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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.

Recipe Spotlight

Lemony Tortellini Bacon Salad

Who says summer meals have to be complicated? We love this tangy, simple and tasty salad on warm summer nights. Add a cold glass of lemonade or iced tea and dinner couldn’t be easier. —Samantha Vicars, Kenosha, WI
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More Pasta Salads

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

In less than 30 minutes, I can put together this hearty salad of pasta, white beans and veggies – and it’s good for a crowd. — Mya Zeronis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Luncheon Pasta Salad

Luncheon Pasta Salad

Luncheon Pasta Salad

I first tasted this salad at a ladies luncheon at church. My husband and children ask for this dish regularly. Freshly baked breadsticks are a tasty accompaniment.

Sweet-and-Sour Salad

Sweet-and-Sour Salad

Sweet-and-Sour Salad

Here's a tasty twist to pasta salad that my family really enjoys. The sweet-and-sour dressing is irresistible.—Sheryl Christian, Watertown, Wisconsin
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Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This pasta salad is frequently requested at family get-togethers. The poppy seed dressing is also delicious in coleslaw or with a tossed salad.

Graduation Macaroni Salad

Graduation Macaroni Salad

Graduation Macaroni Salad

Put this colorful creamy combination into the mix of dishes at your next get-together—and watch it disappear fast! Radishes, cucumber, green pepper and onion lend fresh garden flavor to the macaroni mixture. Remarks Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. "It also makes a nice light meal on a hot summer day." (For best results, unmold the salad just before serving.)

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!

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

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!

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Although tomatoes do not usually come to mind when someone mentions California, they are indeed one of our most plentiful crops. This chilled salad is particularly satisfying on hot summer days.

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

My great-aunt gave me the recipe for this rich, fruity salad, which goes especially well with a ham dinner. Before I even tasted it, I knew it would be good. I've never walked away from her kitchen disappointed. —Carolyn Shepherd, O'Neill, Nebraska

Chinese Turkey Pasta Salad

Chinese Turkey Pasta Salad

Chinese Turkey Pasta Salad

"This colorful palate-pleasing salad is ideal for weddings, luncheons and birthday parties," pens Nancy Bergeland from Madison, Minnesota.

Chicken Fruit Salad

Chicken Fruit Salad

Chicken Fruit Salad

I love the challenge of finding creative new ways to serve foods. So putting peaches in chicken salad seems only natural. My husband and I enjoy this hearty cool salad on hot summer evenings.—Elizabeth Waden, Timmonsville, South Carolina

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

Layered Tortellini-Spinach Salad

Layered Tortellini-Spinach Salad

Layered Tortellini-Spinach Salad

Layers of red cabbage, green spinach, cherry tomatoes and cheese-filled tortellini make this layered salad a real centerpiece. You can alter the amount of dressing to your liking, if you wish. —Genise Krause Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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