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You're Sick Of Your Old Pasta Salad Recipe, So Get A New One Already

Take it easy on the mayo and you'll be all good.

When it comes to summer grilling, there are a few dishes that always have a place at the table. Pasta salad is one of them. Despite the fact that most pasta salads aren't something we actually want to eat -- they're an unfortunate mixture of too much mayo and a bowl of overdone macaroni -- we still dig in every time. We still crave it, associate it with summer and never turn it down, no matter how unappetizing it may look.

So what's going on here? Why are we settling for a mediocre staple when pasta salad done right can be so good? We think it's high time people took a step back and put some thought and effort into their pasta salad. This familiar side is begging for a makeover and we think we owe it to everyone to listen. Fortunately, it doesn't require too much creativity to assemble a much better pasta salad than the mayonnaise-drenched ones you're used to. With so many kinds of pasta noodles and the bounty of vegetables summer has laid at our feet, the way forward for you is practically bursting with possibilities; the hardest part isn't choosing what ingredients to use for your makeover, but which ones not use.

Let's take back pasta salad, guys. Here are some recipes to help get you started.

1
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
2
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
Foodie Crush
Get the Kale Caesar Pasta Salad recipe from Foodie Crush
3
Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
Get the Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven
4
Pesto Pasta Salad
Simply Recipes
Get the Pesto Pasta Salad recipe from Simply Recieps
5
Goat Cheese And Arugula Pasta Salad
How Sweet It Is
Get the Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad recipe from How Sweet It Is
6
Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
7
Macaroni Salad With Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto
Foodie Crush
8
Best Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Pinch of Yum
Get the Best Easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe from Pinch of Yum
9
Pasta With Peas, Smoked Almonds And Dill
A Spicy Perspective
Get the Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill recipe by A Spicy Perspective
10
Pizza Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
Get the Pizza Pasta Salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven
11
Creamy Winter Pasta Salad
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Creamy Winter Pasta Salad recipe from A Beautiful Mess
12
Smoky Heirloom Tomato And Grilled Peach Pasta Salad With Basil Vinaigrette
How Sweet It Is
13
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad With Feta And Pea Shoots
The Clever Carrot
14
Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
15
Veggie Lovers' Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
Get the Veggie Lovers' Pasta Salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven
16
Pasta Salad With Corn, Bacon And Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Simply Recipes
17
Whole Wheat Greek Pasta Salad
Foodie Crush
Get the Whole Wheat Greek Pasta Salad recipe from Foodie Crush
18
Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
19
Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta
Laura Bolton for Fork Knife Swoon
Get the Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta recipe from Laura Bolton for Fork Knife Swoon
20
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
Get the Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven
21
Classic Macaroni Salad
Cooking Classy
Get the Classic Macaroni Salad recipe from Cooking Classy
22
Broccoli Pasta Salad
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Broccoli Pasta Salad recipe from A Beautiful Mess

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