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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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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!"

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!

Macadamia Citrus Couscous

Macadamia Citrus Couscous

Macadamia Citrus Couscous

Our Test Kitchen provides this tasty twist on couscous salad. It pairs well with many entrees. Or toss in some cooked shrimp for a meal on the lighter side.
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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

Shrimp 'n' Shells Salad

Shrimp 'n' Shells Salad

Shrimp 'n' Shells Salad

"I received this recipe from a friend," explains Heather Richardson. "It can even be served as a light dinner with toasted garlic bread." The St. Paul, Virginia reader serves the low-fat salad on a bed of fresh greens.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.



Pasta Salad in a Jar

Pasta Salad in a Jar

Pasta Salad in a Jar

If you're planning a picnic, make this pasta a day ahead. For my husband's lunch at work, I sometimes tie a plastic fork on the jar. —Pat Neiheisel, Leetonia, Ohio

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.

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

Fast Marinated Salad

Fast Marinated Salad

Fast Marinated Salad

This chilled pasta salad is pleasing to the eye and the palate. Susan Branch likes to serve it when sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini are in season around her Kalamazoo, Michigan home. Her make-ahead favorite is lightly dressed with tarragon vinegar, olive oil and dill week.
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