Give Your Memorial Day Menu a Kick with This Zesty Pasta Salad

updated May 1, 2019
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Memorial Day is on the horizon, and with it comes the unofficial start of grilling season. If you panic every year about what to bring to the many potlucks and backyard barbecues of summer, I’ve got just the dish for you. This pasta salad is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s got major make-ahead potential. Let it be your signature side dish all summer long.

At almost every barbecue you’ll find the same ol’ pasta salad — one that evokes fond childhood memories, but is actually pretty bland when you go to taste it. This recipe takes that traditional pasta salad and kicks it up a notch.

With tubetti (little tube pasta), mayonnaise, and crunchy veggies, this pasta salad still has enough notes of the classic to fuel your nostalgia. But thanks to ingredients like fresh lime juice, cayenne pepper, spicy dill pickles, and cilantro, it also has a bright blast of zesty flavor (hey, it’s called fireworks pasta salad for a reason!) that makes it stand out from all the other sides.

Because this dish actually benefits from sitting for a bit so the flavors can meld, you can make it on Sunday night, store it in the fridge, and bring it to your Memorial Day soirée the next day. It’ll only taste better by then!

Get the Recipe: Fireworks Pasta Salad from Kitchen Confidante