100+ Pasta Salad Recipes

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Rating: 4.91 stars
This light and refreshing cold pasta salad is loaded with the flavors of the Mediterranean, and pairs well with grilled proteins, such as fish, pork, chicken or steak. If you make this in advance, reserve a bit of the dressing to add right before serving, as the pasta has a tendency to soak up the dressing as it sits over time.

Macaroni Salad with Peas

Rating: 5 stars
I love macaroni salad, but wanted something a bit lighter. I looked through a lot of recipes and combined the best of all, and added my special touch--this was a big hit even among folks who don't normally like macaroni salads. The peas are the real surprise.

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
A simple tuna pasta salad with bright flavors.

Israeli Couscous Salad

Rating: 5 stars
A fresh and light salad of Israeli couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, spinach, and herbs drizzled with a tangy citrus dressing. Serve by itself or alongside your favorite protein.

Lemony Dill Salmon Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.33 stars
Most pasta salads have a mayonnaise base, which I thought was too heavy for a salmon pasta salad. I swapped in a vinaigrette of sorts, with just a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a touch of indulgence. It's the perfect way to use any leftover salmon.

Pomelo Salad with Rice Vermicelli

Rating: 5 stars
A light and refreshing cold salad loaded with Asian flavors, and only 4 SmartPoints per serving on the WW Green plan!

Instant Pot® Spicy Macaroni Salad

Rating: 5 stars
Tired of the same old, slightly sweet macaroni salad? Well, kick it up a notch by adding some spicy flavor. Your egg actually cooks along with the macaroni in the Instant Pot®.

Maya's Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars
My 10-year-old daughter Maya and I created this easy but delicious pasta salad, featuring her favorite pesto flavors. This salad is great as the center of a light dinner, or as a side dish.

Greek Orzo Salad

Rating: 4.45 stars
A delicious, colorful salad, with artichoke hearts and feta. I receive a lot of requests for this one.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.63 stars
A delicious pasta, meat and cheese combination with a homemade dressing. It serves a crowd and is great for a picnic.

Tortellini Salad

Rating: 4.55 stars
Pepperoni and mozzarella cheese make this a filling pasta salad. Serve with fruit for a nice summertime meal.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.55 stars
For anyone who likes Buffalo wings, this is a great change of pace from normal pasta salad. Really popular as a side dish for a barbeque or just about any gathering you can think of. You can substitute or add many different vegetables with this recipe.

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Easy Cold Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.6 stars

Great for brunch, luncheons, or whatever. Easy and quick to make. I find that this salad is always popular at get-togethers and usually disappears rather quickly...