“Crickets are singin’ and lightning bugs are floatin’ on a breeze.” – Jessica Carvin J&Paper
Oh summertime. Sweet, sweet summertime when the days are long and the nights are for cool breezes and catching lightning bugs.
Is there anything better than getting together with friends and family for a BBQ in the summer? Nope, I don’t think so either. I love any excuse to be outside, especially on those cooler summer days because if I am honest I am not a fan of heat.
I am definitely one of those people that complain when it is hot and then am depressed when it is the dead of winter. Yup, that’s me. Okay, back to barbecues and food.
One of my favorite things to eat in the summer is a cold pasta salad. Yum! Unfortunately, my husband refuses to eat pasta salad, so my only time to make these dishes are for a party or BBQ. So basically, I make one of these kinds of salads for every event in the summer. (Judgement free zone here!)
On those hot summer days, the last thing I want to do is be in the kitchen with the oven on making something for dinner. A pasta salad is easy to make, is refreshing and can be kept in the fridge to eat for leftovers. I mean, come on, can you ask for anything more?
If you are looking for a delicious and easy pasta salad to make this summer, then do I have a few recipes for you to try! Each recipe is from other talented bloggers, because I unfortunately have no concept of how to come up with a recipe, and their websites are full of delicious meals for you to check out.
Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad from Budget Bytes
Okay, if you are looking for a classic summer pasta salad then you have to try this recipe. Full of a ton of delicious vegetables, like zucchini, broccoli, red onion and a few more, this salad is perfect for the hot summer. The ingredient list may look long but I promise you, it is so easy to make and also very inexpensive. Beth from Budget Bytes breaks down the cost of each of the ingredients and provides you with lots of pictures at each stage of making this delectable salad.
A must-have for your summer BBQ!
Mediterranean Pasta Salad by Gimme Some Oven
Raise your hand if you love a good Mediterranean salad! I know I do! Actually one of my favorite things to make is a Mediterranean cous cous salad that can be used for a side or a main dish. For this pasta salad, Ali from Gimme Some Oven combines delicious ingredients to create a colorful and yummy salad. Combining feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes and a homemade lemon-herb vinaigrette, this salad has all the traditional tastes of a Mediterranean or Greek salad. Oh, and it only takes about 15 minutes to put together. Win!
Italian Pasta Salad via A Spicy Perspective
Mini mozzarella balls, hard salami pieces and pasta together? A match made in heaven! I could eat this entire salad if someone would let me. Sommer from A Spicy Perspective has named this The Best Italian Pasta Salad Recipe and I completely agree with her. The flavors that she combines for this salad really compliment each other and can be enjoyed for a few days after your BBQ if kept in the fridge. Only taking a little over 25 minutes all together to make, you have to try this pasta salad at your next event!
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Pasta Salad from Baker by Nature
You guys, I might be putting this on the menu for dinner next week and making my husband something else to eat! Ashley from Baker by Nature hits it out of the park with this one. Full of all of my favorites, tomato, basil, mozzarella cheese and a basil dressing, this one is exactly the kind of pasta salad I love and will be a crowd favorite at your next BBQ. Spending only 20 minutes in the kitchen for this on, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days if you have any leftovers!
Creamy Pasta Salad by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Last but certainly not least is this wonderful pasta salad from Mary at Barefeet In The Kitchen! Creamy and simple, this recipe has everything you need from a summer pasta salad. Using fresh ingredients like broccoli, cucumber and red pepper combined with a homemade dressing, this light salad will definitely be a hit at that family gathering you have coming up. (Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the recipe on the website for a simple tip on adding broccoli to a pasta dish!)
There you have it! Five delicious pasta salads that will be perfect for that summer BBQ we all love. Do you have a favorite recipe for a cold pasta salad? Or are you like my husband and not a fan of these salads! I would love to hear from you!