It is FINALLY starting to warm up here in NJ and I am so excited to get back to grilling season. Equally as important as those burgers, ribs and hot dogs are the side dishes you serve up. We all know this girl right here loves pasta so today I’m sharing with you 5 Easy Summer Pasta Salads that are my favorites!
We have had SO much rain & dark days lately in NJ that I think all of us are ready for Summer and soaking up some sun. I am looking forward to the kiddos being home from school, trips to the beach, hanging by the pool and of course GRILLING SEASON baby! Fire up the grill, throw on your favorite eats then make one of these insanely delicious 5 Easy Summer Pasta Salads to serve on the side.
I think pasta has to be on of the most versatile ingredients. You can serve hot or cold, hearty or light, veggie packed or with meats… truly the “pastabilities” are endless! All 5 of these recipes are easy to make, full of great flavor and always a big hit when I serve them! My Antipasto Tortellini Salad, Lemon Basil Pasta Salad, Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad, Italian Pasta Salad and Italian Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad are all winners in my book!
Really simple ingredients but the flavor is spot on and look at those wonderfully bright colors!
Clearly I love the red, green and white color combo but this one is so fantastic too! The really simple lemon basil dressing is AMAZING and would be perfect on grilled chicken and shrimp too!
Super fun pasta shape, olives, artichokes, pepperoni, tomatoes, roasted peppers and Italian dressing. A family favorite for sure!
Who doesn’t love a tomato & mozzarella salad? It makes for a great pasta salad too. Tossed with sliced black olives and lots of fresh basil pesto.
Notice a pattern? I can’t help but gravitate towards my favorite Italian flavors. This one starts with delicious cheesy tortellini then tossed with some of my antipasto favorites. Fresh mozzarella, artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoni, salami, sun dried tomatoes and fresh tomatoes. Perfection!