Upgrade Your Picnic Staple: Easy Pasta Salad Recipes to Try

Give your favorite pasta salad recipe a rest, and try one of these 9 tasty versions instead

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Jenna Helwig

Tied together with a brightly flavored dressing, this pasta salad recipe is reminiscent of the Southwest — with a dash of the tropics thrown in for punch!

Get the recipe for Southwestern Pasta Salad.



Greek Pasta Salad

Jenna Helwig

Bold Mediterranean flavors, savory roasted vegetables, and hearty whole-wheat pasta — what's not love about this Greek pasta salad recipe? If you aren't a fan of feta, substitute goat cheese (or leave out the cheese altogether).

Get the recipe for Greek-Style Pasta Salad.



Chef's Pasta Salad

Dollars to Donuts / Rodale Books

How do you make a chef's salad even tastier? Add some bow-tie pasta to the mix! This version calls for the usual chef's salad ingredients, but feel free to add your own twist with more vegetables, cheese, or meat.

Get the recipe for Chef’s Pasta Salad.

Garden Pasta Salad

Eating Well, Inc.

Looking for a low-fat pasta salad that doesn't skimp on flavor? This tasty mix of whole-wheat spirals, olives, basil, and a fresh mix of vegetables is dressed with a tangy viniagrette with a little low-fat mayo and plain yogurt for creaminess.

Get the recipe for Garden Pasta Salad.

Soba Noodle Salad

Jenna Helwig

Nutty and delicious, soba noodles are an Asian favorite — and an unexpected spin on pasta salad. Combined with colorful, crunchy veggies and tender chicken, they add pizzazz to a picnic or even a brown bag lunch.

Get the recipe for Soba Noodle Salad.


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