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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.

Sesame Chicken Couscous Salad

Sesame Chicken Couscous Salad

Sesame Chicken Couscous Salad

I grow lots of the ingredients needed in this recipe. Fresh-tasting and crunchy, it's a perfect summer salad. Try leaving out the chicken and mixing the veggies with the couscous for a fun side dish. —Tari Ambler of Shorewood, Illinois

Homemade Pasta Salad

Homemade Pasta Salad

Homemade Pasta Salad

I like to serve this colorful salad over a bed of leafy green lettuce for a pretty look. With its rich dressing of sour cream and dill, it makes a great change-of-pace pasta for picnics. —Julie Wilson of Chetek, Wisconsin

Black Bean Bow Tie Salad

Black Bean Bow Tie Salad

Black Bean Bow Tie Salad

Even people who don't like beans compliment me on this delicious salad! It's a favorite at family get-togethers and potlucks. The slimmed-down dressing gets little kick from cilantro and lime. —Teresa Smith of Huron, South Dakota
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Shrimp Shell Salad

Shrimp Shell Salad

Shrimp Shell Salad

My mother came up with this lovely salad when she lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and I modified it to make it lower in fat. Instead of buying small shrimp and chopping them, I often use salad shrimp. —Adrienne Barbe of Litchfield, Connecticut

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is a popular addition to summer menus. My children love this salad.—Danielle Carpenter, Vienna, West Virginia

Makeover Pizza Pasta Salad

Makeover Pizza Pasta Salad

Makeover Pizza Pasta Salad

This remake of a recipe cuts the fat in half, reduced the calories and cholesterol by a third and reduce the sodium by a fifth. Yet there's still plenty of flavor in this dish to please your family's palate.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Chicken Bow Tie Salad

Chicken Bow Tie Salad

Chicken Bow Tie Salad

"I first prepared this pasta salad for a family picnic at a national park and everyone really enjoyed it. I'm sure Mother Nature helped make that meal so memorable, but I still find myself serving this often during the summer," writes Pam Guerin of Skowhegan, Maine. A zippy dressing lightly coats the tossed mixture of pasta, chicken, tomato and onion.

Deli Pasta Salad with Veggies

Deli Pasta Salad with Veggies

Deli Pasta Salad with Veggies

This salad is wonderful for a crowd. Men love the robust flavor, women enjoy the colorful vegetables and kids gobble up the tender pasta. —Lana Boyd, Laredo, Texas

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad

This satisfying salad has a nice blend of textures and flavors. I appreciate its make-ahead convenience when I'm entertaining. —Ann Brown, Bolivar, Missouri

Mandarin Pasta Salad

Mandarin Pasta Salad

Mandarin Pasta Salad

I developed this recipe when I was asked to bring a salad to a birthday party for my husband's grandfather. Guests raved about my creative dish! —Kathleen Dougherty, Williamsville, Illinois

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
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