Sharing is caring!

12 Perfect Pasta Salads full of vibrant colors, flavors, and textures. All 12 are the perfect compilation of healthy and hearty and wonderful side dish ideas for any occasion!

12 Perfect Pasta Salads full of vibrant colors, flavors, and textures. All 12 are the perfect compilation of healthy and hearty and wonderful side dish ideas for any occasion!I always spend a lot of time thinking about what I will make for weekend cookouts or picnics. I love trying out new things when I have the time to experiment.  When my family will all be together I take it as an opportunity to sample new recipes and make new creations. These 12 Perfect Pasta Salads are my favorite side dishes I have made over the years.

I think each of these perfect pasta salads deserves a turn in the spotlight (and a spot on your warm-weather dinner rotation), so I’m excited to present the great perfect Pasta Salad roundup. I could seriously make a meal out of these 12 pasta salads. They are the best options for side dishes if you are headed to a potluck or picnic.

Salad recipes are our FAVORITE around here, so this roundup of cold pasta salad recipes fits right in! Whether you need cold pasta salad recipes for a potluck or just looking for a side dish that doesn’t require turning on the oven. Not heating up the kitchen saves me during the hot weather.

Each of these perfect pasta salads will pretty much guarantee you never have to bring leftovers home from a potluck or family party! If you are looking for leftovers, don’t make these!

I hope you get a chance to make each and every one of them. You will not regret it!

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad recipe is the popular combination of bacon, lettuce and tomato mixed with a creamy avocado dressing in this crowd-pleasing side dish!

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad loaded with chicken, cashews, fruit and veggies is my new favorite pasta salad to make for an awesome side dish! It can stand alone as a meal or bring it to a summer BBQ or potluck!

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad

Sausage Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad is a side dish recipe tossed with a creamy, slightly sweet dressing that is perfect for any picnic or BBQ and tastes great every time!

Sausage Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

Chicken Club Sausage Pasta Salad recipe has all the flavors of the classic club sandwich in this easy side dish that is ready in a flash for any dinner or picnic! It is somewhat a cross between a pasta salad and a macaroni salad.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad

An easy and delicious cold Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad with Honey Vinaigrette tastes like an Italian antipasto platter and is loaded with veggies for a great side dish recipe.

Cheese Tortellini Salad

Macaroni Coleslaw Salad is packed with vegetables and pasta and a beautiful combination of your two favorite summer side dishes: coleslaw and macaroni salad! This is a great, easy recipe to take to a potluck or BBQ.

Macaroni Coleslaw Salad

Classic Italian Pasta Salad is a colorful and reliable, go-to pasta salad recipe for spring or summer dinners, parties and picnics.

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

This side dish recipe for Greek Pasta Salad has all of the refreshing flavors of a classic Greek salad with cucumber, olives, and feta cheese. Everyone at your picnic will love this!

Greek Pasta Salad

An easy, yet very delicious pasta salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ, picnic, pot luck, or cook out.

Simple Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe that is great for any BBQ or party where you need to feed a crowd. Easy!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Holiday, Potluck or picnic easy side dish, California Spaghetti Salad has diverse textures & is a great summer salad recipe that tastes even better the next day!

California Spaghetti Salad

Gorgeous Make-Ahead Eight Layer Salad recipe for the most foolproof, colorful salad great for entertaining, potlucks, or summer picnic side dish idea! It is so easy and you can make it ahead of time for a party or Father's Day BBQ!

Make-Ahead Eight Layer Salad

Sharing is caring!