Summer Pasta Salad

On hot summer nights, a cold pasta salad keeps everyone cool. These easy recipes offer brilliant alternatives for summer pasta salad, ranging from zesty Italian to vegetarian.

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Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad

Martha Stewart

For a summery take on pasta salad, try this fresh orzo, zucchini and corn blend.

Mexican Corn Summer Pasta Salad

For lunch, dinner, a potluck, or even a party, this Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables is a versatle and satisfying option.

Summer Sensations: Pasta Salad, Every Which Way

Oh, the pain and anxiety of the suburban backyard barbecue: What can we bring that everyone else isn't bringing, too? If you get too creative, you might suffer the shame of packing up your Pyrex with everything still inside. But if you're too boring, you might not get invited back.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad: 30-Minute Meal

Summer means healthy light dinners that don't take a long time to make. That's where Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad comes in. Any recipes that calls for zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and sugar-snap peas virtually screams SUMMER and great light meals at the beach or on the back deck.

Ranch Ham and Pasta Salad

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Turn leftover ham into the main attraction, with plenty of fresh vegetables for crunch and yummy pasta tossed with ranch dressing.

Total: 30 mins

Layered Spinach and Pot Sticker Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Pot stickers add a Far East touch to this delicious spinach salad recipe. Try the strawberry vinaigrette dressing drizzled over grilled chicken or vegetables.

Total: 30 mins

Macaroni Salad

Family Circle

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Loaded with vegetables, this pasta side salad recipe makes enough to take to a potluck or party.

Warm Salmon and Arugula Pasta Salad

Ladies' Home Journal

Need a new way to serve salmon? Try this summery salad. The salmon is served with tomatoes, goat cheese, pasta, and greens to make a healthy main dish.

Total: 40 mins

Fontina Melon Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Make this pasta salad and keep refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving.

Total: 25 mins

Thai Noodle Salad


Fish sauce adds a nice salty touch to this Thai pasta salad. If you can't find it, swap in two tablespoons of chicken broth and one tablespoon of soy sauce.

Three-Cheese Orzo Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

For an easy potluck dish, turn to this quick-to-toss pasta salad recipe packed with veggies. Feta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese make it a triple indulgence.

Zingy Pasta Salad


Penne pasta tossed with corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, celery, and onions in a spicy dressing.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Vegetable and Pasta Toss

Better Homes and Gardens

Double all of the ingredients and take this simple pasta salad to your next potluck. No one will guess it's low in calories.

Farfalle with Spring Vegetables

Food & Wine

Douglas Monsalud of Kitchenette in San Francisco serves hyper-seasonal dishes like this lemony pasta salad with lots of green vegetables and herbs.

Total: 45 mins

Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

For a filling, no-cook meal, make this bright layered summer salad. Its easy to customize this quick recipe to include your favorite in season vegetables.

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