Nothing beats pasta salad for a cookout, picnic or summer dinner. Try one of these easy pasta salad recipes for your next get-together.
Cost per serving: $2.23
Keep basil fresh by trimming off what you need from the bunch. Refrigerate the remaining basil with stem ends in a jar of cold water.
See recipe: Pesto Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.55
If you'd like, toss in cubes of fresh mozzarella or sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese to boost the flavor.
See recipe: Bacon and Tomato Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $1.51
The recipe for this one-dish meal makes a lot—enough for leftovers the next day. Pack the extra servings in a covered plastic container and tuck it in a lunch box for school or work.
See recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $1.75
A flavorful twist on a picnic staple, this dressing includes Greek yogurt, honey and chives. For variety, you can swap pasta and try a different shape, like spiral pasta or shells.
See recipe: Garden Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $1.40
Switch cheeses for a different taste; instead of feta, try tossing in chunks of fresh mozzarella.
See recipe: Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $1.70
To add a touch of heat, toss in a pinch or two of crushed red pepper with the vinegar. Or add a few diced jarred pepperoncini. For the best texture, dress the salad within two hours of serving.
See recipe: Pizza Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $1.21
Get a jump start and make this dish a day early. Cover, refrigerate and stir well before serving at room temperature.
See recipe: Pasta Salad with Eggplant, Zucchini and Squash
Cost per serving: $2.65
Don't put tomatoes in the refrigerator—it ruins their flavor and texture. Instead, keep them on the kitchen counter, away from sun.
See recipe: BLT Pasta
Cost per serving: $1.61
If you have some leftover grilled chicken in the fridge, chop it up and substitute it for the tuna. Or make this salad vegetarian by adding a can or two of white beans or chick peas (rinse and drain first).
See recipe: Niçoise Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.41
This salad is hearty on its own, but it is even more so when topped with grilled chicken or shrimp. Alternatively, toss in some kidney beans or chickpeas.
See recipe: Caesar Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: 80¢
Good to go in under 25 minutes, you can use any short pasta shape in this recipe. Add chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers to achieve veggie variety and a hearty party dish.
See recipe: Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad
Cost per serving: $1.41
This veggie is a nutrient star, and this easy recipe will have even naysayers asking for seconds.
See recipe: Broccoli-Orzo Salad
An easy-to-make pasta salad that can be whipped up in just 20 minutes.
See recipe: Antipasto Pasta
This easy pasta salad has enough protein to be a one dish dinner, but is also perfect for a pot-luck picnic, too!
See Recipe: Greek Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.37
Bring this simple pasta salad to your next potluck. Feel free to add roasted red peppers for added flavor
See recipe: Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.30
This recipe is perfect for summer potlucks and it works great as a side dish alongside grilled chicken.
See recipe: Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad