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30 Best Cold Pasta Salads Ideas in 2022

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.

collection of cold pasta recipes

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!