Cool Pasta Salads

Pasta Salad with Parsley Pesto and Two Squashes

Pasta salad with parsley pesto and two squashes

This flavorful summer pasta salad, featuring zucchini and yellow summer squashes, is a good choice for a vegan/vegetarian potluck, yet easy enough to make as part of an everyday meal. It’s delicious with grilled vegetables and vegan burgers.

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Pasta Salad with Vegan Cheddar and Green Peas

Fresh green peas in a bowl

Years ago, as vegetarians, my husband and I traveled through the American heartland, I remember sampling a traditional salad whose main ingredients are green peas and cheddar cheese. I expanded this basic formula (as well as the foggy memory) into a recipe that includes pasta, making it more substantial.

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Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Red Beans

Fresh broccoli on a plate

Here’s an easy pasta salad to make when summer tomatoes are at their best. It’s also a good summer potluck dish when a sturdy vegan option is needed. more→

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Greek Pasta Salad

Pastas in jars in pantry

Using pasta in place of the customary lettuce in a Greek salad makes it a substantial and lively main dish salad, as well as a great vegan potluck dish for summer gatherings. Take along some extra vinaigrette to moisten the salad if it is to stand for a substantial amount of time. more→

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Cold Farfalle Pasta with White Beans and Corn

Fresh corn on table

Sturdy, savory pasta salads such as this one are reliable offerings for summer company. This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables. more→

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Pasta Salad with Chickpeas and Artichoke Hearts

Chickpeas with wooden spoon

Featuring tasty chickpeas, marinated artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and olives, the ingredients for this delectable pasta salad can be easily doubled to make it party-sized. more→

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Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Peas

Fresh peas in the shell

I especially like this sprightly pasta salad made with orecchiette (“little ears”), a small, delicate pasta. Use very slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. more→

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Cold Linguine Salad with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers

Grilled red peppers

This cold linguine pasta salad features vigorous flavors provided by roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and lots of fresh parsley. It will hold up well on hot days or when being transported to a potluck. more→

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