When it comes to summer grilling, there are a few dishes that always have a place at the table and 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 eat it.

But why are we settling on a mediocre staple when pasta salad done right can be so good? We think it's high-time people take back pasta salad and we have just the recipes to help you do that.

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  • Pasta With Peas, Smoked Almonds And Dill

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/04/pasta-with-peas.html" target="_blank">Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill recipe</a> by A Spicy Perspective</strong>

  • Rainbow Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/04/halfway-homemade-rainbow-pasta-salad-.html" target="_blank">Rainbow Pasta Salad recipe</a> by A Beautiful Mess</strong>

  • Greek Lemon Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/05/greek-lemon-pasta-salad/" target="_blank">Greek Lemon Pasta Salad recipe</a> by Foodiecrush</strong>

  • Macaroni Salad With Prosciutto And Smoked Mozzarella

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2011/06/craving-5-recipes-for-creamy-macaroni-salad/" target="_blank">Macaroni Salad with Prosciutto and Smoked Mozzarella recipe</a> by Foodiecrush</strong>

  • BLT Macaroni Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2009/04/17/blt-macaroni-salad-again-with-the-bacon/" target="_blank">BLT Macaroni Salad recipe</a> by Buns in my Oven</strong>

  • Simple Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/06/02/pasta-salad/" target="_blank">Simple Pasta Salad recipe</a> by Buns in my Oven</strong>

  • Caprese Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/08/22/caprese-pasta-salad/" target="_blank">Caprese Pasta Salad recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Zucchini And Smoked Chicken Sausage Penne Pasta With Basil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/08/zucchini-and-chicken-sausage-penne-pasta-recipe/" target="_blank">Zucchini and Smoked Chicken Sausage Penne Pasta with Basil recipe</a> by Foodiecrush</strong>

  • Pasta Salad With Grilled Sausages

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pasta-salad-with-grilled-_n_1058602.html" target="_hplink">Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages recipe</a></strong>

  • Prosciutto & Edamame Pasta With Lemon Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2011/03/prosciutto-edemame-pasta-with-lemon-glaze-giveaway.html" target="_blank">Prosciutto & Edamame Pasta with Lemon Glaze recipe</a> by A Spicy Perspective</strong>

  • Pasta Salad With Tomatoes, Zucchini And Feta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/pasta-salad-with-tomatoes-zucchini-and-feta/" target="_hplink">Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Feta recipe from The Pioneer Woman</a></strong>

  • Greek Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2010/05/greek-pasta-salad.html" target="_hplink">Greek Pasta Salad recipe from Gastronomer's Guide</a></strong>

  • Peanut Pesto And Peas Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/4704-peanut-pesto-and-peas-pasta-salad.html" target="_blank">Peanut Pesto and Peas Pasta Salad recipe</a> by Steamy Kitchen</strong>

  • Crunchy Asian Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thecuttingedgeofordinary.blogspot.com/2010/06/crunchy-asian-pasta-salad.html" target="_hplink">Crunchy Asian Pasta Salad recipe from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary</a></strong>

  • Orzo Salad With Tomatoes, Feta And basil Vinaigrette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orzo-salad-with-tomatoes_n_1057855.html" target="_hplink">Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Basil Vinaigrette recipe</a></strong>

  • Shrimp Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_pasta_salad/" target="_blank">Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Chicken And Blueberry Pasta Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-amp-blueberry-p_n_1049587.html" target="_hplink">Chicken and Blueberry Pasta Salad recipe</a></strong>

  • Mom's Macaroni Salad

    <strong>Get Mom's <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/moms_macaroni_salad/" target="_hplink">Macaroni Salad from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    Get the <a href="http://www.dreamydish.com/mediterranean-pasta-salad" target="_hplink">Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe from Dreamy Dish</a>

  • Pasta Salad Nicoise

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2009/03/pasta-salad-nicoise.html" target="_hplink">Pasta Salad NIcoise recipe from Gastronomer's Guide</a></strong>

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