By Vicky McDonald
March 11, 2015

Best make-ahead pasta salad recipes

These scrumptious pasta salads are filling and delicious. You can make these pasta salads ahead of time, so that all the flavors develop and mingle together. So, whether you're planning a picnic or just need a tasty work lunch, these easy recipes are just what you need.

Rave Review: "Easiest salad ever and I receive so many compliments every time." — DanaLane

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Rave Review: "Absolutely fantastic. I can't stop eating it! The dressing is phenomenal." — Aly

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Rave Review: "Love this salad! I always use grape tomatoes in this. Great make-ahead side dish. Delicious!" — maryb

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Rave Review: "I brought this recipe to a potluck at work and it was a hit. Easy and fresh." — LINKELLEHER

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Rave Review: "This was amazing--I was nervous about using sun-dried tomato pesto (we've never tried it) but it gave such a rich depth to the steak." — GRANNYLOOHOO

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Rave Review: "This is the best pasta salad I've ever had. Made as written, or adjusted to your own preferences, you just can't go wrong with this recipe." — Lori

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Rave Review: "I've made this countless time and love how light and yummy it is!" — rkrage1217

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Rave Review: "This was very tasty, colorful and pleasing to the palate. It was even better several hours later as the ingredients melded together and had some time to chill." — Momma Mophead

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There's so much good stuff in this spicy veggie salad. Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, lots of black olives, and two different dressings.

Rave Review: "Crowd Pleaser! Needed a quick dish for a pot luck. Definite hit, no leftovers!! I added diced red onions, carrots, and celery to it. YUM!" -- Ericka Zick

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