousness in every bite.

23 of 40
Little Spice Jar
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Go wild and add artichoke hearts, arugula, scallions, and capers to this copy-cat recipe inspired by 's Pasta Amore. If it's still feeling light, blogger Marzia recommends tossing in cooked chicken for a heartier entrée.

24 of 40
Pep and Ebby
Caprese Pasta Salad

It's the pasta version of your absolute favorite panini — cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, fresh-chopped basil, and pesto for the win.

25 of 40
The Girl Who Ate Everything
Pizza Pasta Salad

Turn your go-to pizza toppings into salad add-ins — besides, those mini pepperonis are just too cute to pass up! If you're somehow stuck with leftovers, blogger Christy recommends warming 'em up with marinara sauce for a second meal.

26 of 40
Damn Delicious 
Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus

This pasta dish becomes Instagram-worthy after topping it with a fried egg. Dinner's served!

27 of 40
Johnny Valiant
Paula Deen's Macaroni Salad

"I make my macaroni salad just like I do my potato salad," says Paula Deen. "Warm. It brings out the flavor more, and it's just so good. This has pepper, scallions, and celery for crunch."

28 of 40
Monica Buck
Soba Noodles with Shrimp, Snow Peas, and Carrots

Forget takeout — this quick Asian noodle salad packs all of the flavor and a fraction of the fat compared to its restaurant counterpart.

29 of 40
Gimme Some Oven
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

When the recipe calls for "feta cheese galore," it's hard to go wrong. A simple lemony dressing adds a final, flavorful kick.

30 of 40
Andrew Purcell
Fava-Bean Pasta Salad with Garlic-Scape Pesto

For a lighter version, reduce the amount of Parmesan, pistachios, and olive oil and substitute in low-fat feta. But no judgement if you stick to the original portions.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
ссылка xn----htbbbqamuljibcwx0bn.com