You know it's picnic season when the sky is perfect cerulean blue and the sun is warm enough that a cool breeze spurs on a sigh of relief. Grab your wicker basket, take out your red-checkered cloth, find a nice patch of shady grass, and enjoy your favorite picnic foods with friends and family! Whether you're making hot dogs, fried chicken, or burgers, you'll need a tasty side to go with it, and these pasta salads are a great way to go. Enjoy them cold (or sometimes warm, if you like), and relish the sunshine today!

"Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon, Green Olives, and Cucumbers from Kalyn's Kitchen"

Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Lemon, Green Olives, and Cucumbers from Kalyn's Kitchen

"Ravioli Pasta Salad from 101 Cookbooks"

Ravioli Pasta Salad from 101 Cookbooks

"Shrimp Pasta Salad from Simply Recipes"

Shrimp Pasta Salad from Simply Recipes

"Greek Salad with Orzo and Black-Eyed Peas from Epicurious"

Greek Salad with Orzo and Black-Eyed Peas from Epicurious

"Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes from Skinnytaste"

Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes from Skinnytaste

"Orzo Salad with Spinach Pesto, Olives, and Feta from The Kitchn"

Orzo Salad with Spinach Pesto, Olives, and Feta from The Kitchn

"Spring Pasta Salad from Food52 Photo by Nicole Franzen"

Spring Pasta Salad from Food52 Photo by Nicole Franzen

"Tortellini Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Olives from Baked Bree"

Tortellini Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Olives from Baked Bree

"Thai Steak and Noodle Salad from Camille Styles"

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

"Corn Pesto Macaroni Salad Recipe from Food Republic (Photo by Mark Shaw)"

Corn Pesto Macaroni Salad Recipe from Food Republic Photo by Mark Shaw