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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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Garden Bow Tie Salad

Garden Bow Tie Salad

Garden Bow Tie Salad

Originally a vegetable dish, I added pasta for family gatherings and church potlucks. Try adding sliced mushrooms and diced tomatoes before serving. — Barbara Burks, Huntsville, Alabama

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Vegetables that are in season make great additions to this salad. It is perfect for picnics. — Danielle Miller, Westfield, Indiana

Slow-Cooked Tomato-Basil Couscous Salad

Slow-Cooked Tomato-Basil Couscous Salad

Slow-Cooked Tomato-Basil Couscous Salad

It’s hard to believe that tossing a few pantry ingredients with summer’s fresh best can yield such a lovely salad. Pair it with grilled lemon chicken for a light lunch. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, 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.

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.

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

Cashew Turkey Pasta Salad

Cashew Turkey Pasta Salad

Cashew Turkey Pasta Salad

Cashews add a nice crunch to this grilled turkey and spiral pasta combo. I first tasted this salad at a baby shower and asked the hostess for her recipe. Since then, I've served it for many occasions. -Karen Wyffels, Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Show-Off Salad

Show-Off Salad

Show-Off Salad

People tell me they can't stay away from this fresh-tasting salad, with its layers of lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, macaroni, hard-cooked eggs, ham and more. Mustard and pepper give a little zip to the creamy mayonnaise dressing. -C. Neomi Drummond, Des Moines, Iowa

Veggie Macaroni Salad

Veggie Macaroni Salad

Veggie Macaroni Salad

"When I bring this super salad to church dinners, there is usually nothing to take home," relates Lynn Cole of Sagle, Idaho. "Add 2 or 3 cups leftover turkey or chicken to create a filling main-dish salad," she suggests. "The dressing is so good that we use it on potato salads and even lettuce salads!"

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

Potluck Antipasto Salad

Potluck Antipasto Salad

Potluck Antipasto Salad

I take this fresh-tasting, colorful salad to potluck dinners throughout the year, since everyone who tries it loves it. The pasta, garbanzo beans and pepperoni make it a nice hearty dish. —Agnes Bulkley, Hicksville, New York
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