Pasta Salads Perfect for Picnics

Pasta can be heavy and hard to transport elsewhere, which is not ideal for the summer months. Leafy green salads are more in order, but they're hard to keep fresh when you're eating outdoors, especially when it's hot—and honestly, sometimes they're not quite filling enough. Enter the pasta salad. This fusion of two separate dishes, drenched with oil and vinegar dressings, always does the trick. So pack one up for Memorial Day, or keep these recipes on hand for whenever your next picnic comes along.

In this dish, you can savor the flavors of one of the Big Easy's most iconic sandwiches, the muffaletta—without the typical soft sesame Italian bread. But you do want that Italian charcuterie, particularly a good salami, and then all those olives and spices so loved in this classic New Orleans sandwich. And there's green in there, you see? Keep clicking through the pictures for even more perfect pasta salads.