20+ Picnic-Ready Pasta Salad Recipes

There's nothing like a cool, refreshing pasta salad to kick off summer. Bring these ones to your next picnic – they're sure to be a hit.
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Veggie Lover's Pasta Salad

veggie lover’s pasta salad

Don't let the phrase "veggie lovers" fool you – this pasta salad is chock full of salami! But the real stars of the dish are the heaps of broccolini, bocconcini, and basil. Talk about guilt-free indulgence!

Recipe: Try our Veggie Lover's Pasta Salad

Enlightened Pasta Salad

enlightened pasta salad

It's creamy. It's tangy. And best of all, it's good for you! This yum-o pasta salad is big on secret ingredients like plain Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and multigrain pasta. Feel free to dig in at your next picnic!

Recipe: Try our Enlightened Pasta Salad

Pistachio Pesto Pasta Salad

Pistachio Pesto Pasta Salad

You won't find many pasta salads with more flavor than this. With fresh basil, feta cheese, arugula, and lemon zest, this dish is a full-out party on your plate (and in your mouth!)

Recipe: Try our Pistachio Pesto Pasta Salad

Green Bean Pasta Salad

green bean pasta salad

The great thing about this pasta salad? You can overload it with veggies, meaning you don't have to add as much pasta. Helloooo low-carb treat!

Recipe: Try our Green Bean Pasta Salad

California Cobb Pasta Salad

California Cobb Pasta Salad

This one's for the flavor-cravers! Tossed with bacon, blue cheese, avocados, and balsamic vinegar, this cold pasta dish is sure to get your mouth watering.

Recipe: Try our California Cobb Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad with Melon

pasta salad with melon

Go for a sweet and savory pasta salad if you're in the mood for something different! Cantaloupe and honeydew provide some light freshness, while red onions, dijon, and white vinegar add a little bite. 

Recipe: Try our Pasta Salad with Melon

Cold Pasta alla Norma

Cold Pasta alla Norman

You've had this tangy, eggplant-y pasta dish warmed up; now, meet it's cool and refreshing cousin! It's just as good, and it's a little easier to eat on a hot summer's day.

Recipe: Try our Cold Pasta alla Norma

Zucchini Pasta and Grilled Fish

Zucchini Pasta and Grilled Fish

This just may be the fanciest pasta salad you ever eat. Grill up some uber-tasty red snapper fillets, then chop 'em up and toss 'em in the pasta with garlic, cheese, veggies, and lemon juice.

Recipe: Try our Zucchini Pasta and Grilled Fish

Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Believe it or not, this omnivorous dish tastes even better than it looks! There's nothing like thin, salty prosciutto, crunchy asparagus, and an array of other greens to perk up a picnic.

Recipe: Try our Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

There's no denying it: shrimp and pasta just belong together. For this room-temp take, get your Caribbean on with mango, jerk seasoning, and cilantro. Your guests will be demanding more by the end of the night – trust us.

Recipe: Try our Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

Bob Barker's Summertime Pasta Salad

Bob Barker's Summertime Pasta Salad

Bob Barker's warm-weather dish is all about colors: make it with tri-colored fusilli, red onions, and bell peppers in three different colors. Then, throw in some artichokes and kalamata olives for some extra flavor.

Recipe: Try Bob Barker's Summertime Pasta Salad

Rachael Ray's Sicilian Shell Pasta Salad

sicilian shell pasta salad

Pasta salad meets tuna salad for this filling recipe! Whip up a bowl with a little help from Calabiran chili paste, anchovies, and lots of veggies. 

Recipe: Try Rach's Sicilian Shell Pasta Salad

Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

There's just something extra special about the taste of grilled vegetables. And mixed with cheese-filled tortellini, chopped basil, and red wine vinegar? You can't go wrong with this dish!

Recipe: Try our Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Antipasto Pasta

Antipasto Pasta

If you've got a taste for all things salty and savory, this is the pasta for you. You'll think you've died and gone to heaven when you get a forkful of those artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and roasted red peppers.

Recipe: Try our Antipasto Pasta

Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad

Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad

Who says comfort food has to be served piping hot? Chow down on this deliciously-unique dish hot, cold, or room temperature – either way, you'll be going back for seconds (and thirds!)

Recipe: Try our Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad

Wild West Pasta Salad

Wild West Pasta Salad

Looking for a way to bring some Southwest flair to your pasta salad game? Look no further! Heat things up with jalapeños, red onions, and fire-roasted corn, then cool it down with a spritz of ranch. 

Recipe: Try our Wild West Pasta Salad

Lemon-and-Herb Pasta Salad

Lemon-and-Herb Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is on the cusp of being actual salad thanks to ingredients like arugula, hard-boiled eggs, and pine nuts. Luckily, parmesan cheese, fresh dill, and grated lemon give it alllll the flavor.

Recipe: Try our Lemon-and-Herb Pasta Salad

Health Nut Pasta Salad

Health Nut Pasta Salad

Trying to change your eating habits, but can't quit pasta? With this salad, you don't have to compromise. Whole wheat pasta, feta cheese, herbs, and nuts make for one satisfying low-carb dish. 

Recipe: Try our Health Nut Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

This one's pretty self-explanatory, but add extra flavor-enhancers like grainy mustard, sherry vinegar, and chopped pecans for a super summery salad. 

Recipe: Try our BLT Pasta Salad

Reuben-esque Pasta Salad

Reuben-esque Pasta Salad

We guarantee you (and you guests) have never had a pasta salad quite like this! Fork-ify one of America's favorite sandwiches by mixing chopped pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickles, and thousand island dressing into your pasta. 

Recipe: Try our Reuben-esque Pasta Salad

Fruity Pasta Salad

Fruity pasta salad

Perfect for brunches and showers, this sweet orzo dish is sure to hit the spot. Peaches and tiny mozzarella balls are totally aesthetic, but it's the crumbled bacon that makes the salad truly irresistible. 

Recipe: Try our Fruity Pasta Salad

Tofu Toss Pasta Salad

Tofu Toss Pasta Salad

Don't let the tofu turn you off – this pasta is bursting with flavor! Toss-ins like ponzu sauce, scallions, and lime juice make this picnic fave a can't-miss, even if you're a meat-eater!

Recipe: Try our Tofu Toss Pasta Salad

Tomato & Orzo Salad

tomato and orzo salad

This pasta salad is simple and usually served as a side, but it packs a powerful punch! Secret ingredients like cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar give it a major flavor boost, making it the true star of any meal. 

Recipe: Try our Tomato & Orzo Salad