I’ve been on a mission this summer to beat the heat at dinner time! I’m avoiding the oven at all costs and keeping side dishes simple and refreshing.
Summer pasta salad is a great choice for a light and fresh side dish. They last a while in the fridge, so make a big batch and enjoy a little (or a lot!) each night.
Ready to make some cool eats? You’ll find my full recipe for Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad in this slideshow, plus six more easy pasta salad recipes to make — one for every day of the week!
You can turn off that oven and keep things cool with a few no-bake recipes to go with your summer pasta salad. Try these easy no-bake tomato recipes or this melt-in-your-mouth delicious no-bake blueberry crunch cake recipe before summer ends!
1. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Forget deep frying wings in this heat. You can have all the same flavors in this spicy pasta salad.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- 8 ounces farfalle pasta
- 1 cup cooked, diced chicken
- 1/4-1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 1/4-1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1/4 cup grated carrots
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup diced green onions
- Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to a large bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, starting with 1/4 cup of both the hot sauce and ranch. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Before serving, stir the pasta and taste. Add more hot sauce and ranch dressing as desired.
2. BLT Pasta Salad
This BLT Pasta Salad has all the flavors of your favorite summer sandwich! Juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and crunchy bacon, all brought together with macaroni and a simple dressing.
Source: Crunchy Creamy Sweet
3. Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
Summer is here and with it comes an abundance of basil! This Pesto Pasta Salad is loaded with it and tastes amazing.
Source: The Lemon Bowl
4. Smoked Chicken & Mozzarella Pasta Salad
Turn your pasta salad into a full meal with the addition of some grilled chicken. This would be a fabulous lunch any day of the week — at work or even in the kids’ lunch boxes. Find the recipe at The Lemon Bowl.
Source: Willow Bird Baking
5. Sun-Dried Tomato Macaroni Salad
Skip the usual mayo-based dressing in favor of this flavor-packed macaroni salad. Grated Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes make this salad unique. Find the recipe at Willow Bird Baking.
Source: Oh, Sweet Basil
6. Greek Pasta Salad
Fresh veggies, tangy dressing, and chewy pasta are all important in a pasta salad. But the star of this one is the big chunks of feta cheese! Find the recipe at Oh, Sweet Basil.
7. Southwestern Pasta Salad
Your Taco Tuesday just got an update with this Southwestern Pasta Salad. It’s loaded with beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, corn, and cilantro and then tossed in a creamy avocado dressing. Talk about a refreshing, flavor-packed treat to wind down the summer!Budget Bites / Cool & Creamy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad + 6 More Recipes