20 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes - Turn Your Pasta Salad into a Meal

20 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes - Turn Your Pasta Salad into a Meal

A tasty pasta salad can make a great companion to any meal—or a hearty meal all on its own. Learn how to make pasta salad with these recipes.

Pasta salads are delicious and perfect to bring to a potluck or neighborhood BBQ. But if you are new to the pasta salad game, you may not know which type of salad to make!

I know how important it can be to bring a delicious recipe to a potluck, you want to impress everyone with your cooking abilities.

Have no fear, because no matter which pasta salad you choose from the recipes below, you will be making a delicious pasta salad that everyone will want the recipe for.

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Pasta Salad Recipes:

1. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad from The Crafty Blog Stalker

You will love this easy buffalo chicken pasta salad for picnics, potlucks, and parties. The ranch dressing makes it extra tasty!

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

2. Classic Italian Pasta Salad from Dessert Now Dinner Later

A quick pasta salad that most people have at least tried, if not made it themselves. It’s perfect for BBQs or any other summer gathering.

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

3. Southwestern Pasta Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter

This southwest pasta salad is full of cold pasta, grilled chicken, and veggies, all coated in a delicious chipotle ranch dressing. It’s a perfect side dish for a summer bbq or potluck, or for a lighter lunch or dinner anytime.

southwest pasta salad

4. Bowtie and Spinach Chicken Salad from Over the Big Moon

This delicious Bowtie and Spinach Chicken Salad is made with a base of spinach, bowtie noodles, and chicken. Then topped with mandarin oranges, honey nut peanuts, Craisins, and Green onions and served with a delicious Teriyaki Vinaigrette dressing! Perfect for a main dish or side dish!

bowtie spinach salad

5. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from The Crafty Blog Stalker

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad and my entire family loves it!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

6. Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad from My Mommy Style

Broccoli and grape pasta salad is a sweet and tangy and delicious pasta salad that is perfect for any BBQ or pot luck.

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad

7. Broccoli Summer Salad from Our Thrifty Ideas

I love a fresh summer salad during the hot summer months. It’s so refreshing to have the cold veggies, with just a light dressing. And it’s always a perfect pair with BBQ meat on the grill.

Broccoli Summer Salad

8. Supreme Pasta Salad from The Crafty Blog Stalker

You will be surprised with how easy and delicious this recipe is - and is all because of one secret ingredient!

supreme pasta salad

9. Taco Pasta Salad from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Your friends and family will love the Mexican flavors in this Taco Pasta Salad. Serve it at your next gathering for a change from the usual.

Taco Pasta Salad

10. Macaroni Salad from Kristine's Kitchen

Macaroni Salad with egg, sweet pickles, and a creamy dressing is a tasty side dish that’s perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks. My best macaroni salad recipe is quick and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

macaroni salad

11. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Tangy dill pickles, tender pasta, cheese, and a flavorful dressing will make this dill pickle pasta salad a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Dill pickle pasta salad

12. Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing from The Crafty Blog Stalker 

A recipe for the Best Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing. Made with simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

13. Mediterranean Pasta Salad from Gimme Some Oven

This Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe is easy to make and tossed with a yummy lemon-herb vinaigrette.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

14. Cowboy Pasta Salad from Bellyfull

Bacon, ground beef, cheese, and hot sauce make this Cowboy Pasta Salad a definite crowd pleaser! Perfect for an easy dinner, side dish, summer get-togethers, game day, or any time!

Cowboy Pasta Salad

15. Best Caprese Pasta Salad from A Southern Soul

This fresh and easy salad combines all the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad with pasta! Perfect as a simple family side dish or when feeding a crowd this make-ahead recipe for the best Caprese Pasta Salad delivers a burst of flavor everyone will love.

caprese pasta salad

16. Cilantro Lime Pasta Salad from Kalefornia Kravings

An easy pasta salad that’s exploding with flavor with just a touch of heat! It’s creamy, zesty, and perfect for your next potluck or bbq!

Cilantro lime pasta salad

17. Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad from Plain Chicken

Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad with Doritos – crazy good!! Chicken and bow tie pasta tossed with lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, olive oil, corn, tomatoes, black beans, salsa, cheese, and Doritos! Can make without the chicken and serve as a side dish. Great for summer potlucks!

chicken fajita bow tie pasta salad

18. Deviled Egg Pasta Salad from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Creamy deviled egg filling creates the dressing that coats every bite of this very simple Deviled Egg Pasta Salad. Pasta and eggs are tossed with the dressing before being sprinkled with onion for a bit of spicy crunch in each bite.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

19. Chicken Ceasar Pasta Salad from Just a Taste

Whip up a 20-minute meal in a bowl with a refreshing recipe for Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad starring DIY dressing.

chicken caesar pasta salad

20. Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad from The Recipe Rebel

This Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad is an easy summer side dish for your barbecue or cookout or an easy dinner idea! The leftovers make a great cold lunch for school or work, and it keeps well in the fridge.

creamy ranch bowtie pasta salad

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