10 Best Summer Pasta Salad Recipes Slideshow

Delicious, easy recipes for a classic picnic staple

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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