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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.

Flavorful Crab Pasta Salad

Flavorful Crab Pasta Salad

Flavorful Crab Pasta Salad

“After enjoying this recipe for years, I substituted fat-free mayonnaise and reduced-fat dressing one day,” shares Heather O’Neill from Dudley, Massachusetts. “I was just delighted to find it kept all the same wonderful flavor!”

Veggie Spiral Salad

Veggie Spiral Salad

Veggie Spiral Salad

My husband and son detested pasta salad before I came up with this one. But there were no leftovers the very first time I served this—now it's a summertime family favorite! Filled with fresh, crunchy radishes and celery, juicy tomatoes and cucumbers, this nutritious recipe is one to try with your gang. —Melody Loyd, Parowan, Utah

Garden Shell Salad

Garden Shell Salad

Garden Shell Salad

Fresh basil marries the flavors of this splendid salad from Kathy Glasgow. The Marysville, California reader lightly dresses the dish, making it ideal with almost any entree.
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Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

This is my mother's favorite meatless meal. It is great either as a side dish for dinner or the main course for lunch. It is so colorful and is also delicious.—Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Sweet Pepper Pesto Pasta

Sweet Pepper Pesto Pasta

Sweet Pepper Pesto Pasta

What’s a family gathering or summer potluck supper without at least one pasta salad? This mouthwatering meal mainstay from Karen Hentges of Bakersfield, California can be served hot or cold. “It’s great freshly made or for several days after.“—Karen Hentges, Bakersfield, California

Shrimp Orzo Salad

Shrimp Orzo Salad

Shrimp Orzo Salad

A half hour is all you need to mix up this colorful crowd-pleaser. Offering plenty of shrimp, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers and a host of herbs, it's a tasty change-of-pace from pasta salads. "The recipe completes any buffet," notes Ginger Johnson of Farmington, Illinois.

Creepy-Crawly Pasta Salad

Creepy-Crawly Pasta Salad

Creepy-Crawly Pasta Salad

As a change of pace from pasta salads featuring Italian salad dressing or mayonnaise, our Test Kitchen developed a delicious sweet-and-sour dressing. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Field editor Traci Wynne writes from Denver, Pennsylvania, “I adore shrimp, so to have it sneak into a pasta salad is a real treat for me. The combination of lemon-dill sauce over chilled pasta is a refreshing taste in the hot summer.”

Pesto Pasta Medley

Pesto Pasta Medley

Pesto Pasta Medley

This was a favorite recipe at the prep school where I used to work. I always receive complements and requests for the recipe.—Beth Lepore, Winchester, Massachusetts

Spiral Pasta Salad with Marjoram Vinaigrette

Spiral Pasta Salad with Marjoram Vinaigrette

Spiral Pasta Salad with Marjoram Vinaigrette

Field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin likes to use home-grown herbs in her recipes. Notes Sue, “Marjoram, which I think is under-used, gets well-deserved attention in this fresh-tasting salad.”

Confetti Pea Salad

Confetti Pea Salad

Confetti Pea Salad

There’s something for every taste in this well-dressed medley from Marie Beardsley of Big Sandy, Texas. Peas, pasta, chicken, apples, walnuts (and more!) make this a hearty main-dish salad you’ll enjoy year-round.
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