Italian Pasta Salads

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Spaghetti Pasta Salad

Spaghetti Pasta Salad

Spaghetti Pasta Salad

My family loves this salad as either a main meal or a side dish. We especially enjoy making it during the hot summer months, using fresh ingredients right out of our garden. It looks terrific with all the different colors!

Macaroni Garden Salad

Macaroni Garden Salad

Macaroni Garden Salad

Bonnie Sturgeon of Berwick, New Brunswick enjoys making this delightful salad during the summer. Tomato, cucumber and sweet red pepper are tossed with macaroni and herbs, then coated in a creamy fat-free mayonnaise dressing. Serve it as a light lunch or as a side dish with your favorite meat for supper.

Tomato Garden Pasta

Tomato Garden Pasta

Tomato Garden Pasta

Aileen Sheehan of Stafford, Virginia mixes fresh tomatoes, green beans and pasta with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette, a hint of basil and chives and crumbled feta cheese for a colorful, Mediterranean delight. “I have served this many times, using fresh tomatoes from my garden. It’s a wonderful side dish,” Aileen says. “With Italian sausage and basil bread, it's a scrumptious meal.”

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

When I'm having weekend guests, I make this salad the day before they arrive. The flavors blend wonderfully when it is chilled overnight, and it keeps well for several days. It's also a great dish to take along to a picnic or potluck. -Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky

Lemon-Basil Bow Ties

Lemon-Basil Bow Ties

Lemon-Basil Bow Ties

With fresh basil, shredded Parmesan and a splash of citrus, the pasta toss is a delicious accompaniment to many different entrees. Even our children enjoy this quick side dish. —Michelle Harbour, Lebanon, Tennessee

Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad

Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad

Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad

Fresh garden vegetables add color and crunch to this attractive salad. Its pleasant vinaigrette-type dressing is sparked with ground mustard and garlic. I like the look of the tricolor spirals, but you can substitute other pasta shapes or use what you have on hand. -Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina

Homemade Antipasto Salad

Homemade Antipasto Salad

Homemade Antipasto Salad

This colorful salad is a tasty crowd-pleaser. Guests love the homemade dressing, which is a nice change from bottled Italian. — Linda Harrington, Windham, New Hampshire

Pepperoni-Artichoke Pasta Salad

Pepperoni-Artichoke Pasta Salad

Pepperoni-Artichoke Pasta Salad

Everyone loves a good pasta salad, and this one will make ’em feel like you fussed. Convenient store-bought dressing, artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoni and mozzarella cubes give it extra flavor and flair. —Clara Coulson Minney, Washington Court House, Ohio

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Pasta provides a base for this tongue-tingling make-ahead salad. It has lots of fresh and satisfying ingredients topped with a flavorful dressing. It's terrific to serve to company or take to a potluck. — Joyce McLennan, Algonac, Michigan

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

Marinated Italian Pasta Salad

Marinated Italian Pasta Salad

Marinated Italian Pasta Salad

When I have guests coming over or a busy day ahead, I like to make this salad because I prepare it the day before.
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