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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 often serve a pasta salad for a buffet. That way, there’s no need for a side salad. Any leftover pasta salad is great stuffed in halved and cored plum tomatoes. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
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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.

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.

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

Cherry-Chicken Pasta Salad

The Women in Mission group at my church always receives compliments for this sweet and savory salad.
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Sweet and Tangy Pasta Salad

Sweet and Tangy Pasta Salad

Sweet and Tangy Pasta Salad

June Herke WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA I’m a retired farmwife and one of 16 children. I learned lots about cooking from my mother. This recipe is my version of a much simpler one.

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.

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

To create a more interesting pasta salad, I added pasta to my favorite black-eyed pea salad. The result is different and delicious. Cucumber and green pepper give this picnic side dish a satisfying crunch. —Melinda Ewbank of Fairfield, Ohio

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

"Red pepper pieces accent this yummy side dish, and the pasta wheels really 'drive' the theme," says Amber Kimmich from Powhatan, Virginia.

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

With pasta salad, it’s easy to change up ingredients. We like to add grilled chicken and pine nuts and sometimes change the chickpeas to black beans. —Julie Kirkpatrick, Billings, Montana

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.

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



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.

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.)

Curried Couscous Salad

Curried Couscous Salad

Curried Couscous Salad

From Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Lynn Gamache shares this delightful chilled salad. "It's great for picnics," she notes. "It can be prepared a day early and goes well with most main dishes. Add cooked shrimp or cheese cubes for a simple one-dish meal."

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.
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