8 Best Pasta Salads of All Time
Which one will you make first?
Whether you need a side dish for a picnic or a potluck, or you're making a big batch to keep on hand for easy lunches or light dinners, these pasta salads have the ultimate flavor combinations and get better the longer they sit (just not too long). You can easily swap ingredients to fit what's local and in-season. We've even used zucchini noodles for a low-carb, gluten-free option.
1 Quick Italian Pasta Salad
This Italian pasta salad is bursting with fresh flavors! Peppers, salami, olives, and mozzarella make this a perfect picnic side dish or weekday lunch!
2 Crunchy Ramen Salad
This MyRecipes crunchy noodle chicken salad is loaded with vibrant flavor and dynamic texture that everyone will love, and the salty-sweet peanut dressing definitely seals the deal.
3 Grown Up Pasta Salad
You know that pasta salad from childhood (you know the one — rotini, canned olives, grape tomatoes, cubed cheese)? MyRecipes made a few swaps to create a fully grown-up take that still hits all the nostalgic notes we crave.
4 Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad
Smoky bacon and cool ranch dressing belong together — it’s indisputable. Southern Living offers a creamy pasta salad using cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, cavatappi pasta, Parmesan, fresh dill, and a to-die-for dressing using ranch seasoning and a few other hidden gems.
5 Magnificent Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is a classic barbecue, potluck, or picnic side dish. This recipe is full of flavor and perfect for a party or meal prep! Pasta, hard-boiled eggs, and other tasty add-ins are tossed together to make a creamy and delicious pasta salad.
6 Caesar Pasta Salad
Southern Living knows how to spruce up a classic. You'll make a creamy Caesar salad dressing to add to cooked fusilli pasta, along with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, and romaine lettuce for a flavorful pasta salad.
7 Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
If you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll love the combination of these colorful ingredients. This simple, sweet-and-salty salad from Southern Living is one of their most popular recipes.
8 Zucchini Noodle "Pasta" Salad
This healthy zucchini noodle salad from EatingWell has all the flavors you love in a classic Mediterranean pasta salad, but they've swapped in zoodles for wheat pasta, which makes the salad lighter, lower in carbs, and gluten-free. Serve it with grilled chicken or fish for a light and healthy summer dinner.