8 Old Fashioned Pasta Salads That Deserve a Spot In Your Recipe Box
Comfortingly creamy pasta salads never go out of style, and we've compiled our best old-school recipes that taste just like something Mom would make. From classic tricolored spiral noodle dishes to a decadent diced ham option, pasta salads are magic at making dinner a simple, scrumptious affair.
Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad
"Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite," says Chef John. You'll love the kiss of heat courtesy of poblano and jalapeño peppers.
Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad
Fresh flavor is the name of the game in this multifaceted recipe. Tuna, sweet onions, relish, and hardboiled eggs combine to create a uniquely addictive bite.
Classic Italian Pasta Salad
Enjoy a creamy classic that's easily customizable with your favorite veggies. Ripe olives, Italian dressing, and Cheddar cheese combine for a forkful of tangy, satisfying flavor.
Shrimp Avocado Pasta Salad
Try your hand at this easy and refreshing seafood pasta dish. It's the perfect complement to a lazy, warm-weather afternoon when you need something delicious in a flash. A bit of crushed red pepper rounds out each bite.
Magnificent Macaroni Salad
The mouthwatering blend of macaroni, mustard, parsley, and rice vinegar makes this pasta salad one-of-a-kind. A teaspoon of sugar adds a subtle sweetness that makes this dish worthy of its name.
Rainbow Pasta Salad II
All you'll need are five ingredients to create this bright, beautifully flavored salad. Juicy diced tomatoes and assertive red onion blend perfectly in this Italian-inspired dish that will have your guests raving.
Awesome Ham Pasta Salad
A perfectly rich, old-school treat made with cubed ham, sweet pickles, and sour cream. "I added about 5 drops of Tabasco Sauce to give a little kick and the entire bowl disappeared quickly," says home cook CarolS. "My family loved it."
Mom's Best Macaroni Salad
Bell peppers and chopped celery add body to this delectable macaroni salad. Equal parts sweet and tart, this filling, summer-friendly meal is ready in just 30 minutes.