Pasta salad is a great way to use leftover meats and veggies, and it can be made the night before a lazy day at the pool. Pasta is a healthy, simple food that provides complex carbs to curb your hunger through the afternoon. Small shapes such as elbow macaroni, bowties, penne and rotini hold ingredients well and are easier to eat than long strands of noodles.
The sky's the limit when making pasta salad. Throw in veggies such as peppers, mushrooms and artichokes with olive oil and vinegar to keep it light when it's sweltering outside. Add cubed cheese such as mozzarella or feta and chicken for protein.