Jun 22, 2020

Easy and Healthy Cold Pasta Salad Recipes

5 easy and light pasta salad recipes for your next summer barbeque.

Almost everyone, even kids, like cold pasta salad. I mean, just about everyone loves pasta, and salads are like a summer essential. So who wouldn't love pasta and salad mixed together?  Okay, picky kids might actually just pick at pasta salad, but I have them covered too with these fun healthy summer dinner recipes for kids.

Chances are, you have ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator right now that you can use to make a quick easy pasta salad. 

You can make a tasty simple pasta salad using pasta, veggies, and maybe some cheese and olives if you have them on hand. And dressing. Either a quick homemade Italian dressing or even a bottle of salad dressing will work fine.

That's really how to make pasta salad. Pasta and other yummy stuff you have around. And the salad dressing. Oil and vinegar can do just fine in a pinch.

What Kind of Pasta is Best to Use In Pasta Salad Recipes?

Just about any pasta works great in pasta salads. Short pasta like penne, rotini, and farfalle are my favorites because they seem to grab and hold the spices and salad dressing the best.

Do I Need To Rinse Pasta First Before Making Pasta Salad?

Definitely rinse pasta after cooking it if you are using it to make a cold pasta salad. Rinsing cooked pasta will help cool off the pasta, which keeps the pasta from sticking together when you make the salad. Plus, if the pasta is still warm when you start tossing it with vegetables, you will end up with warm mushy vegetables in your pasta salad. Cold pasta is best when making pasta salad.

What To Serve With Pasta Salad?

Almost anything goes with a cold pasta salad! Our favorite is grilled or baked salmon. But anything will taste delicious paired with pasta salad - hot dogs, grilled chicken, easy veggie burgers, and definitely garlic bread (yum!) 

A cool refreshing summer mocktail would also pair nicely with pasta salad - if you are looking for a non-alcohol drink option.

Simple Healthy and Easy Pasta Salad Recipes For Summer BBQS

Gluten-Free Italian Pasta Salad 

One of the best gluten-free pasta salad recipes ever, this easy side dish is made using gluten-free pasta, spicy pepperoni, cucumber, Roma tomatoes, and black olives. 

Drizzle or Drench the pasta salad ingredients with a zesty homemade gluten-free Italian salad dressing everyone will love!

Dinner Then Dessert

Easy Cold Pasta Salad Recipe (Delicious and Classic)

Ah, what we all need this summer - a truly simple pasta salad that will feed a crowd of hungry guests. This creamy pasta salad is made using tri-color pasta, fresh veggies, spiral pasta, tomatoes, and black olives.

A yummy classic pasta salad recipe perfect for adding in ingredients that are family favorites, like chicken, peas, cheese, and salami. 

Or just enjoy the simpleness of this dish as is.

Gal on a Mission

Classic Italian Pasta Salad With Italian Dressing

My absolute favorite pasta salad ingredients are olives and cheese. Gotta have them. This easy pasta salad with Italian dressing recipe is full of flavor and plenty of favorite classic pasta salad ingredients like black olives, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, salami, red onion, and tangy spices. 

The Recipe Critic

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad 

Rotisserie chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh avocado, and feta cheese are covered with a delicious quick homemade lemon-herb dressing in this savory summer lemon chicken pasta salad recipe

Just add some warm garlic bread or rolls, and this yummy healthy chicken pasta salad can easily be served as a main course. But this is easily one of the best pasta salads for summer picnics as well!

 Mediterranean Pasta Salad With Homemade Lemon Dressing

If you try any new pasta salad recipe this summer, please oh please, try this Mediterranean pasta salad. I think you will love it!

It is made using yummy goodness like fresh arugula, tomatoes, English cucumber, avocado, and feta cheese. 

All these incredible pasta ingredients are gently mixed with an easy delicious homemade lemon dressing - everyone is going to ask you how you made the salad dressing, it is that good!   

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