Pasta Salad Recipes: 20 Picnic Favorites

When you’re preparing for a picnic, you’re on the lookout for side dishes that will “wow” your guests and perfectly capture your favorite flavors of summer, and on a hot day, cool dishes are certainly a great choice. Pasta salads, filled with delicious ingredients and developed flavors are the perfect addition to your menu. With so many options out there, you can create a crowd-pleasing pasta salad from just about anything you have on hand in the kitchen or you can try one of these amazing picnic perfect pasta salad recipes that are sure to be a hit.

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Cajun Chicken Noodle Salad – Use this Cajun Chicken Noodle Salad from Kitchen Sanctuary as a side or main dish and enjoy the kick of Cajun spice, mingled with chili-lime dressing.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad – This wonderfully creamy salad from 4 Sons R Us features cheese, bacon, and all of your favorite tastes from a chicken club sandwich, in cool salad form.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad – You can control the level of spiciness in this yummy Tex Mex Pasta Salad from Life is Sweeter by Design, just by adjusting the type of salsa used in it.

Pizza Pasta Salad – Kids will love eating their favorite pizza toppings in a new way with this Pizza Pasta Salad from About a Mom.

Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad – The addition of chickpeas to this creamy salad with peppercorn ranch dressing from A Virtuous Woman makes it filling, without adding a lot of bulk to the meal.

Pasta, Cheese, & Peas Summertime Salad – Fresh green peas are one of the best flavors of summer and this yummy salad from This Old Gal showcases them perfectly.

Seafood & Corn Pasta Salad – Seafood & Corn Pasta Salad from Merry About Town features imitation seafood, but can be made richer with real crab or lobster meat.

Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – In this salad from 5 Minutes for Mom, the light, fresh taste of lemon over orzo pasta and fresh veggies is a wonderful combination and with no mayo or sour cream is great for outdoor events.

Creamy Bacon Avocado Pasta Salad – Avocado lovers will enjoy this great pasta salad from Daily Dish, featuring avocado, bacon, tomato, and other wonderful flavors.

Easy Tortellini Italian Pasta Salad – Make a hearty meal of tortellini into a filling summer dish with lighter flavors with this tortellini Italian pasta salad from I Heart Naptime.

Classic Pepperoni Pasta Salad – When you think pasta salad, this pepperoni pasta salad from Tastes of Lizzy T is likely exactly what pops into your mind first. Such a timeless classic!

Mexican Pasta Salad Black beans, cheese, avocado, cilantro – Mexican Pasta Salad from Homemade Interest has everything you love about Mexican food, wrapped up in a flavorful dressing.

BBQ Pasta Salad with Tuna – This delicious salad from My Crazy Good Life is a perfect lunch or dinner entrée, besides being a surefire hit as a side at your next picnic.

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad – If you love the flavor of curry, this Simply Stacie’s curried chicken pasta salad is exactly what you came for! Liven up your next BBQ!

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad – Feature the tomatoes and fresh veggies you’ve grown or your best farmer’s market finds in this delicious orzo salad from The Taylor House.

Easy Caprese Pasta Salad – The simplicity of this Caprese pasta salad from Dana Vento certainly doesn’t mean that it lacks flavor! It will vanish from the table in no time at all.

Italian Pasta Salad – This salad from Springmount 6 Pack is a dream come true for those who love Italian flavors like pepperoni, cheese, and olives.

Pasta Salad with White Beans and Asparagus – Asparagus is one of the most iconic flavors of summer and Mashup Mom’s pasta salad showcases it wonderfully, alongside white beans and Feta.

Rainbow Noodle Salad – Combine pasta with beautifully colorful veggies in this Rainbow Noodle Salad from Kitchen Sanctuary.

Taco Pasta Salad – Ground beef, taco seasoning, and cheese combine with freshly cooked pasta to bring a cool take on Taco Tuesday with this recipe from Craft, Create, Cook.


Which of these great recipes will you be adding to your summer table? 

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