This time of year still has a bit of a back-to-school feeling—you’re getting your fall/winter routine back on track after a lazy summer. But all of this change and general busyness can be exhausting, so when it comes time for dinner, you often don’t feel like anything that is until you’ve met these easy pasta salad recipes. They’re super simple to whip up, plus they make an awesome packed lunch when you take them to work later in the week (seriously, it’s a win-win).
We could literally go on and on about how versatile pasta salad is, including how you can eat it hot or cold, but instead, we’ll just share some of our favorite picks. From basil and goat cheese over fusilli to a green pasta salad with tons of veggies and even a tasty vegan option, we guarantee there’s something up your alley. Below find our top four easy pasta salad recipes to make this fall. Start boiling the water.
Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Some pasta salads are too heavy, but this one is more of a “greens and veggie” salad with some macaroni mixed in. Start by roasting some beets (red or yellow will work), and add thin slices of zucchini or squash, watercress, avocado, and fresh corn. Top it off with some cooked fusilli pasta and homemade basil vinaigrette, and then add the goat cheese so it melts into the sauce.
Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
If you’re looking to find a go-to, easy pasta salad recipe for fall, then this is it. Nothing says autumn quite like a salad of spinach and orecchiette filled with apple slices, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans. Hint: If you like a bit of sweetness, candy your pecans before mixing them in.
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
This gluten-free and vegan pasta salad only takes 20 minutes to make, so you have zero excuses not to have it for dinner this week. It all relies on a dairy-free pesto, and the meal tastes just as good heated up as it does right out of the fridge. We swear that little ones will gobble it up too.
Simple Green PastaSalad
If you have nut allergies and can’t normally eat pesto, then this green pasta topped with O & Co’s nut-free basilic spread may make your day. The dish itself is a combo of macaroni, spinach, and green beans garnished with shredded parmesan and the creamy sauce. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end for a slight kick.