Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad and Other Summer Pasta Salads

July 8, 2014

Where there is a barbecue, there often is a pasta salad standing near by.  Pasta salads are a crowd pleasing barbecue side dish because they can be made in advance and are chock full of other tasty ingredients.  These pasta salads are full of flavor and will soon become an old standby at family gettogethers.

Vegan Macaroni Salad
Recipe from Minimalist Baker

This vegan macaroni salad has a protein packed dressing that's both nutritious and delicious.  Instead of using vegannaise or other vegan dressing, this creamy dill sauce is made by pureeing tofu with grape seed oil, fresh dill and agave nectar.

Creamy BLT Pasta Salad
Recipe from Whole and Heavenly Oven

This smoky side dish incorporates all the flavors from a favorite all American sandwich into a tasty pasta salad.  The bacon transforms an ordinary macaroni salad into an irresistible delight.

Cherry Hazelnut Orzo Salad
Recipe from Kitchen Treaty

Orzo is a petite pasta that resembles rice making it perfect for summer salads.  This version is a bit on the sweeter side with fresh cherries and a honey hazelnut vinaigrette.  Serve this pasta salad with grilled chicken or steak.

Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
Recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron

Avocado pesto is a creamier version of the classic Italian sauce.  It's not only great as a dressing for pasta salads but also works well as a dip with breadsticks or a spread for sandwiches or burgers.

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