10 Lighter, Fresher Pasta Salads

10 Lighter, Fresher Pasta Salads

Ariel Knutson
May 19, 2014

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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