12 Creamy Pasta Salads for Summer

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Pasta salads are a cinch to make and a great choice for big-batch, make-ahead meals. Add your choice of proteins and other add-ins, and you've got a satisfying main dish. What really sets a good pasta salad apart is a great-tasting creamy dressing. Here are some of our most popular creamy pasta salad recipes that have perfected the ratio of pasta, add-ins, and just the right dressing to pull all the ingredients together.

Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

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cookingbug

"This recipe is fantastic and so easy to make. The fresh basil is a MUST and I don't change a thing. This has turned into a family favorite—and I love it even more the next day with a little tuna mixed in for lunch." —Boomernkate

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Shrimp Pasta Salad with a Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Photo by lutzflcat

"It was the best Allrecipes meal that I made all week! We loved it and will definitely make it again." —kfolberg

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Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad

KGora
KGora

"This is a wonderful, delicious, and easy recipe. I love making it because it's a great side dish, or just to eat it by itself for lunch." —nancylo81

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Chicken Club Pasta Salad

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Photo by Christina

"Excellent dressing for the pasta & flexible for any leftover proteins. The family demolished this!" —Kopita11

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Macaroni Salad with Pickles

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momlovestocook

"I love this macaroni salad and have made it several times. All of the extras — pickles, olives, green pepper, etc. — give this macaroni salad great flavor. And best of all, it's really easy to make." —anitahfl

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Springtime Pasta Salad

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Photo by AuntE

"Very tasty, creamy, and a keeper. The olives did the trick for me. I wouldn't change a thing. I would double for a picnic." —AuntE.

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Creamy Vegan Pasta Salad

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"I bring this macaroni salad to barbecues and potlucks and everyone loves it — people never even realize it's vegan!" —btnymeg

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Mexican Fiesta Pasta Salad

Monte McCallister
Monte McCallister

"Your family and friends will love this zesty pasta salad. A surprising change from traditional pasta salads." —JOSLYN H.

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American Italian Pasta Salad

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Photo by CookinBug

"Honestly, the best creamy pasta salad. Fresh parsley and the dry Italian dressing mix are definitely the key ingredients." —CMIKUS

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Brie Passano
Brie Passano

"Hands down the best pasta salad in the galaxy! My husband had it for BREAKFAST the next day!" —Elizabeth

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Creamy Macaroni Salad

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The Spruce

"This creamy pasta salad recipe is easy and a huge hit at every function I take it to. I've looked all over for a great macaroni salad, and this is it!" —Mandy Franke

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Pesto Tortellini Salad

"A wonderful pesto tortellini salad with crunchy veggies and basil pesto sauce. This recipe is so different from the classic Italian pasta salads. Works as a main dish or a very hearty side dish for lunch." —Jenny Saunders

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