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29 Pasta Salads To Chill Out With This Summer

Hey bro, you like noodles? Cool, me too.

1. Cold Sesame Noodles with Summer Vegetables

Make lots of this super-simple sesame dressing and keep it around for instant noodle satisfaction. Recipe here.

2. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken, onion, tomatoes, parm, caesar dressing, hot sauce: sincerely curious to try this one.

3. Bean Thread Noodles with Pickled Vegetables

The peanuts are key. Recipe here

4. Creamy Avocado Pasta

Avocado turns into a magical creamy pasta sauce with zero cooking. Add extra lemon if you’re not eating it right away to keep things green. Recipe here.

5. Pasta Salad with Melon, Pancetta and Ricotta Salata

Crumbled feta cheese would be great too. Recipe here.

6. Greek Chickpea Pasta Salad

Recipe here.

7. Soba Noodle and Vegetable Salad with Soy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

8. Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Feta and Cucumber

Here’s to orzo, the mightiest tiny pasta of them all. Recipe here.

9. Thai Tofu and Noodle Salad

Recipe here.

10. Amish Macaroni Salad

I’m not going to ENDORSE putting mayonnaise on pasta, but do what you have to. Recipe here.

11. Vietnames Rice Noodles with Vegetarian Spring Rolls

If the spring rolls are a little above your ambition level, some grilled meat or veggies would be a perfectly acceptable sub. Recipe here.

12. Zucchini “Noodles” with Sesame Peanut Sauce

Zucchini makes a great summer alternative to pasta if you’re eating gluten-free. Recipe here.

13. Greek Pasta Salad with Crab and Feta

If you find the idea of sprinkling imitation crab meat on your salad a little too funky, feel free to use cooked shrimp or skip it altogether. Recipe here.

14. Somen Noodles with Sesame Tofu & Avocado

These pretty pink Japanese noodles are favored with ume (preserved plum), but any kind will work. Recipe here.

15. Caprese Pasta Salad

Pesto is far superior way to get basil flavor all up in there than just throwing in a few leaves. Recipe here.

16. Shredded Chicken Breast and Udon Noodle Salad

Tahini makes a creamy, nutty dressing. Recipe here.

17. Spring Pasta Salad with Peas and Pesto

Peas and pesto are a serious (and charmingly alliterative) power couple. Recipe here.

18. Sesame and Shiitake Soba Noodles

Here’s to minimalism. Recipe here.

19. Orzo Pasta with Roasted Broccoli and Chickpeas

Recipe here.

20. Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Feta

Recipe here.

21. Cold Peanut Noodles

No need to go hunt down fancy noodles; whole-wheat spaghetti does the trick just fine. Recipe here.

22. Chicken Niçoise Pasta Salad

Recipe here.

23. Salmon Pasta Salad with Mustard and Dill Dressing

Like I always say, what’s good for the bagel is great for the pasta. Recipe here.

24. Pasta Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

With all those colors and crunchy bits, it’s basically a party unto itself. Recipe here.

25. Chicken Tikka Pasta Salad

Cilantro-mint chutney pulls it all together. Very clever. Recipe here.

26. Rice Noodle Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Dressing

Recipe here.

27. Penne Pasta Salad with Olive Tapenade, Herbs and Pine Nuts

Recipe here.

28. Kale and Slivered Brussels Sprout Soba Noodles

Recipe here.

29. Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages and Peppers

Recipe here.

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