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40+ Pasta Salad Recipes You Must Try

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Searching for some delicious Pasta Salad Recipes to prepare? In this roundup post, I have compiled more than 40 of the best pasta salad recipes that you can prepare either for a potluck, family gathering or just make a plate for yourself.

I love pasta salad but honestly I got bored making the same type of pasta salad which I learnt during my high school days. Having bought a packet of Tortellini a few days back, I decided to research for some Easy Pasta Salad Recipes.

What I found left me drooling and craving for a pasta salad even more. The list of pasta salad recipes on the internet were endless. From cold pasta salad, creamy pasta salad, right up to some Italian pasta salad. There are just too many delicious pasta salad recipes to mention.

The Best Pasta Salad Recipes

Basically, a Pasta Salad is a salad like dish that has the the main ingredient of one or more types of pasta. Being a ‘salad’ it is usually served cold with some dressing over it.

There may be a few hundred types of pasta in the market, so imagine the variety of Pasta Salad that you can make. Besides pasta as the main ingredient, vegetables, meats, seafood, nuts and herbs are also part of this easy to prepare dish.

You don’t need to have any specific cooking skill to prepare a delicious plate or bowl of pasta salad. Anyone can make pasta salad from scratch. The other thing that I like about pasta salad is that you can make it ahead of time. Depending on what type of ingredients you add into your pasta salad, usually it stays fresh up to 2 days in a refrigerator.

How To Make Pasta Salad From Scratch

  1. Boil a large pot of water and add some salt and a few drops of olive oil.
  2. Add in your choice of pasta and cook it for about 10 minutes. The cooking time actually depends on the type of pasta you’re cooking.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse pasta with cold water.
  4. Finally in a large bowl, mix your cooled pasta with all your chosen ingredients.


In order to get some delicious tasting meals, it is always essential to make sure you are using the correct cookware or utensils. Here are a few items that I am personally recommending for making pasta salad.

40 Easy Pasta Salad Ideas

Scroll further down and you will find 45 easy to make pasta salad. Let me warned you that as you scroll further down, you will be craving even more for some delicious pasta salad.

Also don’t forget to check out the Recipe section for more easy and healthy meals.

BLT Pesto Pasta Salad

BLT Pesto Pasta Salad via Bacon Is A Food Group

kid friendly pasta salad

Kid Friendly Pasta Salad via Little Sunny Kitchen

chicken Caesar pasta salad

Caesar Pasta Salad via Little Sunny Kitchen

Chili prawn and pasta salad

Chilli Prawn And Pasta Salad via Fab Food 4 All

Caprese orzo salad with balsamic

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad via Piping Pot Curry

Greek Tortellini salad

Greek Tortellini Salad via This Old Gal

creamy deviled egg pasta salad

Creamy Deviled Egg Pasta Salad With Bacon via Where Is My Spoon

vegetarian summer pasta salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad With Pineapple via Fun Food Frolic

easy Greek orzo salad

Easy Greek Orzo Salad via Happy Kitchen

Greek Pasta Salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad via Curry Trail

Bruschetta Chicken pasta salad

Brushetta Chicken Pasta Salad via Curry Trail

easy chicken with pesto pasta recipe

Easy Chicken With Pesto Pasta via Recipe Pocket

Mexican gluten free pasta salad

Mexican Pasta Salad via Strength & Sunshine

gluten free buffalo pasta salad

Buffalo Pasta Salad via Strength & Sunshine

summer veggie pasta salad

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad via Strength & Sunshine

Chipotle Greek  Yogurt Pasta salad

Chipotle Cheddar Creamy Pasta Salad via The Artisan Life

angel hair pasta salad

Angel Hair Pasta Salad Recipe via The Gifted Gabber

easy, cheesy tortellini Italian pasta salad

Cheesy Tortellini Italian Pasta Salad via Nourish And Fete

easy and flavorful Caprese pasta salad

Caprese Pasta Salad With Prosciutto via Nourish And Fete

Easy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad via Food Meanderings

tuna macaroni salad

Easy Macaroni Salad With Tuna via Food Meanderings

classic Italian pasta salad

Classic Italian Pasta Salad via Mighty Mrs

Greek pasta salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad via Food Meanderings

easy chicken pasta salad

Easy Chicken Pasta Salad via Melanie Cooks

quick and easy pasta salad

Quick And Easy Pasta Salad via Snappy Gourmet

savory macaroni salad

Savory Macaroni Salad via The Savvy Macaroni

Tortellini pasta salad

Tortellini Pasta Salad via The Toasty Kitchen

summer vegetable pasta salad

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad via Accidental Healthy Baker

Sriracha shrimp pasta salad

Sriracha Shrimp Pasta Salad via Accidental Healthy Baker

tomato cucumber greek pasta salad

Tomato Cucumber Greek Pasta Salad via Brooklyn Active Mama

roasted pepper orzo salad

Roasted Pepper Orzo Salad via Something Sweet Something Savoury

savory Italian pasta salad

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad via Ottawa Mommy Club

Buffalo chicken pasta salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad via Two Healthy Kitchens

crawfish pasta salad

Crawfish Pasta Salad via This Ole Mom

bacon ranch chicken pasta

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad via Dancing Through The Rain

apricot Prosciutto pasta salad

Apricot and Prosciutto Pasta Salad via Twists And Zests

picnic pasta salad

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad via Spabettie

Italian pasta salad

Italian Pasta Salad via Simply Happy Foodie

easy caprese pasta salad

Easy Caprese Pasta Salad via Masala Herb

easy orzo pasta salad with roasted corn

Roasted Corn Orzo Pasta Salad via To Simply Inspire

summer garden pasta salad

Summer Garden Pasta Salad via Vintage Recipe Tin

deli pasta salad

Deli Pasta Salad via Vintage Recipe Tin

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  1. Ooh..delicious. I love pasta salads. This is a great assortment to try out! Thank you!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I love pasta salads too. Hope you will enjoy these recipes Holly.

  2. THIS is the motherload for pasta salads! I gotta try making some with low carb pasta alternatives!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s a great and healthy ideas GiGi. Enjoy the pasta salads.

  3. We absolutely love pasta salads here, thank you for all this yummy inspiration!

    1. karenmonica says:

      You are welcome Camilla. Enjoy making these pasta salads.

  4. I had no idea there were so many ways to make a pasta salad! These are always great when entertaining so I’ll have to try one next time we have friends over.

    1. karenmonica says:

      There are countless pasta salad recipes online. I am sure you have made some delicious pasta salads too Stephanie.

  5. These look like the perfect pasta for the summertime! I am going to save these and use them for the summer! I knew there were countless ways to make a salad but I just forgot. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes pasta salad are perfect for summer but with all the countless recipes of pasta salad, you can have it almost any season.

  6. I had no idea that you could make pasta salad so many different ways! I’ve only had it like three ways before. I want to try out a few of these.

    1. karenmonica says:

      I got a shocked too when I first google about pasta salad recipes. Do enjoy all the different ways.

  7. Oh so many great options in here. The creamy pasta with pineapple sounds so interesting, as pineapple is definitely not a food you typically see with pasta.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Pineapple and pasta is actually a very delicious combination. Do try it and I am sure you are going to love it.

  8. I haven’t tried a pasta salad but looking at the options, I think I should get one and try it out.

    1. karenmonica says:

      You have a long list of different pasta salads to try now.

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