Pasta salad is a perfect dish for versatility; it's easily portable and can be served either hot or cold. Try one of these 22 healthy pasta salad recipes.
Pantry-friendly ingredients make this pasta salad easy on your budget. Toss warm pasta with the tangy dressing so it will
absorb more flavor. If you prefer to serve this salad chilled, make it up to a day ahead, toss, and refrigerate until you're
ready to serve.
View Recipe: Warm Pasta Salad with Shrimp
Haricots verts are thin, tender green beans. If you can't find them, use trimmed regular green beans, but add them to the
pasta after 8 minutes of cooking since they'll take longer to cook. You can make the salad ahead, but dress it just before
serving so the beans don't turn drab.
View Recipe: Gemelli Salad with Green Beans, Pistachios, and Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette
You'll only need about 15 minutes to cook the chicken and noodles for this flavorful Asian salad. If short on time, substitute
rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken, and purchase preshredded carrots from your supermarket's produce section.
View Recipe: Peanut Chicken Soba Salad
Pasta salad gets a southwestern twist with the addition of corn, black beans, chili powder, and fresh cilantro. Make ahead
for lunch, dinner, or even a picnic.
View Recipe: Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
Herbes de Provence lends a hit of floral flavor to the dressing of this penne salad. Serve this dish immediately or cover
and chill for 2 hours for a cold pasta salad.
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese
Using white balsamic vinegar helps maintains the salad dressing's pure golden color. Tip: Add the yellow squash and zucchini
to the pasta during the last minute of cooking.
View Recipe: Rotini, Summer Squash, and Prosciutto Salad with Rosemary Dressing
Lemony dressing and fresh mint add vibrant flavor to this pasta salad. Serve chilled or at room temperature, and garnish with
pretty mint leaves, if desired.
View Recipe: Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel
The flavor and contrasting textures―crunchy celery, onion, and walnut, chewy pasta, tender chicken, and juicy grapes―make
an easy salad that can be made ahead and travels well, either for a dinner on the go or a workday lunch. Leftover chicken,
or deli ham or turkey can take the place of the store-bought rotisserie bird if you prefer.
View Recipe: Roasted Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
To make sure the walnut pesto ingredients are evenly minced, stop the food processor halfway through processing, and scrape
down the sides.
Kalamata olives are great to have on hand to add zesty saltiness to salads, sandwiches, and spreads.
View Recipe: Chicken and Farfalle Salad with Walnut Pesto
A light, flavorful pasta toss, accented with crumbled bacon, is a quick and easy dinner solution for any night of the week.
Use whatever veggies you have on hand to add to the colorful dish. Serve with a mixed greens salad.
View Recipe: Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables
Fresh and light describe the flavors of this salad. With pops of green onions, herbs and cucumber, and bright red bell pepper,
this dish will be a delight for both the eyes and the palate.
View Recipe: Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
White balsamic vinegar helps this side dish maintain its fresh appeal. Serve with grilled chicken. Or, for a meatless entrée,
add mozzarella, feta, or goat cheese.
View Recipe: Macaroni Salad with Summer Tomatoes
Bring this crowd-pleasing vinegar- and olive-based salad to your next picnic, barbecue, or get-together.
View Recipe: Rotini Salad with Kalamata Olive Dressing
Pasta salad isn't just for summer. Butternut squash and a walnut-sage pesto give this dish a hit of fall flavor. The pesto
sauce darkens upon standing, so try to serve the salad shortly after tossing the ingredients.
View Recipe: Cavatappi Pasta Salad with Walnut-Sage Pesto
You can have this entire meal ready in just about 35 minutes. To quickly prepare the beans in this recipe, trim just the stem
ends, leaving the tapered blossom ends intact. Line up 5 or 6 beans at a time and cut them roughly the same length as the
View Recipe: Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans
This slightly spicy, easy recipe is perfect for a quick dinner. If you are a Sriracha fanatic or already have Asian sauces
and spices on hand, this recipe is perfect for you. Serve with fruit salad – think kiwi, pineapple and mango.
View Recipe: Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables
This protein-packed salad is filled with sharp, flavorful tastes like tart banana peppers and smoky salami. The protein and
carbs make this an ideal post-workout meal.
View Recipe: Peppery Monterey Jack Pasta Salad
The sweet melon and smoky prosciutto intertwine in this hearty dish to delight the taste buds. It’s substantial enough to
be the main course or as the side dish to a lighter entrée.
View Recipe: Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad
This superfast and simple spinach dish is low-maintenance and easy. Top with wild-caught salmon or grilled chicken breast
for a healthy dinner.
View Recipe: Spinach-Pasta Salad
Fresh cucumbers and a sweet-and-spicy sauce coat tender linguine for a gourmet fare that won’t cost you a fortune.
View Recipe: Spicy Pasta-Cucumber Salad
If you can handle the heat, add this to your meal plan. With so many distinctive flavors – sharp radish, crisp broccolini,
and nutty cashew – this dish is truly something to savor.
View Recipe: Udon Noodle Salad with Broccolini and Spicy Tofu
You’ll have a party in your bowl with this brightly colored, low-cal, international dish. Serve this salad chilled or at room
temperature. You can prepare the recipe up to a day ahead, but stir in the basil just before serving.
View Recipe: Confetti Couscous