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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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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
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Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love when opposites attract. A sweet and sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft Soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

Garden Spaghetti Salad

Garden Spaghetti Salad

Garden Spaghetti Salad

This refreshing salad is very popular with my family, especially in summer when crisp sweet corn is fresh. It is particularly good alongside a grilled meat entree. —Gloria O'Bryan, Boulder, Colorado

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

One of my childhood friends moved to Italy 20 years ago. During a recent visit to see her, I enjoyed a scrumptious salad made with tortellini and fresh vegetables. I fell in love with the dish and have been trying to recreate ever since. How'd I do? —Kelly Mapes, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Gingered Spaghetti Salad

Gingered Spaghetti Salad

Gingered Spaghetti Salad

With a wonderful blend of bright flavors and colors, this cold pasta salad is ideal for warm summer days. Cindy Heinbaugh - Aurora, Colorado

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

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.

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

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I was inspired by another salad to create this one. I switched out some ingredients to suit my family's tastes and they love it!—Maria Breiner, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

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

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love when opposites attract. A sweet and sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft Soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina



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."

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.

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.

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!
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