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.
Pasta Salad Skewers 1 of 10Pasta 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 10Adding 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 10Make 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 10The 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 10This 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 10This 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 10This 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 10This 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 10This 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 10Crunchy 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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