17 Pasta Salad Recipes that Are Way Better Than You Knew Pasta Salad Could Be

Pasta salad is perhaps the easiest, and potentially the most delicious, food you can bring to a potluck or picnic. We're not talking about that gross, gooey, mayonnaise-y stuff, though. These 17 picks, culled from some of the best bloggers on the Internet, are loaded with fresh pestos, soba noodles, Thai seasonings, grilled peaches — none of that canned olive or bottled Italian dressing crap. Feast your eyes — and your bellies — on the pasta salads to conquer all pasta salads. Yum!

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Brussels Sprouts and Dijon Pasta Salad

This savory and slightly spicy pasta salad by Love and Lemons uses so many veggies, it’s almost like eating a regular salad.

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Grilled Kale and Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad

Kale salad with a pasta topper by Half Baked Harvest is a perfect vegetarian option at any barbecue.

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Asian Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad

For a healthy, summery take on Chinese food, try making this Asian noodle salad by Steamy Kitchen.

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Orzo and Arugula Lemon Thyme Salad

Orzo is the perfect pasta salad noodle, and this recipe by Love and Lemons proves it.

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Spicy Tahini Soba Noodle Salad

Sesame paste adds a rich flavor to your noodles without any cream, per A Cozy Kitchen.

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Israeli Couscous Salad

This spin on a traditional tomato and cucumber Israeli salad by My Name is Yeh adds the perfect amount of carbs to this warm-weather dish.  

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Orange Cream Pasta Salad

Goat cheese adds the creaminess in this citrus-spiked pasta salad by Healthful Pursuit.

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Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Peach Pasta Salad

Add some fruit to your pasta salad with this creative and super tasty recipe by How Sweet it Is

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Asian Pasta Salad

This Asian-inspired macaroni salad by Damn Delicious gets its creaminess from sesame vinaigrette and avocado.

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Roasted Beets and Bleu Cheese Orzo Salad

Beet salad has been all the rage this spring, and Naturally Ella helps us bring these flavors to pasta salad, too.

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Ravioli Salad with Black Olives

Ravioli may be the best type of pasta, especially when paired with salty olives and crunchy pepitas. Thanks, Eats Well With Others.

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Peanut Noodle and Bean Sprout Salad

This peanut noodle salad is easily a whole meal, rather than just a side dish. Naturally Ella’s recipe is easy to make and keeps well without refrigeration for hours.

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Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichokes

A good pesto can be the key to a perfect cold pasta dish.  This recipe by Savory Sweet Life uses plenty of greens.

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Bell Pepper Farfalle Salad

Farfalle with diced vegetables may look like your standard buffet fare, but The Healthy Foodie gives us a gourmet version that’s almost impossible not to gobble up.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

A Mediterranean diet is supposed to be the healthiest one, so why not toss in some pasta, like in this recipe by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe?

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Broccoli Tortellini Salad

All the fresh greens in this recipe from Alida’s Kitchen make the tortellini salad super tasty, and even a bit healthy!

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Soba Noodle Salad with Caramelized Chicken

This noodle salad by How Sweet it Is. has the perfect ratio of carbs to protein to greens, and it looks like a vision of summer.

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