Sometimes it is just so hot you want to eat a cold meal but want a break from a basic salad full of leaves. These pasta salad recipes are perfect for all the family and will keep you cool and full in a heatwave!

I love pasta salad when the weather is as hot as it has been the last few days! Here are my three favourite recipes that I think you must try this year!

Bruschetta pasta salad

Bruschetta is a great dish but as it includes bread isn’t always as healthy and filling as it could be. This Bruschetta pasta salad is a perfect alternative and full of flavour.

If you are following a weight loss plan you should only need to count the olive oil if you choose to use it. This is minimal as you can use as little as 1 tbsp for four portions.

I believe that other than the oil the bruschetta pasta salad is syn-free on Slimming World and perfect on other diets such as Weight Watchers and Noom but do check for yourself to ensure you are in control of your weight loss.

Bruschetta pasta salad
Bruschetta pasta salad

Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad

I love tomato and mozzarella salad and this is a more filling and more in-depth recipe than the basic salad I usually make in minutes. Sometimes I will make this Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad other times I simply add cooked pasta to my usual recipe.

My basic tomato and mozzarella salad recipe is simply halved cherry or baby plum tomatoes, mozzarella balls (Or a cubed block of mozzarella as it is often cheaper!), a handful of fresh basil (shredded) and a good drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad
Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad

Fruit pasta salad

I love a fruit salad but this fruit pasta salad really is something else! It is filling, refreshing and so tasty I could eat it every day. In fact, as I type out this article I am looking forward to a bowl of it for my lunch!

Fruit pasta salad is made using predominantly berries but there is no reason you can not adjust my recipe to use any fruit you fancy. It is also a great way to use up any fruit that has gone a bit squidgy but isn’t actually off!

Fruit pasta salad
Fruit pasta salad

Other summer recipes for a heatwave

If these have helped you but you need more summer recipes for a heatwave then here are a few of my favourites!

Mango couscous (This is one of the recipes in my summer couscous recipes selection)

Mango couscous
Mango couscous

Sweetcorn fritter with salad, homemade chips, salsa or as a snack is a great summer recipe.

Sweetcorn fritter
Sweetcorn fritter

Dips and vegetable sticks are great for when you are hot and want a snack but hope to avoid unhealthy snacks such as crisps and breadsticks!

selection of dips and crudites
Selection of dips with crudites

Other articles you may find helpful

Cold rice recipes perfect for summer

Summer recipes for a heatwave

Quinoa recipes for summer

Couscous salad recipes

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