44 Pasta Salad Recipes You Need to Bring to Your Summer Potlucks

You'll love these flavorful twists on the classic, summer picnic dish.

summer pasta salad recipes

In need of some tasty summer recipes for a backyard cookout? Your guests will love these summer pasta salads that are not only easy to whip up, but are filled with delicious summer ingredients. Plus, try our best-ever potato salad recipes!

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broccolini pasta salad
Brian Woodcock
Broccolini Pasta Salad

Smoked almonds give this traditional pasta salad a little something extra.

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bruschetta pasta salad
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Bruschetta Pasta Salad

This pasta salad mix of tomatoes, basil, and garlic is the perfect addition to a breezy summer night.

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chicekn caesar pasta salad
Valerie's Kitchen​
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

If you're a fan of traditional Caesar salads, add in some pasta noodles for extra filling.

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cheddar macaroni salad
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Loaded with peppers, celery, onions, chunks of cheddar cheese, and elbow noodles, this pasta salad is perfect for an al fresco dinner.

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barbecue ranch pasta salad
Spicy Southern Kitchen
Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad

One bite and you'll fall head-over-heels for these sweet and tangy flavors.

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Tools you'll need: 5-quart pasta pot ($33, )

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The Chunky Chef
Jalapeno Popper Macaroni Salad

This spicy pasta salad will add some kick to your next party.

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Tools you'll need: KitchenAid pasta roller attachment ($59, )

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Spend With Pennies
Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad

Add cucumber to pasta salad to make it taste even more refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Tools you'll need: collapsible colander strainer set ($24, )

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Karina Carrel of Cafe Delites
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad

This fast and easy recipe tastes delicious both cold and warm, which means you can serve it year-round.

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Courtesy of Tastes Better From Scratch
Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

Consider this pasta salad an excuse to eat tortellini when it's hot outside.

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Courtesy of Kitschen Cat
Lemon Balsamic Summer Pasta Salad

Trust us: This tastes just as good as it looks.

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Courtesy of Yellow Bliss Road
Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad

Though the ingredients speak for themselves, what really gives this pasta salad a kick is the dressing, made of blended strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of honey.

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Courtesy of Spend With Pennies
Shrimp Pasta Salad

If you serve this dish at a barbecue or picnic, blogger Holly warns to make sure it stays chilled. "Mayonnaise and shrimp sitting on the table in the hot sun isn't a good idea!" she writes.

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Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad

Avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, and lemon-thyme dressing combine to make this insanely savory side dish.

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Center Cut Cook
Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad

The potent taste of Cheddar, coupled with celery and pepper, creates a sharp, vibrant pasta salad the whole family will love.

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20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

If you have 20 minutes, then you have enough time to whip up this BLT-inspired pasta salad.

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Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Light and refreshing, this strawberry and avocado salad gets a punch of flavor from lime vinaigrette.

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Broccoli Pasta Salad

Get a healthy dose of veggies with this broccoli-filled dish.

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Easy Summer Pasta Salad

This 20-minute pasta salad features feta, basil, artichoke hearts, and cucumbers.

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Spicy Southern Kitchen
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Like Caesar salad? Just add pasta for a creamy, crunchy pasta salad.

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Courtesy of La Creme de la Crumb
Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad

This Asian-inspired take on pasta salad is dressed with teriyaki vinaigrette for a little extra tang.

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Courtesy of Diethood
Apples and Celery Pasta Salad

Add some texture to your salad with crunchy celery, apples, and walnuts—yum!

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Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
Asparagus and Arugula Pasta Salad

Make a spring salad with in-season vegetables like fresh asparagus and peppery arugula.

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Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Throw in juicy strawberries to add some sweetness to your pasta salad.

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She Wears Many Hats
Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad

Those protein-packed black beans will keep you full longer.

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Five Heart Home
Chicken Berry Pasta Salad

Berries are a healthy and summery way to add some sweetness to your salad.

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Wine and Glue
Crab Pasta Salad

Summer is seafood season and this pasta salad is the perfect way to celebrate this tasty time of year.

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Little Broken
Greek Yogurt Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

This healthy dish is rich in taste but light in calories, thanks to creamy Greek yogurt.

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The Recipe Critic
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Sweet and zesty pineapple dressing gives this dish tropical flair.

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Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Pesto Pasta Salad

Fact: it doesn't matter if it's served hot or cold, pesto always goes with pasta.

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