10 Fall Pasta Salad Recipes Because Who Needs an Oven

Despite the turn of fall, in most parts of the country, it’s still too hot to turn on the oven and heat up the whole house. On the other hand, it is cool enough to start craving those heartier meals that will fill you up. That means you need a compromise. What about pasta salads that are loaded with fall flavor?

To welcome the rich flavors of fall into your kitchen, here are 10 recipes loaded with velvety, smokey, and full tastes of fall.

1. Fall Orzo Pasta Salad

fall orzo pasta salad
Food52

If you’re not quite ready to bid summer adieu, here is a great recipe to try out. Melding the fall flavors of squash with the summery freshness of a green salad, this dish is sure to ease the seasonal transition.

Get the recipe here.

2. Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

Simple to make and yet loaded with flavor, this pasta salad is one for the recipe books. There isn’t much you can’t love about a pasta salad filled with bacon, crisp bell peppers, broccoli, and grilled chicken.

Plus, it’s so easy to make and keeps so well that you will be tempted to make this in big batches so that you can have more tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that…

Get the recipe here.

3. Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

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Recipe Chart

The crisp apples, celery, and pecans give so much texture to what could otherwise be just a salad. Toss in some feta cheese and citrus, and even the grey days of fall will be instantly brightened up.

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4. Fregola with Charred Onions and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Food & Wine

Roasted vegetables are a hallmark of fall. Pair that with some rosemary and fregola, and you have a wonderful pasta salad that is good both hot and cold.

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5. Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

grilled veggie pasta salad
Better Homes and Gardens

Do you need some encouragement to eat your vegetables? Well this pasta salad may just do the trick. Bursting with colorful produce and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, you may actually find that you have a difficult time saying no to the healthy food.

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6. Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausage and Peppers

Grilled sausage and pepper pasta salad
Food & Wine

On the other hand, if you need a bit more substance in your pasta salads, why not try something with a generous helping of grilled sausage?

Perfectly complemented by roasted peppers, this dish will have your mouth watering even before you put everything together. In fact, it may not even make it into the fridge to become a pasta salad.

Get the recipe here.

7. Vietnamese Chicken Salad With Rice Noodles

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Pinch of Yum

When it comes to pasta salad, Vietnamese noodle salads may be the golden standard. Layered with spicy, garlic-y, lime-y, and salty flavors, as well as crisp and smooth textures, you will be wondering if there isn’t a good time to enjoy this dish.

Get the recipe here.

8. Prosciutto Pasta Salad

prosciutto Pasta Salad
Food & Wine

Everyone likes cured Italian meats. It’s like saying no to bacon. So no one would fault you for trying to add prosciutto to every dish you cook. However, if you haven’t tried it already, try adding some to a pasta salad. It blends perfectly with fall flavors fennel and sharp Italian cheeses and will make you crave cozy sweaters and Italian espressos.

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9. Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

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Brown Eyed Baker

With this salad you can indulge in peanut butter, veggies, and noodles all at once. Plus, this pasta salad is definitely meant to be enjoyed cold, which means that it is a great dish to take to work, pack for a picnic, or just snack on straight out of the refrigerator.

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10. Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad
The Pioneer Woman

Pesto is the greatest sauce ever. Made with basil, nuts, and parmesan cheese, it compliments everything from vegetables to pasta. However, when you combine both vegetables and pasta, then pesto can really shine. Indulge in its freshness.

Get the recipe here.