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.

How to Make Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a no-brainer for potlucks or other occasions when you're asked to bring a course or side dish. It's simple to make, easy to transport, and can be prepared ahead of time. And since pasta salad lends itself so easily to ingredient substitutions or additions, creating a "signature" salad is a breeze.

Three-Cheese Orzo Salad

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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.

Fontina Melon Salad

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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.

Layered Spinach and Pot Sticker Salad

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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

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Angel Hair Pasta Salad

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

Vegetable and Pasta Toss

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

Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

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No salad says "summer" better than this one, complete with fresh tomatoes, corn, and chicken.

Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad

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Pasta salad doesn't have to be a creamy, fatty dish. This light Italian bean and tomato take on the summer picnic staple is proof.

Pass-The-Peas Salad

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This fresh pea pod side salad tossed with horseradish-mustard dressing makes enough for a crowd. Plus it can be made up to one day before serving.

Chilled Spinach Couscous

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This cold pasta side salad would pair well with hot, grilled beef or pork.

Spaghetti-Corn Relish Salad

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Turn ordinary spaghetti into pasta salad. Toss pasta with corn cut from the cob, cucumber, summer squash, and celery. Then splash on mustard-spiked cider vinegar dressing.

Total: 30 mins

Greek-Style Pasta Salad

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In this refreshing main-dish salad, tuna and feta cheese are arranged on bow tie pasta that's been tossed with a tangy mint and oregano vinaigrette.

Smoked Turkey and Pasta Salad

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Honey-mustard dressing coats a colorful melange of pasta, smoked turkey, cheese, and cucumber.

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