15 Loaded, lite, and easy Pasta Salads to serve for summer meals this season. Serve on the side or as a complete meal, these pasta salads work perfect either way.
In my home, May marks beginning of grilling, potlucks, and outdoors. One thing that makes me happy about this season is - time to enjoy lots of salads! Today, when I was sifting through my favorite pasta salad recipes to serve on side of Grilled Lamb... I decided to also share this collection with you. So bookmark this collection and get ready to enjoy lite summer meals which have pasta but no heavy creamy dressings! Add a serving of protein of your choice, and meal is ready!
All of these recipes are perfect when just out of the refrigerator or at room temperature. Also, due to lite oil-based dressings, these salads don't get thick and dense like cream-based pasta salads. So, you can pack'em for lunch, carry'em to potlucks. Best of all, these can be prepared as quickly as boiling the pasta! Which is amazing when I'm serving food at moment's notice! :)
TIP: When serving cold pasta salads for gatherings, I setup a two-tier bowl, with bottom one filled with ice, top one with pasta salad. This way salad remains chilled without getting in any water or ice drippings.