13 unique and tasty Summer Pasta Salads

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When the weather warms up, a light and refreshing pasta salad is the perfect addition to any meal.

These 13 summer pasta salad recipes are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, heading to a picnic, or just looking for a quick and tasty dinner, these recipes are sure to please your family and guests.

Summer pasta salad recipes

Unique Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

Scan the list and see which of these you’ll be serving up next!

13. Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar pasta salad
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Here is a perfect summer pasta salad that has some added protein in the form of grilled chicken.

You can omit the chicken for a vegetarian option.

This salad has the crunch of croutons and crisp lettuce along with the tasty zing of Caesar dressing.

Click here to get the recipe from LittleSunnyKitchen.com

12. Greek Orzo Salad

Greek orzo salad
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A tasty summer salad made with orzo pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion, all tossed in a tangy lemon dressing.

It is perfect for a light lunch or picnic.

Want to follow a recipe? Click here to get this one on LittleSunnyKitchen.com

11. Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

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Want a refreshing summer salad with a creamy texture that is sure to have your guests asking, “Where did you get the recipe?”

You can tell them you got it from “An Italian In My Kitchen.com”

It has a variety of veggies (like carrots and tomatoes), plus mozzarella and of course the pasta. And top it off with the creamy dressing.

10. Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese pasta salad
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What do you get when you combine pasta, cherry or grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and a balsamic glaze?

Well you get a quick and delicious dish that is great for any summer gathering.

Click here to get the recipe from SpendWithPennies.com

9. Pesto Pasta Salad

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A flavorful and easy-to-make salad with pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach or arugula, and a homemade or store-bought basil pesto.

It’s great for picnics and potlucks.

If you want to follow a recipe that has lots of positive comments, check this out from CookieAndKate.com

8. Shrimp Pasta Salad

Here is a pasta salad that has protein from the shrimp, so not only will seafood lovers enjoy this salad, it will help fill them up too.

This particular recipe from TheLilyPadCottage.com doesn’t have many vegetables (besides celery), but you could experiment with adding different veggies like red onions or even a few leaves of arugula.

7. Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean pasta salad
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Mediterranean salad is a hearty and colorful salad with pasta, tomatoes, olives, red onions, and a tangy vinaigrette.

It’s a great option for a summer lunch.

Lisa from CookingWithCurls.com shares her recipe here. (And a good addition to the recipe would be artichoke hearts.)

6. Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad

strawberry feta pasta salad
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Want a unique and refreshing summer salad?

Try this strawberry and feta pasta salad coated in a balsamic glaze.

This is great option if you have friends coming over who are eager to try new things.

Click here to get the recipe from LifeLoveAndSugar.com

5. Summer Vegetable Pasta

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With this recipe, Holly from SpendWithPennies shows you how to combine a bunch of garden vegetables with cheese, pasta and vinaigrette dressing to create a refreshing salad that not only tastes good, but also allows you to use up veggies from your fridge or garden.

4. Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna pasta salad
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A classic cold pasta salad with tuna, celery, red onion, and some other simple ingredients to create a satisfying and easy dish for hot summer days (that can fill you up too).

You can click here to see how Joanna from JoCooks.com whips up her tuna pasta salad using macaroni noodles.

3. Zucchini Pasta Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Zucchini pasta salad KevinIsCooking website
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Doesn’t this look tasty?

Kevin from KevinIsCooking.com shares his Summer pasta salad recipe that features lots of veggies like zucchini and mini tomatoes, plus it is combined with a cilantro ranch dressing. An interesting twist on an old staple.

Click here to get the recipe.

2. Pineapple Salad Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad from LifeLoveAndSugar.com has some unique flavor combinations. There is the sweetness of pineapple, the spice of jalapenos, and the zing of red onions and cilantro.

If you’re tired of the same old pasta salads, give this one a try.

1. Texas Pasta Salad with a unique dressing

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Here is a colorful pasta salad that features peppers, beans, onions, summer sausage and is coated with a Poblano Lime Vinaigrette.

Plus, Emily from TableAndHearth.com even made it with Texas-shaped pasta!

Click here to get the recipe.

These summer pasta recipes offer a variety of light and refreshing dishes perfect for enjoying during the warmer months.

Serve these up at a picnic or when you have guests over and they’ll appreciate these unique twists on old salads.

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