10 Lighter, Fresher Pasta Salads

10 Lighter, Fresher Pasta Salads

Ariel Knutson
May 19, 2014
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

As we plan summer potlucks and backyard parties, pasta salads remain the quintessential centerpiece of the buffet feast. With its fork-tender pasta, crisp vegetables, and savory dressing, this classic dish should be piled high on every picnic plate. So delicious and flexible, a pasta salad can be whatever you want it to be — including fresh, light, and vegetable-forward.

These 10 fresher, lighter pasta salads lighten up those traditional rich and mayo-laden salads with touches of Greek yogurt, creamy roasted garlic, pesto, or a simple drizzle of olive oil.

I for one can't wait to try out Faith's roasted garlic, olive and tomato pasta. It looks like an excellent combination that would be perfect for midday potlucks. I also love the idea of the whole wheat coucous with cherries and arugula – dried fruit and pasta are made for each other!

What are your favorite light and fresh pasta salads for spring and summer?

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