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Outstanding Pasta Salad Recipes, Because You Deserve Better

Give pasta salad the makeover it deserves.
06/01/2017 06:00am ET | Updated May 21, 2018

Pasta salad draws to mind images of sad, cold noodles, haphazardly chopped veggies and maybe some diced ham packed into a plastic tub. It’s filling, it’s fine, but it’s not even remotely exciting. It shouldn’t be that way though, because pasta is delicious, which means pasta salad should be outstanding.

That’s what we have for you right here: outstanding pasta salad recipes that completely reinvent the classic. (We also have one classic recipe because when it’s homemade it can actually be pretty good.) So get the pot of water boiling (don’t forget to salt it), start chopping the veggies and give pasta salad the makeover it deserves.

1
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
2
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
Foodie Crush
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3
Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
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4
Pesto Pasta Salad
Simply Recipes
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5
Goat Cheese And Arugula Pasta Salad
How Sweet It Is
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6
Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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7
Macaroni Salad With Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto
Foodie Crush
8
Best Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Pinch of Yum
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9
Pasta With Peas, Smoked Almonds And Dill
A Spicy Perspective
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10
Pizza Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
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11
Creamy Winter Pasta Salad
A Beautiful Mess
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12
Smoky Heirloom Tomato And Grilled Peach Pasta Salad With Basil Vinaigrette
How Sweet It Is
13
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad With Feta And Pea Shoots
The Clever Carrot
14
Greek Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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15
Veggie Lovers' Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
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16
Pasta Salad With Corn, Bacon And Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Simply Recipes
17
Whole Wheat Greek Pasta Salad
Foodie Crush
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18
Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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19
Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta
Laura Bolton for Fork Knife Swoon
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20
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
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21
Classic Macaroni Salad
Cooking Classy
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22
Broccoli Pasta Salad
A Beautiful Mess
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