Cold Pasta Salad Recipes - Easy Pasta Salad Recipes

Looking for some super fast and incredibly easy pasta salads recipe ideas? Look no further! When most of us think of pasta salads, we think of a box that comes with the pasta, some dried seasoning and some oil. It’s just as easy to make your own flavorful cold pasta salads at home and just as quickly, too! I make about one pasta salad a week to use as a side dish for lunch or dinner and am always changing things up with these various combinations. I also love serving pasta salads when entertaining and they’re also a great dish to bring to a barbeque or other event where it is customary to bring food. So, read on and get inspired to make your own homemade pasta salad, instead of the icky stuff that comes from a box!

It’s really easy to make your own pasta salad. I’m not going to include measurements because everything is pretty self explanatory. You really can’t mess up your pasta salad using these ingredients. Use more or less of everything to your liking and you’ll have an awesome cold pasta salad.

Step 2: Choose A Salad Dressing:

  • Italian / Light Italian
  • Creamy Italian
  • Ranch / Light Ranch
  • Caesar
  • Green Goddess
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Etc. (Use any of your favorite dressings)

Step 1: Pick 1 or 2 Types of Pasta

  • Orzo (Rice like pasta)
  • Macaroni
  • Shells
  • Bow-Ties
  • Any Whole Wheat Pasta (for a healthier dish!)
  • Spinach pasta
  • Tomato pasta
  • Etc.

Step 4: Choose a topping or two from the following:

Crushed croutons
Sunflower seeds
Bacon bits
Grated parmesan cheese
Crushed butter crackers (like Ritz)

Step 5: Mix Together!

Now mix all the ingredients together and you’ve got a great cold (or hot) pasta salad! If you’re at a loss for some good combination ideas, check out some of my favorites below.

Step 3: Add as much as you want of the following ingredients:

Diced ham
Diced turkey
Black olives
Artichoke hearts
Kalamata olives
Feta cheese
Shredded cheese
Diced zucchini
Diced asparagus
Diced pepper
Diced onion
Diced celery
Diced cucumber
Diced tomatoes
Baby corn
Etc. (Get creative!)

Chef Pasta Salad Recipe


Bow-tie pasta
Light creamy ranch or caesar dressing
Diced ham
Diced turkey
Diced cucumbers
Baby corn
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Crushed croutons
Bacon Bits

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe


Orzo pasta
Balsamic vinaigrette
Artichoke hearts
Black or kalamata olives
Feta cheese
Diced tomatoes
Topping: Parmesan cheese and a bit of Greek spice blend

Super Easy Caesar Pasta Salad


Bow-tie pasta
Caesar salad dressing
Diced cucumbers
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Crushed croutons

Vegetarian Pasta Salad


Blend of whole wheat pasta, tomato pasta and spinach pasta
Green Goddess dressing
Artichoke hearts
Diced zucchini
Diced cucumber
Diced tomatoes
Sunflower seeds


Yum! After writing this, I’m in the mood for pasta salad now. Enjoy the recipes and I hope you’re also inspired to try out your own combination of ingredients.

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What Are Some Of Your Favorite Pasta Salad Recipes? 14 comments

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Anath 7 years ago

Great ideas, I am a fan of pasta salads as they require little cooking but still very nutritious.

Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

I agree with Anath. Good ideas. My son is a pasta lover, I believe I will share this with him.

Thanks for sharing

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

I'm going to try some of these out on the 12 year old in the house. Thanks!

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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

You've certainly made it easy for us. Sounds easy and delicious. Thanks.

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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the recipes. :)

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Great recipe. I like the list of optional ingredients. Thumbs up.

Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

Yum. Definitely bookmarked. =)

Amany Ibrahim 7 years ago

This is really nice, to share your ideas with us. By the way I became a good cooker following others rules and listening to their tips.....THANK YOU

cosette 7 years ago

cold (and warm) pasta salad has to be one of my favorite dishes. very nice hub!

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Michael Willis 6 years ago from Arkansas

These sound good to me. great ideas, thanks!

Jodi 6 years ago

I made a bow tie pasta ranch with celery tomato cucumber

Black olive ham turkey bacon bits cheddar cheese. AMAZING!

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girly_girl09 6 years ago from United States Author

Sounds like a great combination; thanks for sharing!!

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jenesmith01 5 years ago from North Texas

great ideas i am actually making pasta tonight and was looking for a good recipe. i love the ideas. thanks for sharing

Dan 5 years ago

I will try the Super Easy Caesar Pasta Salad but I will prepare my own Caesar dressing because what I'm finding in my local supermarket has to much sugar on it.

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