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 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.

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 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.

Antipasti Pasta Salad

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

Emeril's Macaroni Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 155
Try this delicious macaroni pasta salad, a favorite with Emeril Lagasse and his family. It makes for a great side dish for a summertime party

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.

Tortellini Salad

Hold off on tossing in the prosciutto crisps and arugula in this Tortellini Salad until just before serving to keep them crisp.

Shrimp Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Dill

Rating: 3.5 stars 77
Forget deli-style pasta salad, and try this version with shrimp, cucumber, dill, and a bright lemon dressing. You can even make it up to a day ahead.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 3 stars 42
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.

Creamy Pasta Salad with Celery

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

Herbed Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 45
This simple pasta salad gets loads of flavor from garlic-infused olive oil and fresh herbs.

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.
Pasta and Broccoli Salad
Rating: 4 stars 75

Cooking the pasta and the broccoli together makes this easy salad even simpler.