Italian Pasta Salad Recipes

So many tasty Italian pasta salads to choose from. Antipasto and pesto salads, creamy or tangy salads, and many more.

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Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.61 stars
297
A dear friend gave me this recipe many years ago and I've been making it ever since. It's great for barbecues.

Pizza Salad II

Rating: 4.64 stars
69
This pasta salad has all the standard ingredients of a deluxe pizza!

Patty's Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.54 stars
57
I make this salad for almost every large family gathering I attend. It is ALWAYS a great hit and there is seldom any left over. It is a great pasta salad which can easily be made the day before. You can vary the ingredients by using fresh broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, cucumbers, etc.

Italian Pasta Salad I

Rating: 4.55 stars
300
This is an excellent and refreshing pasta salad with a little zing to it. It will also store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Rating: 4.59 stars
190
The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different.

Tortellini Pesto Salad

Rating: 4.65 stars
108
Wonderful pasta salad. So different from the Italian dressing pasta salads. Very hearty side dish or main dish for lunch. Crunchy veggies and rich pesto sauce.

Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.43 stars
423
This recipe is so easy to make, and always such a hit! It is great for backyard barbecues. For best results, chill overnight.

Vegetarian Italian Pasta Salad with Arugula

Rating: 4.6 stars
5
This Italian pasta salad features all the caprese ingredients and then some - mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, plus artichoke hearts and arugula. The arugula adds great color and freshness to the salad. I love to make it for a barbeque or as a cold lunch on a hot day.

Orzo and Zucchini Salad

Rating: 4 stars
9
This fresh-tasting, make-ahead side dish was created with casual outdoor dining in mind. Best at room temperature.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.42 stars
19
You can add chopped pepperoni, leftover cooked chicken or turkey to this already hearty pasta dish.

Antipasto Salad

Rating: 4.45 stars
211
This is always a hit for summer picnics.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.67 stars
3
A flavorful diversion from the run-of-the-mill Italian pasta salad. I like to serve this with grilled, fried, or barbecued chicken, and a crusty artisan bread. I would double the portions if you want to have leftovers when serving 4 or more; this goes fast in my home! Enjoy!
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Inspiration and Ideas

American-Italian Pasta Salad
Rating: Unrated
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'Love love love! Did I mention I love this recipe? I make this for almost every family gathering (picnic, BBQ, graduation, 4th of July).' – geraldtaraj
Tortellini Picnic Salad
Rating: Unrated
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'We really enjoyed this tortellini salad.' – Molly

Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.61 stars
297

A dear friend gave me this recipe many years ago and I've been making it ever since. It's great for barbecues.