10 Pasta Salads for a Lighter Summer

By Lauren Bellatti on July 26, 2016

No picnic or backyard barbecue is complete without a killer pasta salad! We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite lightened-up recipes to help you celebrate summer in oh-so-slim style.


Asian Noodle Salad

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Fresh ginger and toasted cashews add a layer of richness to the variety of vibrant veggies that compose this Asian noodle salad.

Ree Drummond


Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Accented with tangy bits of feta and Kalamata olives, this pasta salad will transport you straight to the Mediterranean.

Ali Ebright


Mandarin and Spinach Pasta Salad with Teriyaki Dressing

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This zesty Teriyaki vinaigrette may become your new addiction.

Tiffany Azure


Southwestern Pasta Salad with Chipotle-Lime Greek Yogurt Dressing

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Balancing spicy and sweet, this pasta salad explodes with Southwestern flair.

Monique Volz


BLT Pasta Salad

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This reimagined classic is sure to be a crowd-favorite at your next backyard barbecue.

Holly Lofthouse


Caprese Orzo Salad

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Ribbons of basil, bursts of fresh tomatoes and creamy mozzarella marry to transform this simple salad into a star side.

Five Heart Home


Strawberry and Avocado Pasta Salad with Balsamic Glaze

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Bright hues of strawberry and avocado make this salad a summer stunner.



Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad

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Make the most of farmers' market ingredients by pairing them with cheesy tortellini to create an irresistible mosaic of colors, textures and flavors.

Averie Sunshine


Broccoli Pasta Salad

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Tart cranberries and buttery almonds make this broccoli pasta salad a delicious delight.

Tiffany Skidmore


Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

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Thrifty and savory, this Greek grilled chicken salad bolsters flavor (and your budget) with each bite.

Budget Bytes