Pasta Salad Recipes

Perfect for potlucks and parties, pasta salads are crowd pleasers. From classic macaroni salad to Italian and Asian takes on pasta salad, our recipes our easy-going, make-ahead, and totally delicious.

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Pasta with Scallops, Garlic, Grape Tomatoes, and Parsley

This simple, but satisfying, Pasta with Scallops, Garlic, Grape Tomatoes, and Parsley dish is colorful and easy to prepare.

Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 137
Easy and summery, this Three-Bean Pasta Salad is a side that's great for your next cookout or picnic.

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas

An Italian remix on pasta salad that's sure to be the star of the party. Short, curly gemelli or fusilli noodles are perfect in this summery dish, as they leave room for other ingredients in every forkful, and the grooves hold the herbs and the zingy lemon vinaigrette in this Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas.

Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Rating: 3 stars 636
You can prep the components of this Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula in advance—toss together just before serving. The spicy arugula, creamy goat cheese, and a touch of Dijon mustard give the dish plenty of flavor.

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

In this take on the green-bean casserole, cheese ravioli replaces the heavy mushroom soup, while sauteed shallots and crunchy toasted almonds stand in for the fried onions.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts

Rating: 3.5 stars 100
The peanut butter, rice vinegar, and soy sauce give this Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts an Asian-inspired flavor.

Pasta and Broccoli Salad

Rating: 4 stars 75
Cooking the pasta and the broccoli together makes this easy salad even simpler.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

A top tip for this Tuna Macaroni Salad, soaking raw onions in cold water for 15 minutes helps mellow their flavor.

Creamy Pasta Salad with Celery

Rating: 3.5 stars 130
Celery and onions are a refreshingly crunch addition to this creamy pasta salad.

Orzo and Zucchini Salad

Rating: 3 stars 147
This Orzo and Zucchini salad tastes best at room temperature, so prep it and stow it for a bit while cooking the rest of your meal.

Antipasti Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 108
This toss-and-go Antipasti Pasta Salad is perfect for picnics and potlucks.

Ravioli Salad with Cilantro Pesto, Olives, and Pepitas

This Ravioli Salad with Cilantro Pesto, Olives, and Pepitas recipe was adapted from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson (Ten Speed Press; 2011). It makes for a delicious pasta salad to bring to any summertime potluck

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Absolute Favorite Pasta Salad Recipes
If you're feeding a crowd, there's nothing better than a big bowl of pasta salad. Whether it's for a summer cookout, a holiday buffet, or an anytime accompaniment to a sandwich, pasta salad works and always wins. Our pasta salad recipes can be made well in advance—and toted to a potluck or picnic—and are perfect for big-batch cooking throughout the week. A chilled pasta salad holds up remarkably well in the fridge, too: You can make a big batch of noodles and mix in fresh vegetables without dressing the salad first. The beauty of a pasta salad is that you can edit and tweak the formula any way you wish—choose your favorite noodle, a blend of vegetables, a sprinkle of protein if need be, and sauce or dressing when you're ready to serve.
Macaroni and Potato Salad
Rating: 3 stars 44

Combine two classics—macaroni and potato–to make a delicious summer salad. This dish is best served immediately, while the bacon is still warm.