42 Crowdpleasing Pasta Salad Recipes For Any Occasion

These easy pasta salad recipes will sure to be the star dish at your next party or potluck meal

BLT Pasta Salad

"An easy salad for those hot nights!! This always disappears at pot lucks...men do love their bacon."


Elote Pasta Salad

Salsa, corn and cheese collide in pasta salad form.

Loaded Potato Pasta Salad

Why have potatoes or pasta when you can have both? Carbs meet carbs for a perfect summer side.

Tuna/Pasta Salad

"This was a delicious light supper! I added a few grape tomatoes cut in half for a little color and there you have it!! A beautiful salad fit for a queen! A new summertime favorite."

-Bev I Am

Italian Pasta Salad

"Took this to a BBQ yesterday and everyone loved it! I added artichoke hearts and used chopped, seeded whole tomatoes instead of cherry and whole black olives. Excellent recipe--I'm not crazy about most pasta salads, but this one is full of flavor!"


Seafood Pasta Salad

"Everyone I serve this recipe too loves it. I use "snow legs" in the making and I don't skimp. I like to add dried dill and a few dashes of cayenne. Delicious."


Antipasto Pasta Salad

"I loved this and ate a huge serving. I used bacon and added some iceberg lettuce and marinated bocconcini. It was so colourful too."


Company Chicken Pasta Salad

"The flavors in this salad blend so well together that it is hard for any one flavor to stand out. Tripled the recipe to take to a church potluck and it was gone in minutes,with lots of requests for the recipe."


Weight Watchers BLT Pasta Salad

"I love this recipe! The basic ingredients of light mayo, combined with the vinegar, sugar, sour cream, and dijon makes for an outstanding alternative to the "full fat" dressing I have come to know and love. It tasted just as good as the real thing, if not better as it did not leave me with a greasy feel afterward."


Salmon Pasta Salad

"Delicious blend of flavors. I added chopped walnuts just before serving. They added additional crunch to a fabulously flavorsome salad that I'll certainly be making again throughout the summer."

-bluemoon downunder

Ranch Pasta Salad

"Nice summer salad and great to take to cookouts. It was very easy to make. The flavors were a little more subtle than the Ranch Bacon Pasta Salad that I usually make."

-Crafty Lady 13

Tuna & Pasta Salad

"Very good salad! I used miracle whip, so didn't add the sugar. I added 1/2 of a chopped bell pepper, I used peas instead lima beans and I used the juice of a whole lemon. This will be made again and again. I usually did my tuna pasta like this, but never added eggs before or paprika. EXCELLENT!"


Pasta Seafood Salad

"Delicious! Love the lemony flavor. Also loved that it is cold....it has been so hot here it is refreshing to eat something so flavorful and cool."


Bow Tie Pepperoni Pasta Salad

"I was looking for a recipe to bring to a pot luck that I didn't have to worry about mayonnaise in. Very good. Quick, easy, versatile - you could add almost any veggie to it or make it without pepperoni if you didn't have any. We'll definitely make this again."

-Peppermint Wind

Creamy, Cheesy Pasta Salad

"The dressing was great! I was looking for a macaroni salad a little above average and this was it for us. I will be making this often."


Chilled Oriental Chicken Pasta Salad

" I loved this recipe!! I made it for a potluck and many people commented on how good it was and wanted the recipe. I used oriental rice sticks for noodles and chili a tablespoon of chili paste in place of the chili oil. I will certainly be using this recipe in the future."


Salmon and Pasta Salad

"This is a wonderful pasta salad. I love dill and add it to almost any salad with seafood in it. I also doubled the servings. Even if i didn't add the dill weed, this dish still would have been absolutely wonderful."


Pasta Salad

"Great and versatile summer salad! I added some extra things like lettuce and grated carrot to pad it out and make it into a stand alone meal. Loved the slivers of ham and dressing!!"


Greek Pasta Salad

"This was a nice twist on the typical Greek pasta salads, which I am really fond of. I ended up adding about 1/2 cup of feta cheese, which added nice flavor and substance. I had tasted the dressing prior to adding the hot ingredients and found it very bright and flavorful. I really liked the addition of the spinach, and will make this again."


Greek-Style Chicken Pasta Salad

"I used diced cucumber instead of celery...had leftover turkey breast to use. Perfect for us!"


Italian Sub Pasta Salad

"I used to make a salad like this for get togethers and it was a huge hit.... so glad to find this one!"


Greek Pasta Salad with Shrimp & Olives

"I was looking for a quick and lite hot pasta dish and after reading this recipe, I decided to try it hot as an entree. I added a few more fresh tomatoes and served it over penne ...it was fabulous! My son had seconds(something he rarely does)."

-Jan from Pgh.

Avocado Caesar Pasta Salad

"Yummy!!! I love avocados and artichokes so this was a no brainer for me, but even my picky eater friend liked it, so I know it must be good! So gonna make this again and again, I may even add some tuna next time!"

-Logans Mommy

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

"Delicious!! We love pasta salad and I was intrigued by the combination of italian and caesar dressing so had to try! Yum!"


Lemon Pasta Salad

"Excellent! I made this exactly as written, using tomatoes and herbs from my garden. I served this with Roasted Greek Style Chicken and steamed sweet corn. Great meal."

-Hey Jude

Asparagus Pasta Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing

"I used whole wheat penne. We enjoyed this with baked chicken. Fish would be nice too. I'd like to toss in thinly sliced rotisserie chicken breast next time."


Seafood Pasta Salad

"Perfect lunch for a hot, sunny day. I upped the shrimp to 8 oz. but otherwise kept to the recipe. I liked the combination of flavors and enjoyed this for a filling lunch."


Oriental Pasta Salad

"I made this for Sunday brunch to serve with a quiche and fresh fruit salad. I thought it had a colorful presentation which is always a plus for me."

-Susie D

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

"This pasta salad is quick to make, easy, and delicious. Best of all, it used ingredients that I had on hand already when I needed a good recipe for pasta salad. It really is good!! I will be making this again."

-cookin mimi

Pasta Salad

"I was skeptical about the ranch at first, but once you add the dill and let it sit overnight, it's really good!"

-Katys Kitchen

Crab Pasta Salad

"A super recipe! Very easy and loved by all!! I have already made it a number of times! The lemon gave it a great taste!"


Seaside Pasta Salad

"I made it as written, except I forgot the frozen broccoli, so I added frozen peas, that I did not cook, but thawed. My family enjoyed this salad, but my husband did ask for me to make it again with the broccoli."


Spinach Pasta Salad

"This is a taste sensation! We had a few friends around for a barbecue last night and I made this pasta salad, it was extremely popular. I gave the recipe out to a couple of my girlfriends and they were almost shocked that I'd made the 'pesto' myself! cheeky eh! Great garlic flavor too."


Pasta Salad

"This was great. The flavor was wonderful. The next day, with the leftovers I sauted up some cubed chicken breasts, then added the leftover pasta salad, extra dressing and cheese and had a whole new dinner. Great way to use up the leftovers."


Summer Pasta Salad With Tuna

"Great tuna macaroni salad. I like that it doesn't call for tons of mayonnaise, which doesn't make it any less tasty. The hot sauce and lemon juice added a nice subtle flavor. Terrific cold salad!"


Antipasto Pasta Salad

"Such a simple, easy and great tasting salad. This is the perfect salad to serve on a hot summer's night and the colors just look great together."


Garden Chicken Pasta Salad

"Easy to make and, boy, is it tasty! I didn't bother blanching the broccoli since we like it crunchy raw. For color, I threw in a hand full of grape tomatoes."


Garden Pasta Salad

"This was a great salad lunch. I used veggie spirals and added some onion and salt as well. We enjoyed this for lunch and will have enough leftover to eat with our dinner."


Shrimp Dill Pasta Salad

"This had a light and refreshing taste. This was loved by all. I used dried dill and can't wait to try with the fresh dill."


Crab Pasta Salad

"This salad was so yummy. I followed the recipe as written, but I squeezed about two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, and added 1/4 cup of fresh sweet basil. DW loved this salad, and told me I was free to make it anytime I wish."

-Mark Carlson

Pasta Salad

"This is a wonderful recipe. I made exactly as stated. I love the Caesar dressing with this. It's a nice change from usual pasta salads. I will make again! "

-Linda B.

Greek Pasta Salad

"This dish was served as part of a Greek buffet for a party and it was one of the surprise hits! Almost everyone asked for the recipe. It was so simple to make."

-Pesto lover