10 pasta salad recipes for picnics and potlucks

Pasta salad is the age old tradition of taking a regular pasta dish, chilling it and deeming it a salad. (And whoever made this up is a true genius.) But if you're sick of your traditional mayonnaise covered elbow noodles, upgrade your picnic or backyard barbecue with one of these unique pasta salad recipes. 

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Summer Avocado Pasta Salad by Best Bites

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Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant by Food & Wine

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Bacon and Green Onion Pasta Salad by Erren's Kitchen | Erren Hart

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Pasta Salad with Salmon, Peas and Herbs by Weeknight Wonders | Ellie Krieger

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Strawberry Chicken and Spinach Pasta Salad by Life in the Lofthouse

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Olive and Artichoke Pasta Salad by Well Vegan 

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Fiesta Pasta Salad & Green Chile Lime Vinaigrette by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad by Best Bites

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Sun Dried Tomato and Asiago Cheese Pasta Salad by Carrie's Experimental Kitchen | Carrie Farias

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Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages and Peppers by Food & Wine

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Pasta salad recipes like bacon and green onion cellentani, avocado rotini and penne with strawberries and spinach will surely wow your guests. Just be careful—they’re so good they might overshadow your grilled mains. 

You can keep your dish chilled in the refrigerator or a cooler until ready to serve, but if you're planning on keeping it out for a while, consider a chilled serving bowl like this one that holds ice in the bottom or this stainless steel insulated bowl.

Check out our favorite unique pasta salad recipes in the gallery below and shop some of our favorite chilled servers below! 

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