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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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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
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Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

This pretty crowd-pleaser always stands out on the buffet table. With plenty of shrimp, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers and a host of herbs, it's a tasty change-of-pace from pasta salads. I serve it with a from-scratch vinaigrette.—Ginger Johnson, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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.

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.
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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.

Creamy Chicken Crunch

Creamy Chicken Crunch

Creamy Chicken Crunch

Whenever I take this salad to church functions and family picnics, I always come home with any empty bowl. And as any cook knows, that's a sure sign of success!

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

“I made a large version of this colorful pasta salad for a Super Bowl party, and all my guests loved it. They wanted to know what I put in it to make it taste so good,” Ana Colon writes from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Neptune Pasta Salad

Neptune Pasta Salad

Neptune Pasta Salad

This my original recipe and very easy to make. It's good for a light supper, and co-workers love it when I bring this to potluck lunches. —Deborah Baumgarten Jacksonville, Florida

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

Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Bird's Nest Egg Salad

Create these cute chow mein noodle nests with just three ingredients, then fill them with mounds of a nicely seasoned egg salad for tasty results.

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

My husband and I make this awesome salad together—he does the chopping. When we bring it to potlucks, we pack the ramen and almonds separately and toss them in right before it's time to dish up. They stay nice and crunchy that way. —Kristen Pallant, Big Arm, Montana



Garden Macaroni Salad

Garden Macaroni Salad

Garden Macaroni Salad

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

Chicken Spaghetti Salad

Chicken Spaghetti Salad

Chicken Spaghetti Salad

"I make this quick dish when I'm in a hurry and don't want a huge meal," notes Holly Siphavong, Eureka, California.

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.

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

"I love creating new and tasty foods, including this popular side-dish salad," Lori Menard writes from Omaha, Nebraska. "I make it often for my husband and me, especially during the summer months. If you add some cooked chicken breast, you can make this a meal for two."
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