Fruit salad, regular salad, potato salad, even veggie salad, there are so many different ways that you can make and customize a salad, but when it comes to pasta salad, there’s nothing quite like the addition of pasta to the mix. These salads are extra filling thanks to the pasta addition, and the sky’s the limit with how you can customize and mix together a bowl. But to help narrow down the ideas, we’ve put together 10 pasta salad recipes you should absolutely make.
1. Classic Greek Pasta Salad
It’s not a complete salad list without Greek salad, and it’s certainly not a complete pasta salad list without tossing in some pasta and making a Greek pasta salad! Greek salads are a delicious blend of flavours on their own, but adding in some pasta to the mix helps provide those filling carbs to keep you going!
Get the recipe at As Easy As Apple Pie
2. Cowboy Pasta Salad
This recipe is reminiscent of a BLT pasta salad or spaghetti and meatballs, but with a few different twists and flavours that provides a new and different recipe to try out. A mixture of ground beef, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and little seashell pasta provides a delicious flavour base, while the hot sauce dressing adds a little kick of spice.
Get the recipe at Belly Full
3. Garden Veggie Pasta Salad
This pasta salad packs all your veggie needs for the day, without skipping out on any of the flavours! It’s colourful, easy to put together, and has a simple Italian dressing on top to provide just enough extra flavour to the crunchy veggies. It’s a perfect choice for a party, dinner at home, or as part of a meal plan to take to the office.
Get the recipe at Yummly
4. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
If you are looking for a seriously new pasta salad idea, love the tangy crunch of pickles, creamy dressings, and cheese, then this pasta salad is the one for you! It is a simple recipe that can be made in no time and it still packs all the flavour of our other pasta salad recipes, just with a unique crunch!
Get the recipe at My Organized Chaos
5. BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad
If you like the corn and black bean salad, then this recipe might just become a new favourite with its upgraded flavour boosts. It combines black beans, corn, peppers, onions, and chunks of chicken, then adds a creamy coating of smoky BBQ ranch and is then topped with corn chips. If the ingredients didn’t give it away, this recipe is loaded in both flavour and visual appeal!
Get the recipe at Spicy Southern Kitchen
6. Black Bean And Corn Pasta Salad
Just because our previous recipe took the black bean and corn salad and upgraded it to something new, doesn’t mean that it can’t also still be enjoyed as is—just in pasta salad form. This recipe keeps all the basic ingredients of the original salad but adds in some cooked pasta for an extra filling boost!
Get the recipe at Five Heart Home
7. Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
The autumn crunch pasta salad upgrades a regular spinach salad by adding in some pasta shells for a very flavourful and filling pasta salad! True to its autumn title, this recipe combines dried cranberries, crunchy apples, walnuts, and little slices of mandarin for a juicy burst. Combined with a spinach base and pasta shells, this makes a very filling recipe.
Get the recipe at Chelsea’s Messy Apron
8. Bruschetta Pasta Salad
Yes, technically bruschetta is an appetizer course, but the combination of tomato, basil, olive oil and cheese are such a perfect and delicious mixture that it can be turned into an equally delicious pasta salad recipe. It’s simple, easy to put together, and perfect for hot summer days!
Get the recipe A Pretty life In the Suburbs
9. Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad
This recipe takes a regular strawberry avocado spinach salad but swaps out the spinach in favour of pasta for a whole new recipe. For some extra bursts of flavour, it also adds pear, slices of mandarin oranges, and macadamia nuts for some crunch. It’s a nice light pasta salad, but with all the different combinations, it’s still just as packed with flavour.
Get the recipe at Carls Bad Cravings
10. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Chicken Caesar salad is a staple in the salad world, so why not still enjoy it in the pasta salad realm? Creamy dressing, pieces of chicken, and shredded parmesan are perfect pairs to pasta anyway, so you can’t go wrong with adding this recipe to the pasta salad list!
Get the recipe at 4 Sons ‘R’ Us