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.

Staff Picks

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

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 Chickpeas, Green Beans, and Basil

A winner at potlucks and picnics and all summer long, this farfalle pasta salad features chickpeas, crisp green beans, sharp red onion, basil, and salty capers in a delicate, creamy mayo-based dressing with lemony undertones.

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.

Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Rating: 3.17 stars
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.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts

Rating: 3.64 stars
The peanut butter, rice vinegar, and soy sauce give this Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts an Asian-inspired flavor.

Campanelle with Walnuts, Ricotta, and Lemon

This Campanelle with Walnuts, Ricotta, and Lemon dish tastes great at room temperature, and the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.

Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.45 stars
Easy and summery, this Three-Bean Pasta Salad is a side that's great for your next cookout or picnic.

Marinated-Artichoke and Green-Bean Pasta Salad

Tangy jarred artichokes from the pantry are brightened up with fresh ingredients for this make-ahead pasta salad: green beans, parsley, lemon, and red onion.

Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad

Rating: 3.64 stars
This summer-fresh big-bath salad of corn and zucchini orzo makes enough salad for two meals. Save 4 cups to use in our Corn, Zucchini, and Pasta Frittata.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 3.1 stars
When this pasta salad arrived on the picnic table, and where it came from, is a mystery. It may have been an offshoot of another creamy summer salad, the potato kind. Crisp celery, peas, and scallions punctuate this version, which is sprinkled with bits of ham and ground pepper and nutmeg in this classic macaroni salad.

Pasta and Broccoli Salad

Rating: 3.77 stars
Cooking the pasta and the broccoli together makes this easy salad even simpler.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 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 just alongside a sandwich, these salad recipes can be made well in advance; plus, these recipes are perfect for big-batch cooking throughout the week.

Corn, Tomato, and Basil Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars

Salads aren't just about greens! This refreshing and light pasta salad with corn, leeks, tomatoes, lemon and ricotta is sure to satisfy.