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Pasta Salads

Pasta salads are a hit at potlucks and picnics or a simple weeknight meal. Find easy and healthy options for pasta salad recipes including Italian, chicken, tortellini, pesto, macaroni, tuna, and more.

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After finding this vintage macaroni salad years ago, I tweaked the flavor and bumped up the pickles. Tuck it inside your picnic basket. —Elizabeth Kirchgatter, Maysville, Kentucky
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Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Too hot to cook? Then try a main-dish salad served on cool, refreshing cantaloupe wedges. Serve with a grainy muffin or hard roll and pitchers of iced tea.

Orange Chicken Pasta Salad

Orange Chicken Pasta Salad

Orange Chicken Pasta Salad

Dining alone? Try this colorful salad from Mary Lewis of Norman, Oklahoma. Refreshing mandarin oranges and a creamy citrus dressing complement tender cubes of chicken, pasta spirals, veggies and sliced red grapes. Truly, it's an entree in itself!

Orzo Vegetable Salad

Orzo Vegetable Salad

Orzo Vegetable Salad

Heading to a cookout and need something to share? Tangy lemon dressing over cool orzo and vegetables is everything you want in a summer dish.—Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
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Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

"This attractive, fresh-tasting salad can conveniently be made the night before," notes Lucia Johnson of Massena, New York. "The recipe yields a big bowl!"

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

I made this salad one year when a neighbor came over to help my husband put up hay. They both were hot and dusty, so this cool dish was well received. It's a meal in itself.

Garden Spaghetti Salad

Garden Spaghetti Salad

Garden Spaghetti Salad

This refreshing salad is very popular with my family, especially in summer when crisp sweet corn is fresh. It is particularly good alongside a grilled meat entree. —Gloria O'Bryan, Boulder, Colorado

Vegetable Garden Pasta Salad

Vegetable Garden Pasta Salad

Vegetable Garden Pasta Salad

Fresh produce is showcased in this salad. My husband, Richard, is not too crazy about plain vegetables, so I came up with this colorful salad. He loves it, and so does our son.—Rhonda Knight, Hecker, Illinois

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

"I love creating new and tasty foods, including this popular side-dish salad," Lori Menard writes from Omaha, Nebraska. "I make it often for my husband and me, especially during the summer months. If you add some cooked chicken breast, you can make this a meal for two."

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

One of my childhood friends moved to Italy 20 years ago. During a recent visit to see her, I enjoyed a scrumptious salad made with tortellini and fresh vegetables. I fell in love with the dish and have been trying to recreate ever since. How'd I do? —Kelly Mapes, Fort Collins, Colorado

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Chicken Pasta Salad for Four

Santa himself might find it hard to resist this hearty, colorful chicken salad packed with veggies, pasta and flavor. Our Test Kitchen added just the right touch of heat to warm and welcome friends and family in from the cold! TIP: This versatile recipe can be varied for all seasons of the year by adding hard-cooked eggs, different meats, such as turkey, ham, tuna or shrimp…even by changing the nuts and vegetables to whatever you have on hand!



Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Create these cute chow mein noodle nests with just three ingredients, then fill them with mounds of a nicely seasoned egg salad for tasty results.

Couscous Chicken Salad

Couscous Chicken Salad

Couscous Chicken Salad

“This is perfect for a speedy lunch. It's easy to make and you can keep most of the ingredients on hand for a nutritious meal.” Linda Baggett - Arcata, California

Sausage Bow Tie Salad

Sausage Bow Tie Salad

Sausage Bow Tie Salad

"I made this flavorful entree salad for a first date. My boyfriend like ti so much, he took the leftovers home—and his roommates rave about it, too!" notes Christina Campeau, Simi Valley, California. "For a change of pace, substitute turkey sausage for the kielbasa," she suggests.

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

“My family asks for this salad often during the summer months. It’s become a favorite.” —Rosalee Ray, Lansing, Michigan
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