Pasta salad provides endless possibilities for new flavor combinations and ingredients. Here are some of our favorites.
Cheese-filled tortellini pasta is complemented by salty green and black olives and crunchy red bell peppers and onions. A
tangy vinegar-based dressing is loaded with herbes de Provence to coat all of the ingredients with a variety of aromatic flavors.
This elegant salad can be served as a main dish for a dinner party or simply tossed together for a casual picnic side. The
zesty lemon dressing picks up earthy flavors from mint and tarragon but has a hint of spice from crushed red pepper flakes.
Juicy raspberries and cool cucumber chunks create a colorful presentation.
Inspired by the classic Thai dish pad thai, this noodle salad incorporates a variety of vegtables and flavors but leaves plenty
of room for add-ons and creativity. For a main dish meal, add precooked shredded chicken or slices of beef. You can can serve
this dish hot, cold, or at room temperature.
Feta cheese, grape tomatoes, and red onion give this salad Greek flair, and star ingredient dill adds a punch of flavor to
the combination. Even though this salad is delicious immediately after it comes together, we recommend chilling it for a few
hours in the refrigerator to enhance all the flavors.
This Italian-inspired salad uses basic ingredients and is easy to prepare. You can add in a few tablespoons of store-bought
pesto to bring out the flavors of the fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts.
This salad includes just about everything but the kitchen sink, but feel free to add any extra vegetables or herbs of your
choice. Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella chunks, and chopped green chiles create a great mix of flavors
while pine nuts add a finishing crunch. The rotini pasta is perfect for holding the dressing, but substitute the pasta of
your choice if desired.
Crunchy green beans and crisp bacon are always a wonderful flavor pairing, and the addition of red grapes makes for a sweet
surprise. Cook the penne pasta al dente so it holds up when tossed with the dressing and beans.
Creamy herb-infused Green Goddess Dressing is the star of this salad. We used yellow bell peppers; substitute a variety of
peppers to add flavor and color.
When served on skewers, this pasta salad makes a beautifully presented appetizer or first course. If you are pressed for time
or want to make it a meal, skip the skewers and toss all of the ingredients in a bowl with dressing just before serving.
Fresh jalapeño peppers and cilantro give this Asian pasta salad a kick of heat while mild cucumber, peanuts, and honey create
a balance of flavors. Find fish sauce in the ethnic food section of your supermarket or at specialty Asian food stores. This
noodle salad is great for a weeknight meal and also fun for a festive party.