A summer picnic, potluck, or barbecue — these easy pasta salads will be your go-tos. And watch it be the first bowl to go empty. They're packed with a colorful mix of veggies, homemade dressings, and cold pastas.
We seriously cannot get enough of that creamy balsamic vinegar dressing, drizzled over rotini, and fresh veggies.
Dill, mustard, and capers are just a few of the flavors that spice up this easy summer dinner.
Fusili pasta, olives, mozzarella, and red wine vinegar come together in this modern Italian dish everyone will love.
Serve this (almost) no-cook dish when the weather starts getting warm — it's chock-full of fresh flavors like grape tomatoes and red onion tossed with a lemon-flecked spinach pesto.
Take a mini Mediterranean vacation with this simple, six-ingredient recipe. Use penne, orecchiette, or shells for the base and then top with yummy Italian favorites like ricotta and radicchio. Ciao bella!
You might not be able to go to Tuscany for dinner, but this pasta salad made with cheese tortellini, fresh spinach, and salami will make you feel like you're there.
Sun-dried tomatoes, crisp veggies, and salty proscuitto work together effortlessly in a pasta dish inspired by your favorite Italian appetizer.
Sweet and savory come together in this delicious salad made with strawberries, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
Who needs boring salad dressing when you've got creamy avocados and lime juice to add to your pasta salad?
Upgrade your go-to Caesar salad by adding bowtie pasta and grilled chicken. (And plenty of croutons, of course!)
Your lunchtime favorite, now in salad form.
Hit up the farmers' market for seasonal veggies that'll amp up plain old penne or rotini. A homemade vinaigrette with hints of oregano and garlic adds the finishing touch.
Deviled eggs can be more than just appetizers, you know. This recipe uses eggs, macaroni, and mustard for a crowd-pleasing pasta salad.
The ample helping of chopped pepperoni will win over the party's meat-lovers, but it's the secret homemade spice blend that'll bring them back for seconds.
You can travel outside the Mediterranean for pasta salad inspiration too — this version uses coleslaw mix and ramen for an Asian take on the summer staple.
Bring a big batch of this pasta salad to any backyard parties you attend this summer. We have a feeling it'll go fast.
Who said pasta had to be Italian? Give it a Southwestern twist with a creamy chili-lime dressing and roasted corn.
David, the foodie blogger behind , recommends making his with your herb garden's bumper crop. Add them to summer recipes like this one or freeze them for a delicious winter entrée down the road.
Party-goers already love spinach dip, so remix those creamy flavors with a pasta salad mash-up. This recipe is actually seasoned with vegetable soup mix for concentrated flavor, without all of the work.
A salty trio of salami, capicola ham, and pepperoni puts this cheese-filled pasta dish right up a meat lover's alley.
Traditionalists will love this classic combination: spiral pasta, Italian dressing, salami, cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Pull out your cutting board and get chopping!
Tomato, cheese, basil — the Italians definitely nailed that flavor combination. Turn the summer appetizer into a heartier side with a box of orecchiette. The bowl-shaped pasta will scoop up the bruschetta for garlicky deliciousness in every bite.
Go wild and add artichoke hearts, arugula, scallions, and capers to this copy-cat recipe inspired by 's Pasta Amore. If it's still feeling light, blogger Marzia recommends tossing in cooked chicken for a heartier entrée.
It's the pasta version of your absolute favorite panini — cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, fresh-chopped basil, and pesto for the win.
Turn your go-to pizza toppings into salad add-ins — besides, those mini pepperonis are just too cute to pass up! If you're somehow stuck with leftovers, blogger Christy recommends warming 'em up with marinara sauce for a second meal.
This pasta dish becomes Instagram-worthy after topping it with a fried egg. Dinner's served!
"I make my macaroni salad just like I do my potato salad," says Paula Deen. "Warm. It brings out the flavor more, and it's just so good. This has pepper, scallions, and celery for crunch."
Forget takeout — this quick Asian noodle salad packs all of the flavor and a fraction of the fat compared to its restaurant counterpart.
When the recipe calls for "feta cheese galore," it's hard to go wrong. A simple lemony dressing adds a final, flavorful kick.
For a lighter version, reduce the amount of Parmesan, pistachios, and olive oil and substitute in low-fat feta. But no judgement if you stick to the original portions.