Pasta Salad: 23 Recipes to Try
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.
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.
BLT Pasta Salad
Now you can enjoy your favorite sandwich in pasta salad form! This take on classic pasta salad proves that everything is better with bacon (plus lettuce and tomato).
Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken
Calling all pesto-lovers: You need to try this pesto pasta salad! Using deli-roasted chicken and purchased pesto in this recipe makes it super easy and quick to prepare.
Pizza Pasta Salad
Pizza-lovers will flip for this picnic-ready dish. Add all of your favorite pizza ingredients—pepperoni, olives, mozzarella—to creamy pasta salad for a winning combo that will be devoured in no time.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is loaded with flavor! Simply toss roasted veggies like potatoes, carrots, and sweet peppers with fresh arugula and white kidney beans for a hearty and veggie-filled dish. This bright recipe will be a standout at any picnic or potluck.
Chicken, Spinach, and Pasta Salad
This veggie-filled pasta salad gets a healthy boost from spinach, mushrooms, and roma tomatoes. Add in chicken and penne pasta, and this fresh dish is well on its way to being served as a main course!
Market Stand Pasta Salad with Garlic and Shallot Dressing
For a different spin on pasta salad, try this version using lasagna noodles and salami. You can customize this pasta salad recipe with your favorite vegetables, or use the freshest produce from your garden or local farmer's market.
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.
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.
Bow Tie Pesto Alfredo
This savory pasta salad earns entree status with the addition of chicken sausage. Kid-friendly veggies make this a family favorite for an easy dinner.
Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella
For a hearty twist on 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 are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greek Pasta Salad
Toss fresh herbs, veggies, and olives with pasta for a sprightly side salad. Feta cheese gives the recipe a tangy finish.
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.
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.
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.