Perfect Summer Pasta Salad

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Ahhhh, summer. The season of pool parties, backyard bbq’s, family reunions and camping. For us, it’s the most active time of the year. Living in northern Michigan we cherish these hot summer days because we know they won’t last for long. It’s also the season for taking a dish to pass to our favorite social events. I have a pasta salad that is perfect for all our summer get together needs.

Pasta salad is one of my favorite dishes to take to picnics, backyard bbq’s and summer get togethers. It’s easy to make, keeps well and is liked by most everyone. Plus, when I have to feed a crowd it’s easy to double or even triple the recipe.

Pasta Summer Salad

I love using my Kraft Cruet to mix up salad dressings. I find the dressings to be full of flavor and the perfect addition to summer salads. For the summer pasta salad I mix up a packet of Good Seasons Garlic & Herb salad dressing. If you don’t have one of these handy, dandy cruets plan on adding one to your kitchen.

Pasta Summer Salad
As with most pasta salad recipes they can be altered to fit the taste of your family and friends. I have a friend that doesn’t like peppers so I just eliminate from the salad when I know she will be at an event. Em is lactose sensitive which is why I use my favorite Athenos feta cheese, but if you aren’t a fan of feta you can substitute with a cheese of your choice. I would recommend using a Kraft shredded cheese of your choice.

Speaking of Kraft, they have a great selection of salad recipes and bbq recipes on their site. I love finding new recipe ideas for summer get togethers.

Click here for the full summer pasta salad recipe.

What is your favorite salad to take to summer get togethers?


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  1. I love a good salad. I’ll pin this for future reference. Thanks!

  2. that looks amazing! perfect for this weekend

  3. I don’t even eat salad, but this is one I am planning on trying!

  4. I love summer pasta salads. Thank you so much for sharing. Looks delish!

  5. This looks so yummy. It’s perfect for these hot weather summer dinners!

  6. I love pasta salads like these in the summer. We’ve been making different ones weekly for the family to enjoy for lunch.

  7. lisa jones says:

    Look So Delicious & Easy To Make Can’t Wait To Try!

  8. That looks really good! I like the addition of beans. 🙂

  9. Ha! My husband and I were just saying we needed an easy pasta salad and here it is!

  10. No lie, I was just about to go back a nice and fresh summer pasta salad! They are so yummy in the summer. We have a high of 109 today so a fresh salad sounds perfect. = )

  11. What a neat alternative to a born pasta salad!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up!

  12. I love a good pasta salad! Especially if it has feta! Thanks for the how to..found your link at Nibbles by Nic link party. Im glad I did!

  13. Yumm! I love pasta salad!