27 Tasty Pasta Salads

We show you how to make this picnic and potluck favorite sparkle with fresh and tasty mix-ins.


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Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta & Beans

    This go-to main dish is so easy. Simply toss together fresh spinach, feta cheese, olive oil, lemon, pasta, canned beans, and a handful of spices.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 12 cups
Prep   25 mins 
Stand  2 hrs 
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Greek Pasta Salad

    Fresh herbs, veggies, and olives are tossed with pasta in this sprightly salad. Feta cheese gives it a tangy finish.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 16 side-dish servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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Italian Market Pasta Salad

    A simple salad of mesclun greens, sweet grape tomatoes, blue cheese, pine nuts, and pasta is better than the sum of its parts.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

    Yellow sweet peppers, artichoke hearts, ripe olives, and a light lemon-herb dressing highlight this delicious -- and pretty -- pasta salad.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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Shrimp Pasta Salad

    A sophisticated little twist with Citrus Vinaigrette makes a summer-fresh dressing for this shrimp dish.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
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Chinese-Style Chicken Pasta Salad

    Pasta steps in for steamed rice in this Asian-inspired chicken salad. Be sure to purchase an Asian salad dressing to stay true to the salad's intended flavor.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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Fruity Pasta Salad

    Combine pasta, snow peas, honeydew, strawberries, and cashews, sprinkle with orange peel, and top with a white or clear poppy seed dressing to show off the fresh colors and flavors of this salad.

Makes: 25 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  24 hrs 
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Deli-Style Pasta Salad

    Thanks to rich, cheese-filled tortellini, a sprinkling of veggies, and classic mustard-herb vinaigrette, this pasta salad is in a league of its own.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Asian Vegetable and Pasta Salad

    The Asian ingredients of plum sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil make this pasta salad truly exceptional.

Serving size: 8 to 10 side-dish servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
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Curried Chicken and Pasta Salad

    Chicken salad takes an adventurous turn when you add the worldly flavors of papaya and curry.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
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Scallops and Pasta Salad

    The fat content in this scallops, spinach, and pea pasta salad is minimal because the orange and white wine vinegar dressing is made without any oil.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
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Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

    In late summer when the corn is sweet and tomatoes are juicy -- or when you're just aching for summer -- this salad is a refreshing side dish or light meal.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Cook   10 mins 
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Ginger-Peanut Pasta Salad

    Noodles bathed in a soy-ginger dressing and tossed with kohlrabi, carrots, sweet peppers, and radishes, and topped with cilantro and peanuts, make a tasty Asian-inspired salad.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
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Fontina Melon Salad

    Cheese, melon, watercress, and fresh mint create intriguing flavors carried beautifully by the pasta and enhanced with the poppy seed dressing.

Makes: 8 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Pea and Macaroni Salad

    Peas add flavor and color to this light salad while the mustard-and-horseradish-tinged dressing gives it a bit of a kick.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
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Ruffled Pasta with Wilted Greens

    Toss the hot pasta mixture with the salad greens just until the greens start to wilt. Then serve this Asian-inspired salad warm.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Spinach Pasta Salad

    The basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool pasta salad.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
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Italian Basil, Tomato, and Pasta Salad

    Pasta, green beans, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and plenty of basil topped with a generous dose of Parmesan and then tossed with a mustard-garlic vinaigrette make a simple -- and simply delicious -- salad.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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