Not sure What to Eat with Pasta Salad? Below we list all of our favorite dishes that pair perfectly with pasta salad, including juicy burgers, steak and chicken dishes, flavor-packed pizza, and scrumptious sandwiches.
Pasta Salad is one of our go to lunches and summer sides. Our Zesty Italian Pasta Salad is packed with Mediterranean ingredients like olives and sun-dried tomatoes and requires minimal effort.
Below we've rounded up 16 of our favorite recipes that we enjoy with pasta salad so you know exactly what to make with pasta salad for your next lunch or BBQ.
1. Cast Iron Skillet Burger
2. Hawaiian Roll Turkey Pesto Sliders
3. BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs
4. Bavette Steak (Flank Steak)
5. Caprese Sandwich with Truffle Salt
6. Elotes Style Corn with Furikake
7. BBQ Pulled Chicken Burgers
8. Prosciutto Ricotta Pizza
9. Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Pomodoro
10. Tamago Sando (Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich)
11. Flank Steak Salad
12. Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
13. Healthy Corn and Zucchini Fritters
14. Burrata Caprese with Balsamic Glaze
15. Wagyu Beef Cheeseburger
16. Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread with Miso
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What to Serve With Pasta Salad: 16 Tasty Dishes
- 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil vegetable, avocado, or grapeseed oil
- 1 lb ground beef 85% lean / 15%fat
- 4 burger buns
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 cheese slices optional
- 4 tomato slices optional
- lettuce optional
- grilled or sliced raw onion optional
- ketchup optional
- Mix meat and form patties - In a mixing bowl, combine beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix gently until combined, careful to not over mix. Form the meat into 4 equal-sized patties and use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle of each patty. This prevents the meat from puffing up in the center when cooked.1 lb ground beef, 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cook patties - Heat a skillet or griddle on medium heat and add oil. Once the skillet heats for about 2 minutes, add the patties to the pan. For medium rare, cook for 4 minutes on each side; for medium, cook 5 minutes on each side. If the pan is small, cook 2 patties at a time.1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
- Add cheese - In the last minute of cooking, add cheese on top of each patty if desired and place a lid on the skillet to allow the cheese to melt. Remove the lid from the skillet and remove the skillet from the heat.4 cheese slices
- Toast buns - While the patties cook, toast the hamburger buns until just golden brown and still soft.4 burger buns
- Assemble burgers - Assemble on toasted buns with ketchup or your favorite spread, lettuce, tomato, raw sliced or grilled onions, or with your preferred toppings.4 tomato slices,lettuce,grilled or sliced raw onions,ketchup4 tomato slices, lettuce, grilled or sliced raw onion, ketchup
- Refrigerate wet ingredients (burger, lettuce, tomato, onion) and dry ingredients (buns) in separate air-tight containers and recombine when ready. In order to reheat the patty and grilled onions, let them temper to room temperature for 15 minutes then reheat them in a skillet over low heat.
- Be careful to not over mix patties or the burgers will be tough.
- Keep a close eye on your burger patties to ensure they cook to the desired level (we love ours medium rare).
- Drizzle any leftover juice in the pan onto the meat when you make the burger for extra flavor.