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3 Easy + Tasty Pasta Salad Recipes

SERVE THEM AS A MAIN COURSE OR AS A SIDE DISH

Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Pasta salad is an all-time favorite menu item for backyard barbecues. They're easy, colorful, versatile and they're always a hit. While the classic macaroni salad or Italian pasta salad is a great option, try switching it up with these exciting recipes this summer.

Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad

This orzo salad is summer in a bowl, with bright cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, fresh basil, peaches and jalapeños for a little heat. The simple honey-lime dressing makes it a perfect warm-weather entree or side dish.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This recipe is simple, healthy and delicious. Mix your favorite pasta with avocado, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, red onion, basil and feta cheese and toss with a lemon basil vinaigrette.

Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad

This creamy pasta salad has a Southwestern flair with black beans, corn, cilantro, chicken and red bell pepper. The best part? It's topped with Fritos for a satisfyingly salty crunch.

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