Italian Pasta Salads

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Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad

Using a bottled Italian dressing makes this noodle salad breeze to prepare. Celery, green peppers and onions give it a pleasing texture and nice crunch.—Ken Churches, San Andreas, California

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

I "invented" this salad as I went along...it's a combination of various pasta salad recipes I'd seen. It can be served as a side dish, of course. In summer, however, my husband doesn't care for hot meals, so I make it as a main dish. We're recent city transplants with two young children, ages 6 and 3.

Picnic Pasta Salad

Picnic Pasta Salad

Picnic Pasta Salad

I like recipes that use what we grow. This particular recipe has been handed down in our family for years. I can't go to a picnic without it.

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Although tomatoes do not usually come to mind when someone mentions California, they are indeed one of our most plentiful crops. This chilled salad is particularly satisfying on hot summer days.

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

My great-aunt gave me the recipe for this rich, fruity salad, which goes especially well with a ham dinner. Before I even tasted it, I knew it would be good. I've never walked away from her kitchen disappointed. —Carolyn Shepherd, O'Neill, Nebraska

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.

Shrimp Linguine Salad

Shrimp Linguine Salad

Shrimp Linguine Salad

"A variation of this recipe was originally served as a side dish at a popular French restaurant," says Eileen Herr from Indianapolis, Indiana. "I added a few more ingredients to make it a cool and hearty meal. The recipe is very adaptable—it's also delicious with chicken and snow peas."

Colorful Tortellini Salad

Colorful Tortellini Salad

Colorful Tortellini Salad

Here’s a great meatless recipe with real Mediterranean flair that’s hearty enough to qualify as an entrée. Laced with a tart vinaigrette dressing and bursting with strips of sweet pepper, onion and zucchini, it’s also colorful enough to serve as a pretty side dish. Thanks to subscriber Stacey Mofle in Universal City, Texas for this tasty dish!

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

"I love creating new and tasty foods, including this popular side-dish salad," Lori Menard writes from Omaha, Nebraska. "I make it often for my husband and me, especially during the summer months. If you add some cooked chicken breast, you can make this a meal for two."

Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

Tortellini and a Parmesan dressing give this layered salad an unexpected twist. It's great for a potluck. —Dennis Vitale, New Preston, Connecticut

Black-Eyed Pea Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Pasta Salad

Grilling out? You may want to serve this refreshing, make-ahead salad at the barbecue. A creamy Italian dressing enhances the chopped vegetables, cheese and pasta. —Joan Huggins, Waynesboro, Mississippi
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