Summer is here which means bring on the pasta salad! Pasta salad can be enjoyed all year round and is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck, picnic, or party. Or, if you are like me, make a big batch on Sunday and eat it for lunch throughout the week.
Whether you use bowtie, penne, or elbow macaronis, pasta salads are the perfect addition to any menu! They are so many varieties to try.
I have gathered up some of the best pasta salads ever! I dare you not to drool.
But before you dive into the best pasta salad recipes, there’s a few things you need to know about making your pasta salad.
There are many different pastas to choose from. If you start off with the wrong pasta, your pasta salad won’t be the hit of the party! I go in depth on what pastas are perfect for the ultimate pasta salads!
The Best Pasta Salads Ever!
These summer recipes are not only easy to make, but they’re a fun way to shake up your usual meal plan! There are snacks, dinners, and more to complete your summer meal plan.
Creamy Pasta Salad
When it comes to pasta salad, you usually have two choices: creamy or oily. Whether it gets it cream from mayo, greek yogurt, or salad dressing, there’s just something traditional about a creamy pasta salad!
Oil Based Pasta Salad
For an even lighter dish, these pasta salads use oils like olive oil and balsamic vinegar to hold the salad together.
— Italian Pasta Salad with Zesty Dressing from The Salty Side Dish
Pasta Salad with Bacon
Everything’s better with bacon….including pasta salad! Don’t skimp on the bacon. Bring it on!
Pesto Pasta Salads
Another one of my favorite ways to dress pasta salad is with pesto! It’s super simple to make at home and it will taste so fresh.
You can learn how to make your own homemade basil pesto sauce HERE.