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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.

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.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

This is a refreshing salad that keeps a summer kitchen cool. It's a tasty way to get my family to eat their vegetables.—Janette Garner, Carmel, Indiana

Strikeout Salad

Strikeout Salad

Strikeout Salad

This medley of garden-fresh vegetables, tender pasta and a homemade vinaigrette is sure to execute a triple play on your taste buds. The tubular noodles and round olives will likely remind your crew of bats and balls.
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Ham Macaroni Salad

Ham Macaroni Salad

Ham Macaroni Salad

"I made some changes to the original recipe by adding extra tomatoes, more color, celery for crunch, relish for a hint of sweetness and ham to make it more filling," explains Karen Ballance of Wolf Lake, Illinois. "It's great for picnics and potlucks or as a side dish for any meal," she adds. "It's also handy because you make it ahead of time."

Crab Pasta Salad

Crab Pasta Salad

Crab Pasta Salad

This salad has a very good blend of flavors. It's easy to make and especially delicious on a hot day.

Summer Spiral Salad

Summer Spiral Salad

Summer Spiral Salad

In San Antonio, Texas, Evelyn Billingsley celebrates the freshet tastes of the season by tossing together an herb-enhanced salad. "It's a simple and delicious way to perk up picnics and potlucks," she suggests. "Be creative and add sliced zucchini, yellow summer squash or any vegetables your family fancies."

Tortellini Bean Salad

Tortellini Bean Salad

Tortellini Bean Salad

Beans will bring bravos when you present this pleasant pasta and veggie salad. "I first made it for friends who are very good cooks. When it was gone, they asked where the second bowl was," chuckles Lenore Adams of Dayton, Ohio. "Among my make-ahead favorites, it's a big hit every time I serve it."

Colorful Linguine Salad

Colorful Linguine Salad

Colorful Linguine Salad

"For a long time, my family has been trying to cut down on high-fat foods," relates Lee Ann Berijan of Blaine, Minnesota. "I've tried to use my creativity and my family's love of pasta to provide tasty meals. This light satisfying dish is great after a day in the summer sun."

Pasta Crab Salad

Pasta Crab Salad

Pasta Crab Salad

"When it comes to cooking, I believe the simpler the better," writes Holland, Michigan's Carol Blauw. "A few years ago, a co-worker told me about this colorful, tasty and, most importantly, easy-to-prepare salad," she says. "It has been a favorite at our house ever since."

Sun Kernel Delight

Sun Kernel Delight

Sun Kernel Delight

This delightfully different cold pasta salad features apples, pineapple and sunflower kernels, which add a nice crunch. My family loves it.—Kelly Culp, Clinton, Ohio

Black Bean Pasta Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

Cooking healthy doesn't mean you have to spend hours in a hot kitchen. Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson serves a low-fat, fuss-free fiesta at her Lusby, Maryland home by simply combining a refrigerating a few tasty ingredients.
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