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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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Macaroni Coleslaw

Macaroni Coleslaw

Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. —Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity and refreshing, and the cashews add wonderful crunch. Every time I serve it at a potluck or picnic, I get rave reviews…and always come home with an empty bowl! —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

From Sardis, Ohio, Dorothy Bayes sends this refreshingly light take on an all-time favorite. It's perfect for a fast weeknight dinner or festive weekend barbecue.
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Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

My family's not big on traditional pasta salads made with mayonnaise, so when I served this colorful version that uses Italian dressing, it was a big hit. This crowd-pleaser is loaded with vegetables, beans and tricolor pasta. -Felicia Fiocchi, Vineland, New Jersey

Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Whenever I attend a potluck or family gathering, I'm asked to make this salad, which has been a family secret for over 50 years. My husband likes it as a main dish, served with garlic bread. —Barbara Robbins Cave Junction, Oregon

Special Sesame Chicken Salad

Special Sesame Chicken Salad

Special Sesame Chicken Salad

With its delicious mix of crunchy peanuts, tangy dried cranberries and mandarin oranges, this colorful pasta salad is a definite crowd-pleaser. Water chestnuts and a teriyaki dressing give this main dish its Asian flare.—Carolee Ewell, Santaquin, Utah

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

This salad makes the most of summer's bounty. I used to prepare it with a mayonnaise dressing, but lightened it with lemon vinaigrette. It's even better now! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

This zesty recipe combines vegetables and pasta in a creamy dressing. Refreshing and filling, this change-of-pace salad is perfect as a side dish. It's always popular at a potluck.

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

I'm a 77-year-old great-grandmother and have been making this satisfying salad for years. It's my most requested recipe for family gatherings. It's simple to make ahead of time and looks lovely with all of its tasty layers. Dijon mustard gives a nice kick to the dressing. -Noreen Meyer, Madison, Wisconsin

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Vegetables that are in season make great additions to this orzo salad. It's the perfect side dish for a picnic, it can easily be doubled for a crowd, or you can add grilled chicken to make it a filling entree. — Danielle Miller, Westfield, Indiana

Veggie Pasta Salad

Veggie Pasta Salad

Veggie Pasta Salad

Melissa Marsh of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania shares this colorful pasta salad with fresh veggies in a pleasant balsamic vinegar dressing. Fix a batch ahead of time for sensational meatless meals all week.
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