7 Cold Pasta Recipes You Can Enjoy All Summer Long

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Welcome to The Cool Down, Hunker's definitive guide for staying cool, calm, and collected all summer long.

As the temperature rises, consider switching from hot pasta dishes to cold ones to keep the carb-y goodness going all year long. But don't limit yourself to the traditional tomato-olive-mozzarella recipe. Expand your horizons with flavors from all around the world, while keeping down the heat in the kitchen. (It's no-sweat cooking — literally!)

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Here are seven cold pasta dishes that will be the star of any summer dinner party.

1. The Mindful Hapa Avocado Pasta Salad

This delicious and healthy pasta salad is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan — and it can be made in just 30 minutes. Instead of mayo, it relies on a creamy avocado dressing.

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2. California Strawberries Strawberry Burrata Salad

Who could resist creamy burrata and sweet strawberries? Add in some balsamic vinegar and you've got a flavor explosion.

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3. The Seasoned Skillet Bruschetta Pasta With Balsamic Drizzle

This riff on the classic Italian antipasto is incredibly versatile. Add protein, swap the pasta for a gluten-free option, or toss in some cheese — the options are limitless.

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4. Blue Jean Chef Sesame Chicken Tortellini Salad

The sesame-ginger dressing takes this fresh pasta salad to the next level.

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5. Cupful of Kale Roasted Zucchini Pesto Pasta

Pesto is a pasta classic. Toss in some roasted zucchini and you've got a perfect side dish for a summer barbecue.

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6. Simmer and Sage Flaky Salmon and Dill Pasta

Craving a little seafood? This salmon and dill pasta salad has you covered.

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7. The No Recipe Recipe Udon With Mango Carpaccio and Peanut Dressing

Consider us all in for fruity freshness, udon noodles, and a spicy peanut dressing.

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