Top 12 Pasta Salad Recipes

Main Dish and Side Dish Pasta Salads Perfect for Any Season

Macaroni Salad with Ham and Peas
Photo: Diana Rattray

Pasta salad is great for summer cookouts and events, but it's also a delicious side dish salad any time of the year! Try one of these flavorful pasta salads with your next cookout or family meal.

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    Macaroni and Black Bean Salad with Tex-Mex Flavor

    Tex-Mex Pasta Salad
    Tex-Mex Pasta Salad. Diana Rattray

    This pasta salad is full of surprises, with Tex-Mex flavors, black beans, corn, and a variety of chopped vegetables. Use macaroni or a similar pasta in the salad. The dressing is a mayonnaise based mixture with the addition of Southwest seasonings and lime juice. The salad is great with burgers, fajitas, or grilled steaks.

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    Lobster and Macaroni Salad

    Lobster and Macaroni Salad
    Lobster and Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray

    A simple mayonnaise dressing flavors this delicious lobster macaroni salad. The lobster is the star of this salad!

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    Macaroni Salad with Cheese and Ham

    Macaroni Salad with Ham and Peas
    Diana Rattray

    Diced or shredded cheddar cheese and diced cooked ham are combined with cooked macaroni, bell peppers, and onions, along with a simple mayonnaise dressing. Add cooked fresh or frozen peas if you'd like.

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    BLT Macaroni Salad With Bacon

    BLT Macaroni Salad
    BLT Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray

    This BLT macaroni salad is filled with crumbled bacon and hard-cooked eggs. The salad is mounded on lettuce and tomato slices. Add grilled chicken to make it a hearty main dish salad.

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    Tuna Pasta Salad With Dill

    Tuna Pasta Salad With Dill
    Tuna Pasta Salad With Dill. Diana Rattray

    This is a flavorful pasta salad, perfect for an everyday lunch with soup, or serve it as a side dish at your next cookout. A combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, sour cream, garlic, and dill help to flavor this delicious pasta salad.

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    Garden Pasta Salad

    Garden Pasta Salad
    Garden Pasta Salad. Diana Rattray

    Pesto and lemon juice help to flavor this tasty pasta salad. Add a little diced cooked chicken, shredded or cubed cheese, or ham for a heartier supper salad.

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    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    Pasta Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This chicken, spinach, and pasta salad is tossed with a flavorful mayonnaise and lemon juice dressing. This is a great main dish salad for hot summer days, or take it along to a potluck or big family cookout. Use cooked leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken for this tasty salad recipe.

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    Classic Macaroni Salad

    Classic Macaroni Salad
    Basic Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray

    This macaroni salad is made with hard-cooked eggs, chopped vegetables, and a seasoned mayonnaise dressing. It's a classic macaroni salad with creamy dressing, and always welcome!

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    Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad

    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Bacon
    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Bacon. Diana Rattray

    A creamy mayonnaise and lemon dressing bring pasta, bacon, and chicken together in this flavorful pasta salad. The pasta can be macaroni or a mini penne pasta. Vegetables include tomatoes, onion, and herbs.

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    Summer Seafood Pasta Salad

    Seafood pasta salad
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    Make this pasta salad with crabmeat, shrimp, or lobster, or use a combination. Or use imitation crab with or without shrimp for a budget-friendly seafood salad.

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    30-Minute Tuna Macaroni Salad

    Tuna Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This is one of my favorite pasta salads, and it's surprisingly easy.

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    Shrimp and Pasta Salad

    Shrimp and Pasta Salad
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    Use rotini, wheels, shells, or elbows in this tasty shrimp salad.The salad should be refrigerated for a few hours before serving, so plan to prepare it earlier in the day.