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A Pasta Salad Tour

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Pasta Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives, recipe submitted by TK member The Parsley Thief)

A pasta salad is one of the easiest, quickest meals or sides to make in the summer. Much of it can be prepped in advance and it’s a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. It’s highly customizable too. Don’t like one of the ingredients? Leave it out and add something else that you like. Not a fan of the dressing? Replace it with your favorite!

It seems like pasta salads are universal, too. Different regions in the world have their own unique take on it. Let’s take a quick tour around the globe, shall we?

Let’s get started with a stop in the Mediterranean. Because it’s pretty there. Blue waters, cool ocean breezes, colorful markets, and great food. Fresh, simple dishes that are healthy but definitely not short on flavor. We’ve got some great choices there, like a Greek Pasta Salad from ThreeManyCooks and a wonderfully fresh Mediterranean Orzo Salad from mcmom.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Mediterranean)

How about a stop in the far east for that wonderful pasta known as soba noodles? Soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour. They’re rich in thiamine and can also be served cold or warm. They have a delightful texture, a subtle nutty flavor, and provide an excellent twist to regular pasta salads.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Soba)Clockwise from left: Soba Salad with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms from wynk52, Spicy Ginger Soba Chicken Salad from Sally Wolff, and Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles from runningwithtweezers.

While we’re exploring Asia, you may also want to try Ree’s awesome Asian Noodle Salad below. It’s beyond amazing. It truly is. And I’m not just saying that because she’s listening.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Asian Noodle Salad, from Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman)

We can’t take a tour without visiting Italy since, after all, pasta is more often associated with Italy. Here we have pattilouwho’s Ancini di Pepe Savory Pasta Salad (on the left) which just looks absolutely fresh and summery. If you’re looking for a bolder, richer kind of salad, a Pasta Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives from theparsleythief is just the recipe you need.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Italian)

Or perhaps you’d rather wing it and do your own thing. That’s fine too! Many great recipes here at Tasty Kitchen are the result of your creative winging. If that sounds like something you’d like to do (and hey, maybe Zee might want to help out too), you can use one of these basic recipes as a start and build from there. We have a delicious and Fabulously Adaptable Pasta Salad from nhsweetcherry (on the left), or you can try the Basic Pasta Salad from Tracy (sugarcrafter) on the right.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: A Pasta Salad Tour (Basic)

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy summer meal (or side), check out the Pasta Salads category! I have a good feeling you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

Then please come back here and share some with me. I’m hungry.



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Wood Salad Bowls on 9.2.2010

I pretty like Pasta salad! They all look great! nice post… good ideas!

bonnie eldredge on 8.3.2010

would be nice if the salad name was underneath the picture

Laura Boord on 7.29.2010

Thank you, thank you! I’m going to my visit with my Son and his family this weekend and wanted to make something lite for dinner… these pasta salads look awesome! Let you know which one gets picked ;)

Wenderly on 7.29.2010

I think that I’ve just died and gone to “carb heaven”…

Brandy on 7.29.2010

I was thinking about making a cold pasta salad for lunch on Saturday (meatless variety). What do you think goes good with that for a lunch?

Courtney on 7.29.2010

Mediterranean Orzo Salad from mcmom is awesome. Went over really well with my family. Going to try Greek Pasta Salad from ThreeManyCooks soon. There’s also Tortellini Antipasto
Added by Tracy (sugarcrafter). I love pasta salad. Great post.

pattilouwho on 7.28.2010

hey! that’s me, that’s me! :) i just made my acini di pepe pasta salad the other day…so great for summer!

Maria Montague on 7.28.2010

Great idea putting this together! Nothing like a perfect pasta salad! thanks!

Georgia Pellegrini on 7.28.2010

Pasta salad is great, because there are unlimited variations. Plus it makes a perfect party food. Thanks for all the ideas!

Kay Heritage on 7.28.2010

Great tour, Erika! I am getting hungry just looking at the photos!

Spruce Hill on 7.28.2010

Oh how I love Pasta salad! They all look great!

Clayvessel on 7.28.2010

One of the first recipes I posted here was my Tortellini and Chicken Pasta Salad. Still one of my all-time favorite pastas!

Brenda on 7.28.2010

Just made Ree’s Asian Noodle Salad last night for the swim team’s snack shack. It was a big hit!

Margo/MS Hospitality on 7.28.2010

Tappin’ the photo avatar button… is this thing on because I am logged on…
Pasta Salad tonight. Will take photos and post a new recipe.

Judy R on 7.28.2010

Ack! I just spent Monday evening searching TK for summer salad recipes, and now you have done the work for me!
I made the sundried tomato and basil orzo recipe I found on the site. Excellent! I will need to try out the one’s you feature here!

Tracy (sugarcrafter) on 7.28.2010

Thanks for featuring my basic pasta salad! This was a wonderful tour and I can’t wait to try each one of these!

Margo/MS Hospitality on 7.28.2010

OOPS… forgot to log in…. testing my new avatar!

Margo/MS Hospitality on 7.28.2010

I LOVE pasta salad. Years ago, we use to make a shrimp pasta salad with garlic… might have to make that soon and post the recipe. It was delicious!

Darcy @ Chic College Cowgirl on 7.28.2010

Oh my, these look wonderful! It doesn’t get any better than a good pasta salad… :)

lindseyrachel17 on 7.28.2010

Oh boy. Pasta salad is my absolute favorite. From basic Italian dressing based pasta salad, to Ree’s sun-dried tomato pasta salad (be still my heart) to my favorite ladies night meal – Ree’s Asian noodle salad…I am in food heaven. And now I am starving. Great post!!!

ibmzlorinsc01 on 7.28.2010

OMG i want them all at one time now.

there is nothing better than pasta salad

CarolinaGirl on 7.28.2010

I love pasta salad, but the men in my house, not so much! I’m definitely checking out some of these recipes!

Mary Frances Ellison on 7.28.2010

This is fantastic! I’ve got guests coming this weekend, and I’ve been looking for new pasta salad combos. Thanks for featuring these!

Jessica @ How Sweet on 7.28.2010

These are the quintessential summer dishes!

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 7.28.2010

i’ll take one of each please :) you had me at sun-dried tomatoes and olives!