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Try One of These 10 Simple Summer Pasta Salads


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Summer cooking, for me, is about preparing simple, satisfying recipes for my family.  Which means salads of all types, including pasta salads. Pasta salads don’t have to be your Grandma’s pasta salads. Today’s pasta salads are full of the unexpected (like the pasta salad skewers pictured above). We’ve chosen 10 for you that will have you pleasantly surprised. You can find them all after the jump.

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  • Pasta Salad Skewers 1 of 10
    Pasta Salad Skewers
    Pasta salad doesn't have to mean a bowl. These skewers of pasta, tomatoes, spinach, and peppers are a fun way to take the salad to a picnic and beyond.
    Make pasta salad skewers
  • Greek Pasta Salad 2 of 10
    Greek Pasta Salad
    Adding pasta to a traditional Greek salad makes it perfectly portable for picnics. One bite of the delicious combination of pasta salad, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese will have you saying Opa!
    Make Greek pasta salad
  • Lemon Veggie Pasta Salad 3 of 10
    Lemon Veggie Pasta Salad
    Make a big bowl of this lemon veggie pasta salad and divy it up into smaller containers for grab & go lunches for the week. It's great hot or cold. How's that for versatile?
    Make lemon veggie pasta salad
  • Caprese Pasta Salad 4 of 10
    Caprese Pasta Salad
    The iconic Italian appetizer takes pasta form. You'll love the tomato and mozarella in this salad just as much as you do in the original.
    Make Caprese pasta salad
  • Lemon, Pepper, Cali Pasta Salad 5 of 10
    Lemon, Pepper, Cali Pasta Salad
    This salad is light, zesty, and full of veggies and lemony pepper flavor. Serve it hot or cold, up to you!
    Make lemon pepper Cali pasta salad
  • Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad 6 of 10
    Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad
    This patriotic pasta gets its colors from the delicious combination of sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and your choice of pasta. It's perfect all summer long, but especially for the 4th of July coming up!
    Make red white & blue pasta salad
  • Creamy Corn and Fettuccine Pasta Salad 7 of 10
    Creamy Corn and Fettuccine Pasta Salad
    This might be the tastiest, simplest pasta salad ever. The corn, ham, fettuccine, and Parmesan complement each other perfectly, and just a few more simple ingredients really make this salad shine.
    Make simple pasta salad
  • Israeli Couscous Pasta Salad 8 of 10
    Israeli Couscous Pasta Salad
    This salad is full of citrus and zing. It cooks in no time, so it's perfect for when you're stuck in a time crunch. The couscous only needs a few more flavors, like basil, pepper, and lemon, to become a dinner that the whole family will love. This one is great to make the night before and refrigerate.
    Make Israeli couscous pasta salad
  • Broccoli Pasta Salad 9 of 10
    Broccoli Pasta Salad
    This fresh, flavorful, and nutritious broccoli pasta salad will be a hit at any summer get-together. If you do serve it, be prepared to pass out the recipe!
    Get the recipe on DoughMessTic
  • Balsamic Vegetable Pasta Salad 10 of 10
    Balsamic Vegetable Pasta Salad
    Crunchy veggies. Chewy pasta. Tangy dressing. Salty olives. This will have you shouting winner, winner, pasta salad dinner!
    Get the recipe on bran appetit


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