This colorful Summer Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your cookout. It’s a light, flavorful dish that will make everyone want seconds. Packed with colorful cherry tomatoes, avocado, fresh mozzarella cheese and a lemon herb olive oil dressing.
Need a side dish idea to bring to a summer cookout? This easy tomato and avocado pasta salad is the perfect compliment to any grilled meal.
Pasta salads like this are great for entertaining or bringing to a party, because you can get it all assembled and in the fridge ahead of time.
What is in this pasta salad?
This pasta salad is made with lots of colorful, fresh, flavorful ingredients. I found a pint of cherry tomatoes at my local farm market that had red, yellow and orange cherry tomatoes in it. If you can’t find something like that, just red or just yellow will work fine too.
Avocados are a favorite in our house, so it was an obvious addition to this salad for me. It adds some great flavor and texture.
I also added fresh mozzarella, which was probably my favorite part of this pasta salad! It really brought all of the flavors together.
Finally, I made an easy dressing using olive oil, lemon juice, salt and dried basil.
I used rigatoni pasta, but you can mix it up with your favorite type of pasta! We also love this recipe with bowtie pasta, fusilli or penne. If you have questions about the different types of pastas, I love this article from Jessica Gavin that talks about 33 types of pasta and their uses!
What to Serve with this Pasta Salad
This pasta salad goes great with just about any grilled meal, from chicken to pork to burgers to ribs. I loved how it tasted with grilled chicken!
How to make this pasta salad a full meal
You can even turn this side dish into a main dish by adding a meat like grilled chicken. It’s a light summer meal this way!