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Cold Pasta Salad Recipes

Looking for recipes for cold pasta salad? Taste of Home has the best cold pasta salad recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Full of buffalo flavors, this is one of my favorite side dishes at potlucks and tailgate parties, but you could also serve it as a main. It can be eaten warm or cold so it's easy to make ahead of time. Sometimes I even use precooked small shrimp instead of the chicken or leave out the meat if I need a vegetarian dish. —Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut

Family-Favorite Hearty Macaroni Salad

Family-Favorite Hearty Macaroni Salad

Family-Favorite Hearty Macaroni Salad

My grandmother, Marguerite Lemire, makes this old-fashioned side dish for every family function. This hearty chilled salad has classic ingredients plus a bit of vinegar to give it zing.

Garden Pesto Pasta Salad

Garden Pesto Pasta Salad

Garden Pesto Pasta Salad

My family and I live on a homestead in the Missouri Ozarks and produce much of our own food. In the summer, when the garden is bursting with fresh vegetables and it’s too hot to cook, I like to use the seasonal veggies for pasta salads and other cool meals. —Sarah Mathews, Ava, Missouri
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Italian-Style Pasta Toss

Italian-Style Pasta Toss

Italian-Style Pasta Toss

This colorful main-dish salad comes from the Homemakers School recipe collection. You can prepare this salad in a flash since it uses convenience foods. Serve warm or cold.

Lentil Couscous Salad

Lentil Couscous Salad

Lentil Couscous Salad

“The delectable blend of flavors in this easy lentil salad convinced me to enter a men's cooking contest,” writes Shannon Schunicht, College Station, Texas. It won first prize and kudos from his wife, Christie.

Pasta Salad with Ham

Pasta Salad with Ham

Pasta Salad with Ham

A bowl of this pasta salad is popular at potlucks. It's always one of the first dishes to go.—Ruth Bolduc, Conway, New Hampshire

Pineapple Couscous Salad

Pineapple Couscous Salad

Pineapple Couscous Salad

Pineapple and green chilies flavor this salad from Margaret Pache. "I used to make this with rice, then decided to try couscous for something different," explains the Mesa, Arizona cook.

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad

This side dish’s sweet dressing has a bit of kick that combines perfectly with the pasta, seafood and veggies. Elizabeth Halfman of Davenport, Iowa shares the recipe.

Spinach Pasta Salad

Spinach Pasta Salad

Spinach Pasta Salad

There's real festive flair in this recipe. The pasta that Kay Odegard of Chicago, Illinois adds gives her spinach salad a heartiness most others lack—something she says folks in her neighborhood appreciate.—Kay Odegard, Chicago, Illinois

Turkey and Pasta Salad

Turkey and Pasta Salad

Turkey and Pasta Salad

This is a great way to use up leftover turkey after the holidays. Grilled chicken is as good substitute. —Megan Taylor

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Udon Noodles with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Thai cuisine has such wonderfully intense flavors, but the dishes can be heavy and time-consuming. My answer is a refreshing salad with mango, gingerroot and a pop of jalapeno. —Melanie Stevenson, Reading, Pennsylvania
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