By Noel Christmas

Could anything start the sun-filled world of outdoor barbeques, cookouts, and picnics quite like a refreshing pesto pasta salad? Here are 5 tasty ways to kick off your summer dinners:

1. Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Rave Review: "Easy to make and I like the fact that the dressing is made fresh and not from a bottle."—Dana from Murrieta

Photo by Molly

2. Parsley Walnut Pesto Quinoa Salad

Rave Review: "Seriously amazing. I love how healthy this is and can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!"LilSnoo

Photo by LilSnoo

3. Fabulous Pesto Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "Wonderful light, clean, refreshing anytime salad. I totally agree with other reviewers, way better the next day!"—SEAHAGTOY

Photo by Deb C.

4. Tortellini Pesto Salad

Rave Review: "This was a huge hit at a family gathering. It had a unique flavor that had everyone asking for the recipe."—Emily

Photo by Maria