Pasta salad is the ultimate summer side dish. No wonder it makes an appearance at every BBQ and potluck in the warm months, it’s a crowd favorite. There’s the classic Italian pasta salads and macaroni salads, but that’s not all. There are many flavorful varieties of pasta salad that everyone should try at least once! Here are 17 delicious pasta salad recipes perfect for summer!
1. Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad With Pesto, Avocado, and Tomato
Whip up a 10-minute meal packed with flavor, protein, and veggies! This chicken pasta salad with pesto is loaded with tomatoes, avocado, and red onion. Every bite is like a circus of flavors. If you’re looking for a nutritious salad for your lunches or potlucks, this chunky chicken pasta salad recipe will be one of the best options in your arsenal.
2. Italian Pasta Salad
This is the classic Italian pasta salad recipe made with pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and fresh mozzarella cheese. This pasta salad is a great summertime dish and pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, oven-roasted salmon or simply with sandwiches.
3. The Best Creamy Pasta Salad
The absolute BEST Creamy Pasta Salad made with broccoli, cucumbers, olives, cheese, red onion, red pepper, and broccoli then tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing. This is the perfect pasta salad for parties and potlucks!
4. Ranch Pasta Salad
This easy to make Ranch Pasta Salad will have you the star of your next cookout. It is flavorful and colorful all while keeping it simple. Add some grilled chicken, shrimp, or bacon to make a tasty main meal for the summer. This is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes!
5. Asian Noodle Salad In Peanut Dressing
This Asian Noodle Salad with thinly sliced red cabbage, julienned carrots and radishes in spicy peanut dressing is ideal for picnics, barbecues or a delicious work lunch. The best part is it could be made ahead as it keeps well in the fridge and becomes even more flavourful!
6. Turkey Cranberry Pasta Salad
Have you ever craved Thanksgiving in the middle of summer? If you have, this is the answer! Turkey Cranberry Pasta Salad is loaded with everyone’s favorite holiday flavors. Juicy turkey, sweet tart cranberries, toasted almonds and crunchy celery are mixed with pasta tossed in an easy poppy seed dressing.
7. Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad is a must have side dish recipe! It’s so bright and refreshing, it’s jam packed with veggies and bits of tangy feta, and it’s perfectly satisfying. And let’s not forget it’s practically guaranteed to be a crowd favorite! This is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes to make in the summer.
8. BLT Pasta Salad
Turn your favorite summer sandwich into a pasta salad with this delicious recipe. This bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta salad will be the star side dish at your cookouts and picnics!
9. Macaroni Salad
Quick and easy pasta salad that is always a hit at parties, potlucks and BBQs. Tons of flavor from the pasta, peas, ham, cheese and seasonings!
10. Cajun Pasta Salad
This Cajun Pasta Salad is just so good! Really bursting with flavor. Just a little kick, but nothing too much. Add some chicken or pulled pork to make a delicious meal, or enjoy on the side. I love spicy foods, and there just aren’t enough spicy pasta salad recipes out there. This one is delicious!
11. Easy Pesto Tortellini Pasta
This Easy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad is ready in about 10 minutes! If you’re craving Italian, but don’t want to deal with a hot, messy kitchen, then this recipe is perfect for you. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil never fail to impress!
12. Easy Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad
Change up the regular rotini salads, with this orzo pasta salad. It’s super easy to make and makes a perfect side dish for summer picnics, potlucks, and barbecues! Add some more veggies, and you have a yummy lunch to take to work during the week.
13. BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad
This pasta salad brings the barbecue to the barbecue! It’s dressed with a rich, yummy BBQ mayonnaise sauce, and topped with corn, bell peppers, black beans and juicy chicken breast.
14. Basil Lemon Pasta Salad
Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is a light and refreshing alternative to classic pasta salads. It’s full of fresh flavor and is made in minutes with a few simple ingredients.
15. Asian Ramen Salad
Asian Ramen Salad is quick, easy and full of flavor! It’s the perfect salad to take to a potluck, holiday or summer party. This recipe is super easy to throw together and has a delicious homemade Asian dressing. It’s packed full of cabbage, carrots and crunchy ramen noodles. You can easily make this a main dish by throwing some grilled or rotisserie chicken in it! Perfect for an easy lunch when it’s hot out!
16. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
This buffalo chicken pasta salad has the perfect combination of noodles, crisp veggies, tangy buffalo chicken and a cooling ranch sauce. Topped with creamy blue cheese for an easy summer salad the entire family will love!
17. Cowboy Caviar Pasta Salad
Everyone’s favorite cowboy caviar dip made into an easy pasta salad. Tender spiral pasta noodles, corn, sweet bell peppers, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, avocado covered in Italian dressing and seasonings.