Pasta salad recipes are a staple in our home. There’s so many different ways to prepare pasta recipes for side dishes, main dishes, and even dinner recipes that don’t require heating! During the summer with fresh vegetables from the garden and all year round, these are the best pasta salad recipes!
The Best Pasta Salad Recipes!
Let’s get right to it! Here are some of the best pasta salad recipes. I hope you find a few that you really enjoy, let me know about your favorite pasta recipes and salads in the comments!
Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad | Caprese salads are one of my favorite flavor combinations. This combines the delicious flavors of a classic caprese with chicken and pasta for one of the best pasta salads ever.
The Best Pasta Salad | It’s in the title. What more is there to say?! A classic pasta salad recipe that has a name to match it’s winning flavors. This is a great one for parties and backyard BBQ’s.
Pasta Salad with Pineapple Dressing | Give your next pasta salad recipe a little Hawaiian kick with this tasty pineapple dressing. It’s a new take on a savory dish that is fresh and screams “summer” to me!
Broccoli Pasta Salad | If you love broccoli salad you have to give this pasta salad recipe a try. It’s a great blending of those two salads in my opinion. My sister makes her pasta salad this way and I love it! So good and the broccoli adds a nice crunch.
Ham and Tomato Pasta Salad | Adding a little protein to your pasta salad recipes is a great way to make them into a whole meal that travels well. If you have sporting events or kids who need to eat on the go, this a great choice. Not too many crazy flavors and it’s packed with stuff they’ll actually enjoy eating!
Ultimate Fresh Tuna Pasta Salad | Tuna in pasta salad was new for me but once I gave it a try I was hooked! It’s a great cold dinner recipe that doesn’t require reheating so it’s nice on those warm summer days when no one wants to heat up the house by cooking or eat anything too heavy.
Tortellini Pasta Salad | My husband is a big fan of tortellini pasta so we love making pasta salad recipes that include tortellini! This one is quick, easy, and perfect for the whole family.
Raspberry Chicken Pasta | This pasta recipe has a great poppy seed dressing that is so light and flavorful, it’s a great recipe for summer! Fruit and chicken go so well together that you won’t know if you should jump for joy or grab another forkful!
Greek Pasta Salad | Probably one of my favorites on the best pasta salad recipes list is this Greek pasta salad. It’s so tasty and tangy, it combines all my favorite elements of Greek flavors into one tasty pasta recipe.
Macaroni Salad | A staple of the summer! If you don’t already have a macaroni salad bookmarked this is a great one to try. You can whip up a batch of this salad for next to burgers, hotdogs, and other BBQ staples. It’s so creamy and delicious everyone will love it.
Cool Cucumber Pasta Salad | When the cucumbers get ripe in the garden they all seem to do so at once. When that happens I start looking for ways to use them. This cool cucumber pasta salad is a great choice. It’s so refreshing for the summer but tastes great year round as a side dish or a light lunch.
Salmon Pasta | Don’t let the salmon fool you, this pasta salad recipe is quick and easy to make. The salmon is a wonderful protein choice because it holds up well and takes on so many flavors easily. This salad recipe only tastes better after a day or so in the fridge. SO yummy!
Pesto Pasta Salad | If you like pesto this is the pasta salad recipe for you! A cool and refreshing way to serve up some pesto magic in a bowl!
Puerto Rican Style Creamy Pasta Salad | Not all pasta salad has to have an Italian based dressing. This Puerto Rican style creamy pasta salad is anything but ordinary. You can make a batch for your next party or event or meal prep for lunches and dinners this week!
Honey Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad | The sweet and tangy dressing on this pasta salad recipe makes it excellent for the whole family. No matter what flavors you are looking for this tasty pasta recipe has got you covered.
How do you like to serve pasta salad recipes?
To be honest we eat them in a variety of ways. Pasta recipes are great when you form them into salads. You can eat them for a quick lunch on their own or pair them with other side dishes for an easy to prep dinner.
Another option is to make a variety of pasta salad dishes so that everyone can set up their lunch containers for the week. Much like salad jars these pasta salad recipes will travel well and can be kept in the fridge for a week without going bad quickly or losing their flavor.