I’ve always enjoyed pasta and salad so last week when we went to a pot luck we made a pasta salad which was a huge hit. In fact, it was my mum’s favourite chicken pasta recipe and it went down really well. As summer approaches it’s a great time to test out some new pasta salad recipes and so I’ve been busy gathering some fantastic salads to share here on The Inspiration Edit. These are great as side dishes for your summer BBQ or as a tasty lunch idea on a hot day. Enjoy!
If you’re wondering what to put in pasta salads then these fantastic ideas are sure to help!
Easy Pasta Salad Ideas You Will Love
Perfect for picnics, potlucks and BBQs, this BLT pasta salad has the bacon, lettuce and tomatoes you’d expect plus more goodies to take it to the next level!
Caesar Macaroni Salad with a homemade Caesar dressing combines traditional Caesar salad and summer macaroni salad into one picnic side dish.
Easy recipe for the best Tri Color Italian Pasta Salad. This fresh tasting meal only takes 20 minutes to put together from start to finish.
Grape orzo pasta salad combines a hint of sweet grapes with bright lemon juice, savory feta cheese and more. It is the perfect side dish for grilled meats or seafood.
Calling all Buffalo Chicken lovers! This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is spicy and loaded with all the delicious flavors you expect from Buffalo Chicken.
Calling all pickle lovers! This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is a classic cold pasta salad with a tangy twist. Quick and easy to make, this tangy pasta salad recipe is just the thing for serving at those backyard barbecues, summer picnics and taking to potlucks.
This pasta salad is tossed with pesto, cream cheese, and garnished with Parmesan cheese. Perfect for potlucks, BBQ sides, or cold lunches.
Colorful Pasta Salad Recipes
This tortellini pasta salad recipe is flavor-packed and easy to make with cheese tortellini, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, pesto, and basil.
This cool Southwest Pasta Salad, with chicken, pasta, corn, and black beans, is covered in a creamy avocado dressing, and makes a perfect summer side dish. It is like a pasta salad, chicken salad, and taco salad all rolled into one.
This Caprese Pasta Salad, with its summer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves, coated in a red wine vinaigrette and drizzled with a Balsamic Glaze, makes a perfect pasta salad for a picnic, potluck, or summer party!
Sweet, tangy, colorful, and fresh Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad with poppy seeds is ready in under 20 minutes and a great side dish or mains for everyday eats or holiday gatherings.
Here is a delicious pasta salad made with orzo, black beans, corn and fresh bell peppers. Perfect eaten for lunch or as a side dish at dinner.
A simple 4 ingredient Tuna Macaroni Salad that can be thrown together last minute or made ahead. It’s served cold so is perfect for feeding a crowd, or bringing along to a potluck, picnic or BBQ!
This classic pasta salad recipe is always a crowd favorite and so easy to make using creamy Olive Garden Italian dressing.
This Mexican Pasta Salad is the ultimate summer BBQ side dish! Colorful bowtie pasta + juicy tomatoes + black beans pair with a creamy avocado vinaigrette for a salad everyone will love!
This Best Pasta Salad Recipe is made with Homemade Dressing & Roasted Tomatoes! It is the perfect healthy & flavorful make-ahead BBQ side dish full of fresh veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese!
Why not try a 10-minute pasta salad that has bright basil pesto and toasted pine nuts throughout
This Zucchini Pasta Salad in a Lemon Vinaigrette is filled with seasonal zucchini, sun dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Then topped off with a tangy vinaigrette. Make it for your next lunch or side dish to a weekend barbecue.
Easy and delicious Caesar pasta salad perfect for picnics, grilling, potlucks, or to be served for dinner!
Combine two warm weather classics into one easy dish! This cold pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, picnics, and summertime holidays!
Summer Pasta Salad is THE SALAD you should make for all the summer gatherings. This combines pasta cooked to al dente, crunchy vegetables, protein-rich chickpeas, salt feta cheese, and zesty lemon dressing! You will get rave reviews from this delicious pasta salad!
Quick and easy to make and full of all the colours of the rainbow, this rainbow pasta salad is a crowd pleaser!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who specialises in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and taught adults cooking skills. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
This is a great list! Pasta salad is my go-to meal during the summer.
Ah thanks. I’m glad you found this useful.