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18 of the Best Pasta Salad Recipes

These easy-to-assemble pasta salad recipes will be a hit at all your summer potlucks and picnics!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion.com
18 of the Best Pasta Salad Recipes

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe during the summer can be a daunting task. There are so many out there to choose from, and if we're being honest, most of them look fantastic. To get past the overwhelming and time-consuming task of scouring the internet, we've done the work for you and collected 18 of the Best Pasta Salad Recipes out there. We hope you agree!

Whether you're looking for veggie pasta salad recipes, pasta salads recipes with meat, or one of the many other creative pasta salad recipes out there, look no further. These irresistible pasta salads will keep people coming back for more, so they'll come in handy for all those summer picnics and potlucks you've got coming up where you need to feed a crowd.

Veggie Pasta Salad Recipes

Basil Veggie Pasta Salad

For the best picks in summer pasta salads, you've come to the right place. Get a healthy dose of vegetables in your life in the yummiest way possible -- with pasta! These easy pasta salads are both packed with veggies and lots of and lots of flavor. From the  Light and Creamy Greek Pasta Salad to the  Taco Pasta Salad and everything in between, these recipes are perfect for impressing at the next potluck you attend.

Pasta Salads with Meat and Seafood

Hot Asparagus, Snap Pea & Avocado Pasta Salad

Alright meat lovers, this section is for you. While pasta is one of the top ingredients on our list of deliciousness, meat and seafood are pretty high on that list too. The pasta salad recipes below pack some serious protein. From chicken and shrimp to ham and turkey (and let's not forget the ever-popular, bacon), these perfect pasta salads are much more than just a side dish. Some of our favorites from the list below include the ​Hot Asparagus, Snap Pea & Avocado Pasta Salad (shown), ​Hawaiian Pasta Salad, and ​Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, but you really can't go wrong with any of them!

Pasta Salads with Fruit

Perfect Pasta Salad with Mandarin Oranges

This section is small but mighty! The pasta salads below include greens and fruit, among other ingredients, and are bursting with amazing flavor combinations. Mandarin oranges and strawberries are the perfect additions to these non-traditional recipes. Get in your fruits and veggies with ease when you make either of these great pasta salads. And, if you have a fruit and veggie pasta salad that you love, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below!

"Summer in Central Virginia is "potluck season," and no gathering would be complete without a pasta salad. My Light and Creamy Greek Pasta Salad is a fresh twist on the classic, with plenty of Mediterranean flavor from fresh vegetables, olives, feta cheese, and Tzatziki sauce!"

Blair Lonergan - The Seasoned Mom

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I love pasta salad recipes. I make my own pasta because I have to eat gluten-free but it is not that expensive to buy for yourself anyway. There is something I really like about cold pasta especially with a nice dressing. I am going to enjoy looking through these recipes. Thanks!

What a great collection of recipes! With the warmer weather comes picnics and potlucks - these will be so helpful to have on hand for all my summer events!

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