20 Cold Pasta Salads That Will Be a Hit All Summer Long

Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Pasta salad is the refreshing dish that will always deserve a spot in our picnic spreads. You can always bet there will be a cool pasta salad on a potluck side dish lineup.

With colorful summer veggies and bright vinaigrettes, these pasta salad recipes will be a hit with your family. Mix and match these fresh, vibrant pasta salad recipes with any summer chicken, beef, pork or seafood dish. These recipes are the ultimate make-ahead food for warm weather. You can pop them in the fridge and pull them out when your hungry summertime crowd starts calling. Some of our cold pasta salad recipes make full meals thanks to the inclusion of proteins like chicken or tuna, while others are prime time sides for seasonal entrees like juicy burgers and fall-off-the-bone ribs. With so many tasty options, you've got cold pasta salad recipes to try all summer long. You're sure to find a new family favorite with these pasta salad recipes.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad

This fresh spin on fan-favorite tuna noodle casserole will take you through the warm-weather season.

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Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette
Hector Sanchez

Recipes: Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Add zing to your salads with fresh dill, or swap it for basil, mint, or parsley. For pasta, try using whole wheat for its earthy, toothsome quality; any kind will do.

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Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Pasta salad, meet three-bean salad. It's a summertime match made in heaven.

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Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad

Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad

Punch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula.

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Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

This versatile pasta pairs with any grilled vegetable, so use what you have on hand or what looks best at the farmers' market.

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Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Julia Levy

Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad

You don't have to use cute little jars for serving, but we think it certainly makes a mighty enticing presentation.

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Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Don't even think about making just one batch of this craveable pasta salad recipe. After the first bite your crowd will be declaring it a new fan favorite.

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Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Two Southern favorites collide in one out-of-this-world pasta salad. There's a reason our Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad is one of the most popular Southern Living recipes of all time.

09 of 20

Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Looking for a walk on the wild side? This pasta salad has bite and is guaranteed to be a hit at your next get-together.

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Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon and ranch are a match made in heaven, and this pasta salad recipe is even further proof.

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Chicken Tortellini Salad

Chicken Tortellini Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken Tortellini Salad

This simple recipe makes use of store-bought ingredients like refrigerated tortellini and rotisserie chicken.

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Tangy Chickpea Pasta Salad

Tangy Chickpea Pasta Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Tangy Chickpea Pasta Salad

This fresh pasta salad recipe sneaks in good-for-you ingredients like chickpeas and eggplant.

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Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham

Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Jen Causey

Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham

This easy make-ahead recipe is similar to the old-school layered salads you remember from Grandma's house.

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Pintos and Peppers Pasta Salad

Pintos and Peppers Pasta Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Pintos and Peppers Pasta Salad

This pasta salad has all the Tex-Mex flavors you love without all the heavy sour cream and cheese.

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Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing

Spring Shrimp-and-Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing

This springy salad is the furthest thing from a sad desk lunch.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

All your fresh summer favorites—heirloom tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and peaches—make an appearance in this colorful recipe.

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Dilly Bean Pasta Salad

Dilly Bean Pasta Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Dilly Bean Pasta Salad

You only need a few ingredients for this bright pasta salad recipe that you can add chicken or shrimp to for more protein.

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Summer Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: Summer Tortellini Salad

Dress up store-bought tortellini with olives, peppers, onion, herbs, and a simple vinaigrette.

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Summer Orzo Salad

summer orzo salad in a blue bowl
Photographer and Prop stylist: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray

Recipe: Summer Orzo Salad

Add leafy greens like arugula to turn this into a main dish-worthy salad.

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Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

This is our Test Kitchen's latest and greatest creation in pasta salad, and you'll make it all season.

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