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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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I get along just fine with salads, but my boyfriend calls them “chick food.” This manly pasta salad with steak, peppers and onions makes us both happy. —Yvonne Starlin, Hermitage, Tennessee
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More Pasta Salads

Summer Macaroni Salad

Summer Macaroni Salad

Summer Macaroni Salad

When we grill, my mother asks me to make the family macaroni salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I was inspired by another salad to create this one. I switched out some ingredients to suit my family's tastes and they love it!—Maria Breiner, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

I "invented" this salad as I went along...it's a combination of various pasta salad recipes I'd seen. It can be served as a side dish, of course. In summer, however, my husband doesn't care for hot meals, so I make it as a main dish. We're recent city transplants with two young children, ages 6 and 3.
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Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

The crunch of walnuts and bacon is a pleasant contrast to the creamy rice-shaped pasta. The blue cheese and arugula lend a satisfying, savory quality.

Seafood Macaroni Salad

Seafood Macaroni Salad

Seafood Macaroni Salad

This refreshing salad is always well received, especially in summer. My mother said the recipe just "evolved", because she kept adding ingredients until it tasted right. It really does have great flavor!

Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad

With its fresh, crisp blend of fruit-and-veggie flavors, this pretty salad from our Test Kitchen is perfect for any springtime dinner or luncheon.

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!

Ramen Noodle Salad with Sweet 'n' Sour Dressing

Ramen Noodle Salad with Sweet 'n' Sour Dressing

Ramen Noodle Salad with Sweet 'n' Sour Dressing

Dolores Brignac's family was skeptical the first time she served this unusual salad-but one taste convinced them it was a winner. "Now when I bring it out, everyone digs in and cleans their plates," she pens from Braithwaite, Louisiana.

Sicilian Salad

Sicilian Salad

Sicilian Salad

Cheese cubes give substance to this beautiful, mild and fresh pasta salad. It makes a great side in any season. —Ben Haen, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

With fresh basil and tomatoes in the dressing, this refreshing salad delightfully captures the flavor of summer.

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Denise Ramey from Francesville, Indiana created this recipe by combining some of her favorite flavors and textures. Serve warmed tortilla chips on the side of this robust, crunchy pasta dish.

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.

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.

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

For a hearty warm-weather meal for two, Evelyn Kennell of Roanoke, Illinois suggests her pasta salad flavored with ham, crunchy celery and a creamy dressing.
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