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Pasta Salads

Pasta salads are a hit at potlucks and picnics or a simple weeknight meal. Find easy and healthy options for pasta salad recipes including Italian, chicken, tortellini, pesto, macaroni, tuna, and more.

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In Salem, Virginia, Wendy Byrd relies on bottled salad dressing to perk up pasta and fresh vegetables in this swift salad that costs 43¢ a serving. "It's a delicious addition to any meal or picnic," she relates.
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Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. —Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts

Bacon Macaroni Salad

Bacon Macaroni Salad

Bacon Macaroni Salad

This pleasing pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Filled with crispy bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, the sensational salad is coasted with a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. It’s a real crowd-pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

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
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Turkey Pasta Salad

Turkey Pasta Salad

Turkey Pasta Salad

This is a dish I almost always make when I have leftover turkey. It's inexpensive, delicious and easy to prepare. Plus, my family loves it!

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

Poppy Seed Pasta Salad

Poppy Seed Pasta Salad

Poppy Seed Pasta Salad

Broccoli, cauliflower and sunflower kernels give this colorful salad an enticing crunch. You can add almost any vegetable that suits your fancy to this surprising simple recipe.

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."

Spiral Pasta Salad

Spiral Pasta Salad

Spiral Pasta Salad

I have two kids and am always on the go, so I appreciate recipes that I can make ahead of time. This dish is easy to fix and perfect for taking along on picnics.

Cool Cucumber Pasta

Cool Cucumber Pasta

Cool Cucumber Pasta

People say this salad is crispy, sweet and refreshingly different. The crunchy cucumbers and tender pasta provide wonderful texture. —Jeanette Fuehring, Concordia, Missouri

California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

Not only does this salad travel well to get-togethers such as picnics or tailgate parties, but people absolutely love it when it gets there. —Jeanette Krembas, Laguna Niguel, California

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

Bow Tie Seafood Salad

Bow Tie Seafood Salad

Bow Tie Seafood Salad

"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

"I make this easy salad for lots of potlucks and always come home with an empty dish," writes Ellie Marsh from Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Crisp bacon, chopped tomato and fresh greens give a packaged pasta salad mix terrific flavor.

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love it when opposites attract. A sweet-and-sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
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