8 Best Ever Pasta Salad Recipes

As warm summer weather approaches, it's time to dust off the patio furniture and prepare for outdoor barbecues and parties. Right next to barbecue chicken, one of the most iconic cookout foods is of course, fresh pasta salad. While pasta salad is normally a bit blasé and lacking in flavor and fresh ingredients, we've curated a top-notch list of simple, yet delicious pasta salad recipes.

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There are plenty of ways to dress up a pasta salad. In some of our recipes for pasta salad, we've added pepperoni, bacon, and kielbasa polish sausages to make them the center of a hearty meal. We also have included recipes that use a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs to help boost flavor. Not to mention, adding fresh ingredients helps make these pasta salad recipes a healthy side to any grilled meat. For even more healthy options, many of these recipes also use a light vinaigrette dressing instead of heavy mayonnaise-based dressings.

Pasta salads are not only easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser, but they are easy to pack and are great for picnics and potlucks. So, check out some of these recipes and make pasta salad a part of your next party. Tricolored spiral pasta are some of our favorites kind of pasta to use, but penne and bow-tie pasta are also easy to eat and are perfect for pasta salads. These recipes are full of flavorful ideas to help you choose what to mix in with your favorite pasta.   

Artichoke Pasta Salad Recipe

This flavorful pasta salad is full of healthy ingredients and is perfect for any potluck or party.

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Kielbasa Pasta Salad Recipe

The sausage adds wonderful flavor and heartiness to this main-dish pasta salad.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.