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16 Refreshing Pasta Salad Recipes for Spring

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The weather is starting to warm up and you're craving something satisfying and fresh. Look no further! We love an easy, refreshing pasta salad. Not only are the veggies and flavors refreshing, but it's also so satisfying. From zippy flavor to creamy and cozy deliciousness — you can enjoy pasta salad in a variety of ways depending upon your favorite tastes. Add it as a side dish or the main event at your next meal!

16 Pasta Salad Recipes to Try:

1. Light-Hearted Pesto Salad

Light Hearted Pesto Salad

No reason to get too heavy this Valentine's Day! You can keep things as light and breezy as the first heady days of romance with this Light-Hearted Pesto Salad on the table! Dressed in a homemade kale pesto with all the herbaceous flavor you could ever hope for, the tender, cool pasta and vibrant tomatoes are ready to impress your date from the very first bite! Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella helps Light-Hearted Pesto Salad stay enchantingly upbeat! Despair shrinks away from this lovely, light dish!

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2. BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad is the prime choice when you'd prefer to switch out your carbs, say, a bun for some pasta. Bouncy fusilli spirals, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy romaine lettuce, healthy baby spinach, and salty chopped bacon are tossed together with a creamy, garlicky, dilly dressing. You can serve it as-is or chilled; either way, tasty BLT Pasta Salad will make you forget there are other options out there!

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3. Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad

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Nothing says "potluck" like a good pasta salad! This Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad will be the most requested side dish on the checkered-tablecloth circuit all year long! Al dente rotini pasta loaded with crisp broccoli, cubed cheddar cheese, roasted sunflower seeds, crumbled bacon, all topped with a bacon-infused, tangy, sweet vinaigrette dressing... well, it may just become the anthem at all the barbecues, birthday parties, Fourth of July celebrations, graduation parties, and so on! Let this Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad carry you all summer (or any season) long and you're sure to be the belle of every ball! Happy eating everyone!

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4. Loaded Pasta Salad

Loaded Pasta Salad

On the one hand, Loaded Pasta Salad is actually very simple; tender bow tie pasta, a creamy and herbaceous dressing, and some additions to make it all tasty. But on the other hand, it's an ensemble piece, a collection of succulent bacon, bright tomatoes, sharp cheese, and spicy red onion making each bite of pasta something truly special. No matter how you choose to look at it, Loaded Pasta Salad really does deliver a big load of flavor in a hurry!

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5. Pink Cadillac® Pasta Salad

Pink Cadillac Pasta Salad

This pasta salad has a habit of turning heads as it pulls up to the cookout spread! How could it not? Pink Cadillac® Pasta Salad is so eye-catching and mouth-watering! The tender pasta with the tangy, creamy, sweet, and rosy dressing would be a star all on its own, but it also features hearty eggs for miles to really make it tasty. Get ready for your taste buds to ride in style with this Pink Cadillac Pasta Salad!

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6. Health-Kick Pasta Salad

Health Kick Pasta Salad

We don't know if you're like this, but it seems like every month there's always something new we're trying to do. Like reading a list of books or learning a new hobby or trying out a new schedule. Well, this month we're trying to eat more healthy foods and work out, which led us to create Health-Kick Pasta Salad. It has some bouncy noodles for a source of a few carbs, but there's also plenty of fresh and nourishing veggies to give us everything we need. The tangy, creamy dressing that's tossed in made us realize that this might not just be a phase. Health-Kick Pasta Salad is a habit we will never break!

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7. Pappi's Pasta Salad

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Our sweet Pappi has always been a family man. He loves his kids more than anything in the world... and don't even get him started on his grandkids! He's also big on traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation and yummy foods that celebrate his Italian heritage. He was born to host, so it gives him great joy to have everyone over and keep the traditions alive while eating delicious foods, like his staple, Pappi's Pasta Salad. No matter if it's Christmas, a birthday, or just a regular Wednesday, if there are people visiting, there's going to be a big bowl waiting on the table full of his bouncy pasta salad mixed with the best salami on the market. He mixes in fresh veggies and herbs, along with some creamy cheeses, for the perfect combo. Oh, and nothing can ever beat the tangy Italian dressing he uses for the burst of flavor in every bite. Having Pappi's Pasta Salad every chance we get is the tastiest tradition... one we plan to continue for years and years!

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8. Bursting Pasta Salad

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Did you hear that? The sounds of Bursting Pasta Salad?! You probably think we're crazy but it's just so flavorful, we are almost positive we can hear it sometimes. What flavors is it full of? Glad you asked! It has so many fresh garden veggies that are exploding with sweet, juicy, refreshing tastes. And then there is the fluffy pasta, zesty seasoning, and tangy dressing to add the perfect balance of savory. We haven't lost it, we promise! Taste this Bursting Pasta Salad for yourself and you'll understand! It's a real firework show of awestruck yumminess!

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9. Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

On the surface, it seems like such an obvious idea; combine pasta salad with perhaps the most popular salad in America. Sounds deliciously straightforward! This Caesar Pasta Salad brings the body and heartiness of a pasta salad to a crisp bed of lettuce, which in turn serves up a colossal amount of flavor. You've got the savory grilled chicken, the crunchy croutons, the sharp parmesan, and that classic homemade, creamy, zesty dressing. Can you imagine a better pasta salad than Caesar Pasta Salad? It would be hard to do!

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10. Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

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Nothing says it's finally summer like a good pasta salad. We highly recommend this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad to get your summer off to a great start, or just for when you're craving those warm weather flavors. Beat the balmy bliss with this cool and tender pasta, loaded with crispy bacon and juicy tomatoes, keyed up with ripe avocado chunks, and smothered in perfectly seasoned, creamy avocado-infused dressing. Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad is a refreshing way to usher in all of the summer vibes. It's so chill and so delicious! You won't even remember it's December!

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11. Lemon Pasta Salad

Lemon Pasta Salad

Lemon Pasta Salad sparkles and shines compared to other pasta salads, and that's no lie! Instead of mayo, this dish uses a bright, zesty lemon dressing that leaves quite a tangy sensation on the tongue. But don't worry, the pasta in this Lemon Pasta Salad is just as tender as ever, accented with the crunch of pine nuts and the sharp goodness of parmesan. This is a pasta salad that will definitely outshine its competitors!

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12. Sweet Mae's Macaroni Salad

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Sweet Mae's Macaroni Salad is something that everyone is sure to love. Sweet Mae tends to have that effect on people with everything she touches. She loves to have these extravagant cookouts where everyone piles their plates full of hamburgers and hot dogs... and of course, her version of the beloved creamy, sweet, and crunchy pasta salad. She really enjoys watching people enjoy her food while they laugh and have a good time together, and her guests often rave and rave for weeks and weeks about the time they had and all the food they enjoyed. Sweet Mae's Macaroni Salad is always on their list of top three favorites, and once you taste it, you'll understand why!

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13. Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Classic Italian appetizer meets classic American cookout side! Bruschetta Pasta Salad has the rich tomato, herbaceous flavors, and sharp parmesan of its namesake app, with a little tang from balsamic vinegar to help bring out the bold flavors. Instead of crunchy bread, tender pasta helps carry those tastes to your eager tastebuds! This Bruschetta Pasta Salad adds a little more refreshment to the summer barbeque menu!

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14. Italian Countryside Pasta Salad

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Let's take a trip! A flavor trip, that is! Italian Countryside Pasta Salad takes you down a winding road that leads you straight to a bowl of tender, colorful corkscrew pasta mixed with fresh veggies, salty pepperonis, rich basil, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoncini. The garlicy, tangy dressing it's all coated in will leave your tastebuds satisfied yet hungry for another tasty adventure. Get ready to explore this Italian Countryside Pasta Salad time and time again... because it's just so breathtakingly delicious!

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15. Seaside Tuna Pasta Salad

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If you find yourself down by the seashore, or you're just dreaming you're there, Seaside Tuna Pasta Salad is a hearty, cool, and refreshing addition to your tropical feast! A delicious compliment to pretty much any meal, the tender pasta shells, hearty tuna, crunchy veggies, and creamy dressing tossed together will certainly enhance your tasty beachfront experience. Grab your flip flops and a fork; this Seaside Tuna Pasta Salad will have you beach-bound for some fun in the sun!

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16. Asian Pasta Salad

Asian Pasta Salad

There isn't a pasta salad out there that can match the refreshment or the brightness of Asian Pasta Salad. The dressing alone is a showstopper, a savory and sweet soy sauce mixture with notes of butter and nuttiness from the sesame. But what it covers goes well beyond what you'd expect to find in a pasta salad: sweet and juicy mangoes, creamy avocados, crunchy red cabbage, and sharp green onions. Elbow macaroni ties everything together into a flavor parcel you can't wait to unwrap. Asian Pasta Salad shows that a little fusion in your cooking can really up the fun!

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