Cold pasta salads are perfect for picnics, potlucks, and parties. Quite fast and easy to put together, summer pasta salads can also be served as a tasty entrée or side for lunch or dinner. They’re packed with a colorful mix of veggies, homemade dressings and cold pastas.
Cold pasta recipes are always a big hit! So easy to make, cold pasta dishes travel well and usually don’t require constant chilling, so most of them will sit out on a buffet table without a problem.
In today’s post, I have rounded up some of the Best Cold Pasta Salad Recipes. These recipes are all from top food bloggers and I have personally tried some of the recipes in the list.
From cold pasta salads like best BLT Pasta Salad and Italian Pasta Salad, to creamy pasta salads such as Creamy Summer Pasta Salad, Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad and Creamy Macaroni Pasta Salad, there’s something that will please everyone in this mix. There are also plenty of Italian pasta salad recipes and seafood pasta salads with tuna.
I hope it will be handy for you to have all these recipes in one place, you can never have enough ideas to come up with the perfect easy pasta salad recipe. All you have to do is decide “Which one should I give a go today?”
Because who doesn’t love pasta salad?
Can you make pasta salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can. For most of the recipes included (unless mentioned otherwise) the flavor is going to be way better if the ingredients have a little bit of time to combine. You can definitely make the salad the night before or the morning on the day you plan to serve it. Perfect way to save some time if you’re planning to make it for parties or gatherings.
Tips to cook pasta for cold salad recipes
Don’t forget to place the cooked pasta under cold water, as soon as the cooking time has finished. Give it a good rinse to prevent it from becoming clumpy cloggy pasta. Add it to a large bowl and sprinkle a bit of olive oil on top. Give it a good toss and you’ll have the perfect cold pasta ready for summer pasta salads.
If the recipe you are making has ingredients that need to stay crisp, making it ahead of time is not recommended. It will get soggy and no one likes a soggy salad. Combine the ingredients that are safe to be added ahead of time and add those particular ingredients if possible just before you are ready to serve it.
How to store the cold pasta dishes?
Use an airtight container with lid to store the pasta salads in. Refrigerate until ready to serve, if possible.
How long do pasta salads last?
Most of the salads will stay fresh for about 2-3 days in the fridge, unless otherwise mentioned on the recipe. You might need to add a little bit more dressing to it and give it a good stir before serving it again.
How do you find the recipes?
To find each recipe, simply click the ” GET RECIPE” below each image and intro. You will get the full recipe, ingredients and directions on how to make, serve or store any of these easy pasta salad recipes
Best Cold Pasta Recipes
A total crowd pleaser, these 30+ best pasta salad recipes are perfect for summer gatherings or all year long!
Seasoned chicken, broccoli, golden raisins, celery, and a wonderful creamy homemade dressing come together to make this awesome Chicken Broccoli Pasta Salad. A total crowd pleaser, perfect for summer gatherings or all year long!
This easy BLT Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer potlucks and picnics, with a creamy ranch dressing, crispy bacon, crunchy romaine lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. It’s one of my favorite sandwiches in a large bowl!
Mexican Macaroni Salad is a fantastic side dish for any meal. A creamy salad filled with your favorite Tex-Mex seasonings, fresh vegetables and cotija cheese and chopped fresh parsley. A surefire hit for potlucks, summer cookouts or a great addition to taco night!
Italian Pasta Salad recipe is a cold summer salad perfect for picnics, or family functions. Full of fresh vegetables and herbs, salami, mozzarella cheese, tossed in an easy homemadetangy Italian dressing. It’s easy and delicious!
Poppy Seed Pasta Salad is an easy, make-ahead dinner that’s perfect for hot summer nights when you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen. It’s also great for packing up for picnics, barbecues, potlucks, and beach days!
30 Minute Pesto Tortellini Salad with asparagus, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes. This vegetarian, Mediterranean pasta salad can be enjoyed warm or chilled for easy entertaining or a quick weekday meal.
Italian Chopped Pasta Salad is everything you love about chopped salad in pasta form! Grilled zucchini, black olives, bell peppers and red onion together with homemade Italian dressing make this the perfect summer side dish!
This creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe is made with short macaroni, bell peppers, celery, onion, hard-boiled eggs, and peas. The Greek yogurt dressing gives it a secretly nutritious spin with more protein and less fat than a mayo-based macaroni salad. This pasta salad is the perfect picnic and BBQ side dish!
If you think hummus is just for dipping, think again! This hummus pasta salad combines store-bought roasted red pepper hummus with gluten-free pasta, arugula, carrots, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and olives for an easy and flavorful spring or summer side dish
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad – this easy to make pasta salad recipe is loaded with flavor! Charred corn and pasta are tossed in a creamy chili-lime dressing and topped with cotija cheese and crispy bacon!
Tortellini Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Burst Tomatoes – this easy vegetarian pasta salad can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature. It’s quick to make, packed with protein, and super healthy. Perfect for family gatherings and picnics alike.
Ramen noodles are good for more than just soup! Switch things up and make a healthy & colorful Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad buy using non-fried noodles! This easy salad is perfect for BBQs, potlucks or even to brighten regular mealtimes
It’s the classic Cobb Salad turned up a notch! This Cobb Pasta Salad features perfectly cooked pasta, crisp bacon, ripe tomatoes, cubed chicken, chopped eggs, creamy avocado, and blue cheese dressing. Delish!