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

Italian Basil Pasta Salad

Ready for a big bite of summertime? Pass around this garden-fresh pasta salad. I'd suggest serving it at your next dinner party, potluck or luncheon. —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan
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More Pasta Salads

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

“My family asks for this salad often during the summer months. It’s become a favorite.” —Rosalee Ray, Lansing, Michigan

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!

Garden Macaroni Salad

Garden Macaroni Salad

Garden Macaroni Salad

Mustard and dill give this colorful salad a wonderful flavor, different from other pasta salads.

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.)

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!"

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.
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