10 Best Summer Pasta Salad Recipes Slideshow

Delicious, easy recipes for a classic picnic staple
Cheryl Sousan

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto Recipe

Michelle Dudas

Believe it or not, but Israeli couscous is a type of pasta, so add that to your list of options when creating a recipe for pasta salad. This salad works well as an entrée paired with soup or crusty bread, as a party dish to pass around, or divided into smaller servings, as a starter course at a dinner party.

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California Asian Pasta Salad Recipe

Anna Costa

This is a dish that will have everyone at the party asking you for the recipe. Infused with Asian flavors from sesame oil and soy sauce, it has a touch of California as well, tossed with avocados and a raspberry-flavored vinaigrette. 

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Creamy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Cheryl Sousan

The creaminess in this recipe isn't as bad as you think. Only ½ cup of mayonnaise is added to the dressing, along with Italain dressing, mustard, and lemon juice, for a silky and flavorful dressing. 

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Pasta Salad in a Jar Recipe

Jamielyn Nye

This is an incredibly easy pasta salad recipe, using a few key vegetables and premade Italian dressing to put it together. Even better, it's prepared in individual jars to make it easy to serve guests. 

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Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

Patricia Stagich

The secret to this pasta salad is in a jar. Marinated roasted red peppers with olive oil and garlic add tons of flavor to an otherwise bland pasta salad.

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Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Andrea Correale

Bright and colorful, this pasta salad is filled with lots of summer's best ingredients, including tomatoes, cucumbers, and asparagus. A dressing made of sesame oil, soy sauce, and vinegar is easy to put together but add a lot of flavor.

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Jamielyn Nye

This recipe packs a lot of flavor, with pesto and feta cheese, and it's also a healthy meal, made with whole-wheat pasta and chicken. 

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Pasta Salad Skewers Recipe

TheEntertainingShoppe.com

This recipe makes pasta salad even more perfect for entertaining, serving it on handheld skewers. The folks fromTheEntertainingShoppe.com chose to include cheese-filled tortellinis to make it extra flavorful.

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Lemon Shrimp Orzo Recipe

Chef Chris Henry

This pasta salad is fresh, bright, and flavorful. Chopped dill, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese add bursts of flavor, while a dressing of champagne vinegar and lemon juice complement the shrimp. 

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Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Spinach, Grapes, and Parmesan Recipe

Michelle Dudash

The beautiful balance of sweet, sour, and salty tastes comes through in this simple salad. You might want to make a double batch and enjoy leftovers the next day, since hearty spinach stands up to the light lemon vinaigrette.

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