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5 Quick and Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

It’s officially summertime! That means beach days, barbecues, picnics and lots of fun, outdoor activities to enjoy the beautiful weather. This is where pasta salads come in.

Pasta salad can be made in big batches, making it perfect for potlucks and to take for lunch for the entire week. Most salads do not require a lot of cooking, so you only need to turn the stove on to boil water and cook the pasta. Plus, they’re easy to carry with you wherever you need – all you need is Tupperware and a cooler.

Pasta salads are an essential summertime recipe staple. So we’ve rounded up a series of awesome pasta salad recipes to get you started. Here’s our top five favourites:


Greek Chickpea Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a Greek salad? This simple and delicious pasta salad recipe has olives, feta cheese, and artichoke hearts to make each bite super flavourful. The chickpeas add some protein, making this salad a great choice to take when you’re on the go as a snack between meals or as a quick lunch.

Read more at PBS


Avocado Cold Pasta Salad

Craving something different than traditional macaroni salad? Try this pasta salad recipe that replaces the mayonnaise with creamy avocado.

Read more at Spend with Pennies


Creamy Macaroni Salad

If you’re not watching your calories, or want to bite into something more familiar, try this creamy macaroni salad recipe. It’s familiar comfort flavours make it the perfect side dish option for picnics and barbecues.

Read more at The Comfort of Cooking


BLT Pasta Salad

This rich and flavourful BLT pasta salad recipe is hearty enough to enjoy as a light dinner on super hot summer days. Plus, this pasta salad is mixed with spinach to add some much needed greens.

Read more at Lovely Little Kitchen


Perfect Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe is reminiscent of the types of pasta salad you can get at salad bars in grocery store chains throughout your city. This version adds sliced pepperoni, but you can omit it if you want to keep it vegetarian or want to use this recipe as a simple side dish. You can even substitute in your own favourite meat dish.

Read more at Food.com

What are your favourite pasta salad recipes? Share them with us in the comments below!

Featured image source: Food.com

Ashley Maniw

Ashley Maniw graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Cooking and eating are amongst her many hobbies. Ashley is committed to gluten-free, organic, and clean eating...for the most part. She hasn't met a Doritos flavour that she hasn't liked.

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