Pasta Salad Recipes

Find an easy pasta salad recipe for your picnic or potluck. More than 500 recipes, including the classic Italian pasta salad.

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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This light and refreshing cold pasta salad is loaded with the flavors of the Mediterranean, and pairs well with grilled proteins, such as fish, pork, chicken or steak. If you make this in advance, reserve a bit of the dressing to add right before serving, as the pasta has a tendency to soak up the dressing as it sits over time.

Macaroni Salad with Peas

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2
I love macaroni salad, but wanted something a bit lighter. I looked through a lot of recipes and combined the best of all, and added my special touch--this was a big hit even among folks who don't normally like macaroni salads. The peas are the real surprise.

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

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2
A simple tuna pasta salad with bright flavors.

Israeli Couscous Salad

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3
A fresh and light salad of Israeli couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, spinach, and herbs drizzled with a tangy citrus dressing. Serve by itself or alongside your favorite protein.

Lemony Dill Salmon Pasta Salad

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3
Most pasta salads have a mayonnaise base, which I thought was too heavy for a salmon pasta salad. I swapped in a vinaigrette of sorts, with just a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a touch of indulgence. It's the perfect way to use any leftover salmon.

Pomelo Salad with Rice Vermicelli

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1
A light and refreshing cold salad loaded with Asian flavors, and only 4 SmartPoints per serving on the WW Green plan!

Instant Pot® Spicy Macaroni Salad

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1
Tired of the same old, slightly sweet macaroni salad? Well, kick it up a notch by adding some spicy flavor. Your egg actually cooks along with the macaroni in the Instant Pot®.

Maya's Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad

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My 10-year-old daughter Maya and I created this easy but delicious pasta salad, featuring her favorite pesto flavors. This salad is great as the center of a light dinner, or as a side dish.

Pasta Salad

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

Classic Macaroni Salad

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This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad

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Chicken club sandwich-style pasta! Substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the Muenster, if desired.

Chicken Noodle Salad

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10
Get ready to make all sorts of friends when you bring a big bowl of this Asian chicken noodle salad to the next big cookout. The only folks you might scare away are the ones who brought regular pasta salads. There's just something delightfully addictive about this special combination of cold and spicy. This recipe is the perfect catchall for all those summer vegetables we're supposed to be eating more of, as well as any dry leftover chicken you have around.

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