Cold Pasta Salads That Will Be a Hit All Summer Long
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.
Give These Fresh, Vibrant Pasta Salad Recipes a Try
Tuna Pasta Salad
Recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad
This fresh spin on fan-favorite tuna noodle casserole will take you through the warm-weather season.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
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.
Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Pasta salad, meet three-bean salad. It's a summertime match made in heaven.
Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
Recipe: Sweet Pea-and-Mint Pasta Toss
Serve this minty side with grilled shrimp for a quick company-worthy dinner. Can't find torcetti? Use cavatappi or gemelli.
Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Recipe: Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Punch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula.
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.
Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad
We love juicy beefsteaks for their sweet, intense flavor. Colorful small tomatoes and any crumbled cheese work well here too.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
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.
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.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
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.
Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
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.
Pesto Pasta Salad
Don't fear this homemade pesto, it will come together in a snap.
Lemony Cucumber-and-Herb Pasta Salad
A bright, lemony vinaigrette paired with a handful of tasty ingredients like cucumber, feta, cilantro, and mint, create one of the tastiest pasta salads you'll ever meet.