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10 Favorite Pasta Salads to Make for Summer Parties

10 pasta salads
I love pasta salads of every kind, but here are ten of my favorites, perfect to take to a summer potluck.

I’m old enough to be able to remember when pasta salad burst onto the U.S. culinary scene, and sadly I’ve come across some pretty flavorless pasta salads since then.  Maybe it’s all those lackluster pasta salads I’ve seen that make me determined to create pasta salads that are truly memorable, and every one of these 10 Favorite Pasta Salads are loaded with flavorful ingredients.  I also like to use less pasta in proportion to the other ingredients, which can make pasta salad into a lower-glycemic dish.  The last few years I’ve been a fan of whole wheat pasta, but some of my salads use Dreamfields Low-Carb Pasta.  You can use either of those in these recipes (or just use regular white-flour pasta if you prefer.)  There’s a big holiday weekend coming up and any of these pasta salads would be well received at a pot-luck or as a barbecue side dish.  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Herbs
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad with Olives and Red Bell Pepper
Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon, Green Olives, and Cucumbers
Whole Wheat Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, Olives, and Basil Vinaigrette
 
Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Kale, Chickpeas, Lemon, and Feta
Whole Wheat Orzo and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta, Olives, and Herbs
Whole Wheat Orecchiette Pasta Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Mushrooms
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Fried Kale, Tomatoes, Olives, Feta, and Pesto Vinaigrette
Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Grilled Zucchini, and Basil

What’s Your Favorite Pasta Salad?

I’m always interested in more pasta salad ideas, so if you have a pasta salad favorite, please let us know about it in the comments!  (Links from other bloggers are welcome; thanks for sharing.)
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6 comments on “10 Favorite Pasta Salads to Make for Summer Parties”

  1. all of your pasta salads sound so tasty! WAY tastier than the boring traditional kind.

  2. Thanks Joanne; I do try to make them interesting!

  3. How wonderful, Kalyn, I have liked a few of your recipes over the last couple of years and it looks like we'll be eating a lot of pasta this summer 🙂

  4. Thanks Ida! And so glad you are enjoying the recipes.

  5. I'm all about pasta salads during the summer and my rotation could definitely use a few new recipes! I'm particularly eyeing the orza salad with grilled veggies. Yum!

  6. Thanks Annalise; Glad you like the recipes!

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