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9 Amazing Pasta Salad Recipes the Kids Will Love

Instead of serving hot pasta on a sunny, summer day, try making a pasta salad. These salads, served cold, are perfect side dishes for any summer barbecue.


Looking for the perfect summer side for your next BBQ? These easy-to-make recipes will take your next party above and beyond.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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This 15-minute recipe is as simple as cooking the pasta, draining it, then tossing all the ingredients on top! Plus, the pineapple adds an extra dose of sweetness that’ll have the kids asking for seconds.

Full recipe at: The Recipe Critic

Caprese Pasta Salad

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Top this easy recipe off with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese pearls for a colorful and yummy dish.

Full recipe at: Pip and Debby

Cilantro Lime Southwestern Pasta Salad

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Host a summer fiesta with this delicious cilantro lime pasta salad. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!

Full recipe at: Mom on Timeout

BLT Pasta Salad

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Combine macaroni salad with a sandwich classic: bacon, lettuce and tomato.  

Full recipe at: Swanky Recipes

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

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This five-ingredient salad only takes 15 minutes to make!  Double up on the strawberries for an extra fruity flavor.

Full recipe at: Gimme Some Oven

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

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Why not combine your favorite dip with pasta? The nutrient rich, iron-packed spinach makes it a super healthy option.

Full recipe at: Spend with Pennies

Italian Tortellini Salad

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Use tortellini to add some extra cheesy flavor to your salad.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top to compliment the flavor of the tortellini pasta.

Full recipe at: Delightful Made

Buttermilk Crab Pasta Salad

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Add some seafood to your side dish for an extra summery twist. This refreshing salad is perfect to enjoy while hanging out by the shore.

Full recipe at: Rose Bakes

Lemon Pasta Salad

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Zesty lemon gives this pasta salad its flavor and adds an eye-catching garnish on top of a perfect dish.  

Full recipe at: Created By Diane

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