Pasta Salad: 20 Recipes to Try

For your next potluck or picnic, make a delicious and easy pasta salad. With so many varieties -- Italian pasta salad, chicken pasta salad, and other party-ready recipes -- there's no need to rely on the same recipe every time. Switch it up with our pasta salads featuring fresh veggies and flavorful herbs.


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    • Summer Pasta Salad

      Forget what you thought you knew about pasta salad! This prosciutto- and produce-packed version changes everything. Broken lasagna noodles are a fun pasta choice, and add-ins such as olives and fresh mozzarella make this pasta salad something special.


    • Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

      Crunchy pine nuts, peppery arugula, and zippy basil pesto give this Italian pasta salad its unique texture and flavor. The super simple recipe takes only 30 minutes and makes 10 to 12 servings.

    • Summer Spaghetti Salad

      No elbows or rotini here -- we classed things up with spaghetti and veggie noodles for this pasta salad recipe. Red wine vinegar, toasted walnuts, and Italian parsley add to the sophistication.

    • Zucchini Noodles: Here's How

      Veggie noodles are all the rage! Watch how to make them, and try our Garlicky Zucchini Noodles Recipe.

    • Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

      Zucchini, asparagus, sweet pepper -- oh my! Not only is this pasta salad filled to the brim with mouthwatering grilled vegetables, but a homemade balsamic vinaigrette adds delicious flavor to the dish.

      Pasta Salad Pointer:
      To keep your salad moist, toss the cooked pasta in lemon juice and olive oil, then refrigerate overnight. This keeps the pasta from absorbing all the dressing, which can make the salad dry.

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    • Bow-Tie Pesto Alfredo

      This savory pasta salad earns entree status with the addition of juicy chicken sausage. Kid-friendly veggies make this a family favorite for an easy dinner.

      Watch! DIY Alfredo Sauce
    • Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

      For a hearty twist on the traditional Caprese salad, we mixed rotini pasta with garlic-roasted cherry tomatoes. To serve, top the Italian pasta salad with mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves.

    • Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

      Grilled chicken and whole wheat noodles make the base for this pasta salad recipe. Fresh fruit and veggies provide gorgeous color, making this dish sure to attract grazers at any gathering.

    • Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

      We kicked up the heat of this chicken and pasta salad by embracing poblano peppers and salsa taquera. To balance the spice, add cream cheese, avocado, and crispy chicken strips.

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      Pasta with Artichokes and Basil

      Enjoy the natural flavors of veggies without a complicated dressing. This pasta salad uses just a touch of olive oil to cook vegetables and gets hits of flavor from fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Make it a meal by adding shrimp or chicken.

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      Better Pasta Salad in One Step

      Watch our tips and tricks for making your best-yet pasta salad. (Hint: Allowing for an overnight noodle soak makes all the difference.)

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      Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

      Two potluck favorites -- deviled eggs and pasta salad -- find common ground in a side dish that everyone can agree on. Salty pickled onions and a creamy egg yolk dressing add tang.

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      Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad

      Pasta salads are perfect for potlucks and picnics, and this easy recipe is no exception. Starring herbed tomatoes and mushrooms and hearty beans, this penne pasta salad is sure to satisfy.

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      Greek Spinach Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

      This go-to pasta salad is so easy. Simply toss together a few on-hand ingredients -- pasta and canned beans -- with Greek favorites including spinach, feta cheese, and dried tomatoes.

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      Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

      Crunchy snow peas and carrots contrast the tender shrimp and pasta in this Asian-inspired pasta salad. Maximize flavor with fragrant cilantro and a serrano chile pepper.

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      The Secret to Crunchy Ramen Salad

      Keep the well-loved crunch in ramen pasta salad with our easy tip.

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      Thai Chicken-Noodle Salad

      Thai-style pasta salads are light and balanced. In our take, lime and cilantro brighten creamy peanut sauce, while cayenne contributes a bit of heat.

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      Mango Noodle Salad with Sesame Seeds

      Healthy meets pretty in this refreshing pasta salad containing whole grain noodles, sweet mangoes, and an easy Asian-inspired dressing.

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      Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

      We used whole wheat pasta, tons of veggies, and heart-healthy walnuts to boost the nutrition content in this delicious Italian pasta salad.

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      Greek Pasta Salad

      Toss fresh herbs, veggies, and olives with pasta for a sprightly side salad. Feta cheese gives the recipe a tangy finish.

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      Lime Couscous with Summer Veggies

      Don't discount couscous when picking the perfect pasta for your salad. We tossed tender veggies on top of the grainy pasta, then spiked the dish with citrusy dressing and a blanket of shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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      Shrimp-Boil Macaroni Salad

      There's a little more prep involved in this pasta salad, but the layered flavors and 12 grams of protein ensure that everyone is satisfied. The secret is to simmer the shrimp shells in the cooking liquid to add flavor before discarding.

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      Pasta Spinach Salad

      Traditional Mediterranean flavors, such as feta, olives, and tomatoes, team up in this elegant Italian pasta salad. It's the perfect recipe for a casual family picnic or dinner.

    • Next Slideshow Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

      Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

      Pasta salad is an easy and versatile dish, perfect for potlucks, packed lunches, and main-dish dinners. Try one of our veggie-loaded healthy pasta salad recipes under 400 calories for a delicious dish that's full of nutrition.
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