31 Mouth-watering Pasta Salad Recipes to Bring to Your Next BBQ

Pasta salad is the perfect addition to any barbecue or family gathering! It’s never out of place, and everyone loves a cool, creamy pasta salad with their burgers, brats, and hotdogs! Of course, you don’t always have to bring the same pasta salad with you; there are so many different ways to make pasta salad, from taco to Greek, to pizza, and beyond! We’ve rounded up our favorite pasta salad recipes from around the web. Go ahead, try them! You’re going to be blown away!


1. Taco Pasta Salad


Who doesn’t love tacos? This pasta salad is super simple to make and has amazing flavor. You’re going to wonder where this recipe has been all your life! Get all the taco taste and the recipe at Who Needs A Cape?

2. Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad


This is a simple, very traditional pasta salad that everyone loves! Yummy bacon, crisp veggies, and grilled chicken make this dish a popular side dish for barbecues! Get the recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction!

3. Five Ingredient Simple Green Pasta Salad


This bold green pasta salad is chock full of yummy healthy ingredients, and it skips out on a heavier mayonnaise or dressing for a vinaigrette! Get the recipe at Pinch Of Yum!

4. Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad


This Greek-inspired take on pasta salad has all the classic flavors you associate with a Greek salad: cheese, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, and of course, olives! Get the recipe at Stuck On Sweet!

5. Favorite Italian Pasta Salad


This Italian pasta salad has lovely salty black olives, soft mozzarella cheese, and savory, spicy chunks of pepperoni. The best part of this recipe is that it’s so adaptable, so you can make it your own! Get the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker!

6. Chicken Berry Pasta Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


This salad is a mix of sweet and savory, and it’s sure to be a big hit at any party, picnic, or family gathering. This is a light side that won’t leave you feeling like you overate! Get the recipe at Five Heart Home!

7. BLT Pasta Salad


This is a classic summer taste everyone loves! All the flavor of a BLT in a quick, easy pasta side dish to take to your next potluck! Get the recipe at Lil’ Luna!

8. Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad


This zesty southwestern style pasta salad is spicy and wonderful, but the best part about it is that it’s not too spicy. It has enough heat to satisfy the spicy-lovers while being mild enough for anyone who doesn’t like spicy food. It’s so good; we’d go so far to say that you could eat it as a quick lunch! Get the recipe at Love Bakes Good Cakes!

9. 6-Ingredient Caprese Pasta Salad


This super simple, light, and delicious pasta salad takes all the traditional flavors and ingredients of Caprese salad and pairs them with pasta for a more filling, yet light side dish or meal. That’s right; you can totally eat this as a guilt-free summer meal. Get the recipe at SkinnyMs.!

10. Asian Chicken Pasta Salad


This recipe is a great twist on pasta salad, featuring yummy Asian-inspired flavors including green onions, mandarin oranges, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and peas! Get the recipe at No Biggie!

11. Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke, and Fresh Basil Pasta Salad


Sometimes simple is best! This pasta salad recipe is based on sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, and mozzarella. The basil is a welcome addition to the Italian palate. This is one recipe you will want to make over and over! Get the recipe at The Kitchen Is My Playground!

12. Tortellini Pasta Salad


Tortellini is a great pasta to use in a pasta salad because the cheese has already been included! The soft pasta pouches present well, and paired with the tomatoes, spinach, olives, and salami in this recipe, are just perfect! Get the recipe at A Night Owl!

13. Spaghetti Salad


Skip the macaroni and substitute spaghetti for a unique pasta salad that will feed a crowd! This recipe adds to the traditional Italian style pasta salad by tossing in some green and red bell peppers, along with red onion and cucumber. Get the recipe at Dinner At The Zoo!

14. Pizza Pasta Salad


Pizza pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next gathering! This summery side dish has all the flavor of pizza without the heavy tummy afterward. Get the recipe at The Gracious Wife!

15. Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad


This pasta salad is light on the pasta and heavy on the veggies, creating a great side dish that isn’t too heavy to serve at a party! The lime-chili dressing is sure to be a hit! Get the recipe at Chelsea’s Messy Apron!

16. Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad


While this isn’t a “pasta” salad, as it substitutes spaghetti squash for real pasta, it is a great way to get the same flavors you love in a healthier package. Get the recipe for this no-carb, super yummy dish from Skinny Ms.!

17. Fresh Summer Pasta Salad


This beautiful dish is full of color and veggies, and is just perfect for summer! The dressing is very light, so the taste of the veggies and pasta can shine through! Get the recipe at Sweet and Savory By Shinee!

18. Tuna Pasta Salad with Pimiento-Stuffed Olives


How about some tuna? This pasta salad is packed with flavor! Olives, tuna, tomatoes, and a vinaigrette combine for a one-two-punch of yum! Get the recipe at Diethood!

19. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad


Think this pasta salad is going to be drenched in a thick sauce? It’s not! This recipe ensures incredible flavor while keeping a light texture. All the classic ingredients are there: chicken, bleu cheese, and some veggies to round it out! Get the recipe at Snappy Gourmet!

20. Chicken Pasta Salad


Love chicken salad? This take on the popular dish subs out bread and rolls for pasta to make it into a side dish! The grapes are what make this recipe, adding sweetness and crunch! Get the recipe at Butter With A Side Of Bread!

21. Roasted Veggie Pasta Salad


While most pasta salads have raw vegetables, this recipe has you roast the vegetables to give them a little different flavor—one you’ll love! It also opts for a sweet dressing rather than a savory, and it totally rocks! Get the recipe at Bake At Midnight!

22. Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad


This is a very simple recipe that packs more flavor than you’d expect from looking at it. Cool cucumbers, a creamy dill sauce, and crunchy onions are a winner at any gathering! Get the recipe at Spend With Pennies!

23. Pesto Florentine Campanelle Pasta


This recipe is more like a meal than a side, but it’s colorful and utilizes pesto, cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and adorable ruffly pasta. You’re sure to have a winner on your hands with this recipe! Get the recipe at Swirls of Flavor!

24. Easy Pasta Salad with Bacon and Peas


What’s better than peas, bacon, cheddar, and pasta? When they’re mixed with a light mayo and yogurt dressing! This easy pasta salad recipe is sure to become a family favorite! Get the recipe at Wonky Wonderful!

25. Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad


Strawberries are the taste of summer! Make a light, tasty, and brightly-colored dish to pass that your family and friends will rave about! Get the recipe at The Foodie Affair!

26. Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes


If you love broccoli salad, you’re going to love this rendition. The grapes add a crisp, sweet element to a classic broccoli salad. Be sure to make plenty, because you won’t be taking any home with you! Get the recipe at The Kitchen Is My Playground!

27. Mediterranean Pasta Salad


Simple ingredients shine in this Mediterranean-inspired dish! Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, and feta combine to create a unique, perfectly balanced pasta salad! Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven!

28. BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad


This delicious dish is dressed with a combination of ranch and barbecue sauce, but it’s not swimming in the dressing, so you can still taste all the other yummy elements! Ingredients like black beans, green onions, and avocado pack a punch! Get the recipe at Favorite Family Recipes!

29. Creamy Cilantro Lime Southwestern Pasta Salad


This amazing southwestern-inspired pasta salad utilizes lime-infused ranch dressing to create a dish that’s zesty and summery! It’s sure to be a big hit no matter where you take it! Get the recipe at Mom On Time Out!

30. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


The classic taste of a caesar salad meets pasta salad, resulting in a more filling version of the original. Caesar salad is one of those dishes nearly everyone likes, so you’re sure to have this dish disappear before the end of the gathering! Get the recipe at Life Made Simple!

31. Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad


This light and super creamy macaroni salad is perfect for any summertime get-together or barbecue! Like most macaroni salads, this recipe can be easily tailored to your tastes by adding or subtracting ingredients. Of course, we love this one just as it is! Get the recipe at A Pretty Life In The Suburbs!

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