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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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Our taste panel went ga-ga over the heat, seasonings and appearance of this colorful main-dish salad. Try it! —Eileen Budnyk, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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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

Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Spinach, peppers and onions mingle with tangy feta cheese in this simple pasta salad. Feel free to make it ahead of time, so it’s ready when you are.—Jacquelyn Saintjohn, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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
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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

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!

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!"

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

Italian Garden Salad

Italian Garden Salad

Italian Garden Salad

This recipe is a great way to use the vegetables my husband raises on our farm. It's always well received and is perfect for summer picnics, office luncheons or a light dinner. Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

My grandmother used to serve this side dish along with roast leg of lamb. With its fresh mint taste, it also makes a nice salad served chilled. It's simple but delicious. -Kristen Dunphy of Haverhill, Massachusetts

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

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.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

This is a refreshing salad that keeps a summer kitchen cool. It's a tasty way to get my family to eat their vegetables.—Janette Garner, Carmel, Indiana

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Pasta Crab Egg Salad

Your family will never guess that the flavorful coating for this pasta and crab combination starts with yesterday's egg salad. This delicious second-day dish is simple to assemble and pretty, too.

Colorful Pasta Salad

Colorful Pasta Salad

Colorful Pasta Salad

The colorful side dish shared by Mary Tallman of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin features sweet pineapple, crunchy vegetables and refreshing cilantro in a tangy dressing with pasta. It requires just 15 minutes of prep time, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or on-the-go dinner.
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