9 Pasta Salad Recipes That Combine the Best of Two Worlds

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Why settle, Food Fanatics?

Why choose between pasta and salad when you can follow the recipes below and eat pasta WITH salad?!?

We’re talking seriously delicious pasta salad recipes and we’re talking them now…

  1. Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • This creamy Greek pasta salad is a mash-up of many dishes:  pasta salad, Greek salad, and creamy Italian dressing.  The pasta salad is amazing, but the dressing is really what gets me excited. The dressing tastes like the creamy Italian dressing at Olive Garden, but it’s better since you know exactly what is in it.  …
  2. Gluten Free Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • Pasta salad used to be one of my go-to meals for a quick lunch, packed full of veggies and proteins. At least, up until I went gluten free – then I had to do things a bit differently. Lucky for most of us, we can now easily find good alternative store-bought gluten free pasta to …
  3. Bacon Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • Have you ever been to a steak house and started your meal with spinach salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette? Man, I love a salad with bacon vinaigrette. Spinach really shines when coated in bacon grease, doesn’t it? It almost makes you forget you’re eating something green that’s good for you. It got me thinking that …
  4. Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • Do you remember Suddenly Salad? It’s actually still on store shelves today, but for some reason this boxed pasta mix achieved almost obsessive levels of success in the early 1990’s. I know because we ate it constantly in my house, as a go-to lunch for my mother and me over many weekends and summers. The …
  5. Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad Recipe
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    • Pesto is a universal crowd pleaser. It’s quick and easy and downright flavorful, whether you’re making a fresh pasta salad or homemade frozen pizza. But if you want something even quicker and easier (no joke), this deconstructed pesto salad is a winner. Rather than dirtying up a food processor (and we all know what a pain in the …
  6. Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recipe
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    • Gluten free pasta salad with pumpkin seed pesto is the perfect dish for summer. When the temperature outside is threateningly close to 100 degrees (or hotter some days), it’s nice to be able to eat a chilled pasta salad. And since the only heat required to make this is as long as it takes to boil a …
  7. Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Salad Recipe
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    • This tuna noodle salad is one of those recipes that’s not really a recipe. It’s a meal that my grandmother used to make us a lot in the summer — when it was too hot to cook anything. This is a really great make ahead meal because you can cook the pasta in the morning, mix it all up, and let …
  8. Gluten Free Southwest Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • Growing up most of my life in New Mexico, I have developed a love for all things Southwestern flavored. I like my food with a lot of flavor, and when I make savory dishes I find myself being inspired by the classic southwestern flavors I grew up with. Now that it’s summer, everyone is going on …
  9. Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe
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    • Do you feel as strongly about pasta salads as I do? Walk away screaming at the sight of elbow macaroni with diced ham and frozen peas? Would never add bottled French dressing to a perfect bowl of carbs and vegetables? I sure hope so. Because this one’s for you. I was just telling Brani the other day how I was …

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