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?
- 1 Roasted Garlic, Olive & Tomato Pasta Salad
- 2 Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad
- 3 Edamame & Cauliflower Pasta Salad with Feta
- 4 Orzo Salad with Spinach Pesto, Olives & Feta
- 5 Couscous Salad with Cucumber, Red Onion & Herbs