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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pasta and Broccoli Salad

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

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.

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.

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.

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.