Our Best Pasta Salad Recipes When You Need a Side to Share (Or an All-In-One Meal)
Summer Pasta Salad
Forget what you thought you knew about pasta and 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 dish something special.
Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad
Zucchini, asparagus, bell pepper—oh my! This vegan pasta salad (Parmesan cheese is optional) is filled to the brim with mouthwatering grilled vegetables, plus a homemade balsamic vinaigrette adds delicious flavor to the dish.
Test Kitchen Tip: 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
Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken
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. Pizza night just became pasta night with this creative pasta salad idea!
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Chicken, Spinach, and Pasta Salad
Market Stand Pasta Salad with Garlic and Shallot Dressing
We’re all about putting a different spin on cold pasta salad recipes. Try this version using lasagna noodles and salami. You can customize the pasta salad recipe with your favorite vegetables or use the freshest produce from your garden or local farmers market.
Summer Spaghetti Salad
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Crunchy pine nuts, peppery arugula, and zippy basil pesto give this Italian pasta salad its signature texture and flavor. Homemade pesto makes all the difference, but store-bought will work if time’s an issue. The super-simple pasta salad recipe takes only 30 minutes and makes 10 to 12 servings.
Bow Tie Pesto Alfredo
Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella
For a hearty twist on traditional Caprese salad, we mixed rotini pasta with garlic-roasted cherry tomatoes. The result is a savory summer pasta salad that’s easy and tasty. When you're ready to serve, top the Italian pasta salad with mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves.
Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad
This cilantro-lime recipe is one of our most popular cold pasta salads. Grilled chicken and whole wheat noodles are the base for this healthy 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. The traditional Mexican salsa adds a slightly smoky flavor to this summer pasta salad recipe. To balance the spice, add cream cheese, avocado, and crispy chicken strips.
Peachy Chicken Pasta Salad
Fresh sliced peaches are tossed into the skillet at the last minute to give this warm pasta salad a sweet touch. Use any pasta from your pantry (like the radiatore shown here) in this elegant pasta salad, but we love the ribbon-like look of campanelle in this dish.
Test Kitchen Tip: Toast the walnuts for at least 5 minutes before chopping them for ultimate flavor.
Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad
Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are perfect for potlucks and picnics, and this easy recipe is no exception. Starring herbed tomatoes, mushrooms, and hearty beans, this penne pasta salad (though we used bow tie in the photo because it's what we had on hand) is sure to satisfy with a simple dressing that brings out the natural flavors of veggies.
Greek Spinach Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans
This Greek pasta salad is so easy. Simply toss together a few on-hand ingredients—pasta and canned beans—with favorites of Greek cuisine including spinach, feta cheese, and dried tomatoes. Shave some Parmesan or Pecorino Romano on top for presentation points.
Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad
Serve with a fresh plum on the side to provide a sweet balance to this lightly spicy dish (and make a complete meal). 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
Lime Couscous with Summer Veggies
Thai Chicken Pasta Salad
Using a pre-roasted chicken from the deli slashes the prep time for this cold pasta salad. This recipe calls for ramen noodles, but any sort of Asian noodle will do. Creamy peanut butter and coconut milk with lime juice give this dish its classic Thai flavors.
Shrimp-Boil Macaroni Salad
All the flavors of a classic shrimp boil come together in this family-friendly twist on a classic 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 them.