Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

If it’s summer, it’s time for pasta salads! Check out 8 favorite pasta salads that are perfect for all the summer parties, BBQs, camping trips, or any time you want a delicious summer salad.

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Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

Creamy ranch pasta salad with crispy bacon, sweet green peas, and smoked cheddar cheese is a cool and creamy pasta salad recipe for summer.

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Italian Pasta Salad

This easy Italian Pasta Salad has a tangy homemade dressing and all the Italian-style ingredients like pepperoni, ham, olives, mozzarella cheese, and rotini pasta. Make it ahead, and the leftovers keep well, too!

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Sesame Noodle Salad

This sesame noodle salad is ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s a great side dish or light dinner for the summer and so, so easy to make. It has lots of noodles, rotisserie chicken, cabbage, and green onions tossed together with a quick and easy sesame peanut sauce.

greek tortellini salad

Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek tortellini pasta salad is an easy recipe for a light dinner or a side dish. it’s loaded with fresh Mediterranean flavors like Kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese tossed with a tangy vinaigrette.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Roasted broccoli in a bowl with two serving spoons

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Bacon Roasted Broccoli

This pasta salad has roasted broccoli, fresh cherry tomatoes, tortellini, and bacon, all tossed together in a light lemon and olive oil dressing.

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Orzo Pasta Salad

This orzo pasta salad is light and summery and a great side dish for BBQs and potlucks! It’s full of fresh broccoli, red bell pepper, red onion, and chickpeas and dressed with a lemony Dijon vinaigrette.

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

A fun twist on a traditional BLT, this salad has a creamy mayo dressing, crispy bacon, and sweet cherry tomatoes.

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Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad is loaded with veggies and chicken for a delicious side dish. Plus, it’s so easy to make!

I hope you give a few of these pasta salad recipes a try this summer!

Happy cooking,


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