I LOVE pasta salad. Something about it just screams summer barbecue and family get together. Maybe it’s because every single gathering we’ve ever had involved at least one type of pasta salad, if not more. It’s pretty much the quintessential side dish for parties. Hot or cold, sweet or spicy, there are so many ways to mix up pasta into a tasty side dish. Check out these incredible recipes that I’m absolutely trying out this summer!


Pasta salad just screams summer party, doesn't it? I'm loving these 25 perfect pasta salad recipes! I can't wait to try them all during my backyard BBQs!
Incredible Pasta Salad Recipes to Try this Summer

Ten amazing recipes to get you started:

FYI, every pasta salad recipe on this list looks delicious. These ten just  happened to be the first on my list. I’m not playing favorites!

    1. Healthy Pasta Salad from Divas Run for Bling- With mushrooms, cheddar, and a bit of chicken breast, this pasta salad recipe is definitely a win! Bonus points for bringing a healthier version to the party!
    2. Bacon and Cheese Southwestern Pasta Salad from Dancing Through the Rain- The name says it all! Bacon, cheese and a southwestern kick from the chipotle chili to help spice things up!
    3. Bring a taste of island life with this yummy Hawaiian Macaroni Salad from Cincy Shopper! Think pineapple pizza, except you know, without the dough or the pizza sauce. And with pasta.
    4. Ooooh! Pizza Pasta Salad! YES! This recipe from Served Up with Love combines two of my favorite foods in one easy dish!
    5. This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from My Mommy World is everything you love about a traditional chicken Caesar with the added yumminess of penne pasta!



  1. Don’t forget your vegan friends! They’ll love V Nutrition’s Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad! Who knew ramen could transform into such a delicious dish? I lived on that stuff when I was younger!
  2. Lemon Pepper Pasta from Bunny’s Warm Oven is super high on my to-try list! I love a tart twist of lemon with a peppery kick!
  3. Every party needs this Classic Amish Macaroni Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground, don’t you think?
  4. Served Up with Love’s Pasta Salad recipe is a no-fuss traditional side dish that’s perfect for whipping up last minute.
  5. This Jalapeno Popper Macaroni Salad from the Chunky Chef will REALLY spice things you at your party!

More perfect pasta salad recipes your guests will love

  1. Greek Orzo Summer Salad from Cooking on the Front Burners
  2. Summer Veggie Pasta Salad from Strength and Sunshine
  3. Vegan Avocado Pasta Salad from The Stingy Vegan
  4. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese from OurFamilyWorld (Quinoa counts as pasta, right?)
  5. 6-Ingredient Easy Pasta Salad from Happy Deal Happy Day
  6. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from A Magical Mess
  7. Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese from Heidi’s Home Cooking
  8. Supreme Pasta Salad from Love to Be in the Kitchen
  9. Popcorn Chicken Pasta Salad from Penny Pincher Jenny
  10. Robyn’s Artichoke Pasta Salad from Robyn’s World
  11. Easy BLT Pasta Salad from Dinner with the Rollos
  12. Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad from Homemade Mom
  13. Tropical Chicken Bowtie Pasta Salad from Yummy Healthy Easy
  14. Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad from Lauren Caris Cooks
  15. Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad from I Heart Eating


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