Looking for the perfect summer dishes? Dive into our roundup of 13 scrumptious pasta salad recipes! From classic Italian pasta to fun-filled tortellini and more, find the perfect match for BBQs, picnics, or a light dinner. Simple, flavorful, and totally irresistible, your perfect pasta salad adventure starts here!

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As the heat rises and the days grow longer, our focus shifts towards light, nourishing meals that not only satisfy our cravings but also keep us cool. Our hand-picked selection of pasta salad recipes is brimming with bold flavors, fresh ingredients, and the carefree spirit of summer. These easy-to-follow recipes are perfect for a sun-drenched picnic, a backyard BBQ, or a simple family lunch. So, grab your favorite pasta shape and let’s dive into the culinary essence of summer together!

Whether you are looking for the best versions of the classics like Macaroni Salad and Italian Pasta Salad, or you want to try something a little different, we’ve got you covered.

Spicy Thai Pasta Salad

4 hrs 15 mins

Spicy Thai Pasta Salad is hot, tangy, and inspired by the flavors of Thai cuisine. You’re going to love this dish!

1. Thai Pasta Salad: Try something completely new with our Spicy Thai Pasta Salad. This recipe is such a huge hit. We always have to double or triple-batch this every time we make it. Forget tiny, small portions, you are going to want a heaping helping of this one. If you want to make this a more hearty main dish, you can even add shredded rotisserie chicken. 

2. Pesto Pasta Salad is a charming balance of textures and tastes. With fresh veggies and a delicious homemade pesto, prepare for the colorful palette of this salad to make your dining experience truly delightful.

3. Cowboy Pasta Salad is the kind of hearty meal that will fill you up on a hot day! Filled with ground beef, cheese cubes, bacon, beans, corn, and a flavorful homemade dressing, you definitely won’t walk away hungry.

4. BLT Pasta Salad combines the classic taste of a BLT sandwich with the heartiness of pasta for a delicious and satisfying meal.

5. Lemon-dill Orzo Chicken Pasta Salad has something for everyone – a flavorful blend of tender chicken, hearty orzo pasta, and fresh veggies, all tied together with a tangy lemon and dill dressing. This is the perfect companion for your summer picnics or family gatherings.

The Best Macaroni Salad

20 mins

Our Macaroni Salad is light on the mayo and heavy on the flavor. We claim the best in town so you can serve it up at every summer barbecue and potluck knowing you’ve got the best in show.

6. Macaroni Salad is a beloved classic in the world of pasta salads. Its base, the humble elbow macaroni, serves as the perfect canvas for a myriad of flavors and textures. Bathed in a creamy dressing, often a tangy combination of mayonnaise and mustard, the macaroni is joined by a medley of fresh ingredients. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or venture into creative variations, the charm of macaroni salad lies in its comforting familiarity paired with the opportunity for personalization.

Bring on the ranch!

7. Cilantro Ranch Pasta Salad is light, refreshing, and totally delicious. It is so easy to make ahead and eat throughout the week, and is a fun way to switch up your pasta salad game! Perfect for potlucks, picnics, and backyard barbecues.

8. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is a culinary masterpiece that perfectly balances the savory goodness of chicken and bacon, the refreshing crunch of fresh veggies, and the indulgent creaminess of homemade ranch dressing. This is simply irresistible.

9. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: Crunchy bacon meets smooth cheddar cheese while vibrant peas and olives bring a refreshing twist to this bacon ranch pasta salad. Topped off with a creamy, homemade ranch dressing, this dish proves that salads can indeed be the star of the show.

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

20 mins

Classic Italian pasta salad is filled with chilled rotini, plenty of veggies, mozzarella cheese, and our homemade Italian dressing.

10. Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect companion for those sun-soaked days. We’ve taken the essence of all seasons and blended it into a dish that’s an undeniable summer star. Effortless to assemble yet delivering on bold flavors, it’s the ideal dish to serve as an appetizer, side, or even a light main course. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, and barbecues.

11. Italian Orzo Pasta Salad: Experience a delightful twist on a classic with our Italian Orzo Pasta Salad, an embodiment of summer indulgence with a unique texture and flavor profile. Orzo, an oft-overlooked pasta shape, is the star of this dish. Resembling large grains of rice, orzo provides a distinctive mouthfeel, lending a silkiness that beautifully complements the crispness of the fresh vegetables. This tiny pasta is an exceptional flavor carrier, each piece cradling the zesty homemade Italian dressing, ensuring an explosion of flavor in every bite. It’s the same symphony of ingredients you love—ripe tomatoes, tangy pepperoncini, and savory pepperoni—all harmoniously intertwined with the delicate orzo.

12. Italian Couscous Salad: At the heart of this dish is couscous, tiny pearls of pasta that are not only quick to cook but also perfect for soaking up the zesty homemade dressing, offering a pleasantly soft and satisfying mouthfeel. We’ve paired the couscous with creamy mozzarella, briny olives, robust salami, and the gentle kick of pepperoncinis, creating a lively medley of flavors that is simply irresistible.

13. Tortellini Pasta Salad, a playful yet satisfying spin on the conventional pasta salad. This dish takes you on an irresistible flavor journey, with cheese-filled tortellini at the core, offering a delightful surprise in every bite. Paired with Italian salami and an abundance of fresh, crunchy vegetables, it’s a vibrant, texture-rich experience.

And that’s a wrap on our journey through the wonderful world of summer pasta salads! We hope you’ve found some tasty inspiration and are ready to get your pasta game on. These recipes aren’t just about tossing ingredients together; they’re about soaking up those summer vibes and making some awesome food memories. Whether you’re all about the classic Italian pasta salad, keen to explore the unique textures of orzo and couscous, or can’t resist the cheesy goodness of tortellini, there’s a recipe here with your name on it. So, grab that apron, turn up your favorite cooking tunes, and let’s make this a pasta-tastic summer. Happy cooking, folks!

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