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Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim Credits: Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim
Planning a picnic or family barbecue anytime soon? Give yourself one less thing to worry about and go for one of our easy pasta salad recipes. It's sure to be a hit!
Pasta salads are great to make ahead, and are absolute tops for large groups. They also take the cake for being an extremely versatile dish – with a host of added ingredients, toppings and dressings, simple pasta salads can go from humble side to star entrée in no time.
We asked Test Kitchen food specialist Amanda Barnier to share some top tips for preparing pasta salads, and why they're a crowd favourite. Here's what she had to share:
Pasta salads: the perfect make-ahead dish
"Pasta salads can easily be prepped in advance and can feed a crowd with little effort," Amanda says. "It can be made in advance and cooled immediately after cooking."
One important tip to remember, she adds, is to "add dressing the day it's being served, because it will quickly absorb the dressing."
Pasta salad favourites
"I like using cheese filled tortellini for a hearty salad. Soba and rice noodles are great with Asian dressings, whole grain and coloured pastas," Amanda says.
How to store pasta salads
"Keep salads well wrapped and refrigerated," she says. "Salad has the same storage life as its ingredients. Seafood is best eaten within 2 days, and chicken (within) 2 to 3 days. If traveling, be sure to store pasta salads in coolers packed with lots of ice."
"Proteins should not be within 4 C and 60 C for longer than a four hour period," she adds.
The long and short of it: best pasta shapes
"Short shapes are best with vinaigrettes and creamy dressings, and chunky ingredients such as chopped vegetables and beans," Amanda says.
"Long pasta shapes are better used with thinly sliced vegetables, proteins, herbs, spices and vinaigrettes."
Tips for making pasta salad
"If making a pasta salad in advance, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain well," she advises. "Add dressing just prior to serving. Pasta quickly absorbs liquids; if the dressing is added too soon, the pasta will absorb it."
So whether you prefer chunky pasta salads with a cool, creamy dressing perfect for summer picnics, or entrée-worthy pasta salads with long rice noodles and a tangy vinaigrette, you're sure to find a new favourite with from our collection.
Easy pasta salad recipes:
Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad
A bright vinaigrette makes this pasta salad the ultimate dish to serve at any summer party.
Photography by Joe Kim
Mediterranean Orzo Salad
This salad highlights many fresh flavours of the Mediterranean and is at its best when made with good-quality olive oil.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
The Best Macaroni Salad
This is a great keeper salad and perfect for a picnic or BBQ. Just make sure you pack it with plenty of ice packs to keep it nice and cold, both during transportation and at the table.
Photography by Annabelle Waugh
Chicken, Broccoli and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
Make this pasta salad for the whole family—the kids will love the mild dressing and round bocconcini cheese, while the adults will appreciate it as a light alternative to a sandwich.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
More great pasta salad recipes:
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
This salad is simple to assemble for a quick family meal.
Warm Spinach and Ham Pasta Salad
Dressed with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, this penne pasta salad is a winner topped with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Winter Vegetable Pasta Salad
Cook everything together in one pot for this easy warm salad.
Pea, Pepper and Pasta Salad
This make-ahead salad is perfect for toting to a potluck barbecue or picnic. Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving so the peas stay bright green.
Summer Pasta Salad
Serve this light summery salad with crispy, homemade Parmesan Breadsticks.
Mediterranean Fusilli Salad
Fresh basil, hearty beans, piquant sun-dried tomatoes and al dente pasta make the perfect summer salad.
Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
The dressing lends a taste of summer any time of year. The red peppers provide vitamins A and C and potassium. Quick and easy to make, this salad is perfect to take to a last-minute potluck or picnic.
Grilled Sausage, Pepper and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
This delicious pasta salad is made with tasty Italian sausage and lots of colourful peppers.
Bow-Tie Pasta Salad
This easy, colourful salad has the sunny fresh tastes of Greece.
Tuna Pasta Salad
Using tuna packed in both oil and broth means you'll need less oil in the dressing.
Salmon Pasta Salad
Start with melon wedges to whet your appetite for this quick and light dinner.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Grilled market-fresh veggies meet marinated olives and artichokes in this healthy dish made with whole wheat rotini. So chock full with taste and texture, carnivores won't complain about this vegetarian dish.
Party Parmesan Pasta Salad
Try this hearty salad studded with salami, olives, tiny tomatoes, roasted pepper and fresh basil.
Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
This easy tasty pasta salad is loaded with calcium. Omit the banana peppers if your child is not a fan of hot food.
Deli Pasta Salad
Add 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) extra pasta to the pot at dinner the night before to have enough for this lunchtime salad the next day.
Sirloin Steak with Green Bean Pasta Salad
Sirloin steaks paired with green beans and tomatoes make this salad a hearty entrée.
Looking for more great recipes? Try our best potato salad recipes.
Feed your wanderlust and get inspired for your next adventure with these Instagram travel accounts.
An avid rock climber and overall outdoors man, landscape photographer Jacob Moon captures some of the world's most challenging places to get to. If you love breathtaking mountain landscapes, then his Instagram will leave you catching your breath.
Follow this account for a collection of what the continent has to offer and inspiration for where to start off your South American adventure.
A collection of beautiful images and stories, this Instagram account offers a different perspective of Italy for those who have this destination on their bucket list.
Ontario is vast and full of beauty. This account is a great starting point for travelers and locals, looking to see what else there is to this great province and why it's yours to discover.
Travel the world through your Instagram feed and follow award-winning Canadian adventurer Dustin Main. His Instagram page is more than just your average beach or mountain shot. His images depict the true essence of all his travel destinations by beautifully capturing the culture of each location.
Canadian couple Darlene and Pete Heck's Instagram account is anything but hectic. Instead, it is abundant in beautiful travel grams of a life they built that started in 2009 when they sold everything they had to travel the world together. How romantic! Their account is the perfect inspiration for those looking to make life-changing travel plans.
With 1.4 million followers and magical photos like this of the Northern Lights, it's not difficult to understand why Chris Burkard's page has a loyal following. Cosy up on your couch with your favourite cup of tea and prepare to be transported through the visceral beauty of nature.
You can travel and eat your cake–or donut–too! This account will not only give you severe wanderlust, you'll wish you were eating all the delicious treats featured in the perfectly composed travel grams.
There's more to British Columbia than extraordinary mountains (although the one pictured is pretty amazing). See B.C. through the eyes of residents and travelers who have passed through and follow Destination British Columbia's official Instagram page. Warning: Your thumb may cramp after all the double-tapping.
Is this place heaven or what?! This Instagram account will give you the ultimate travel envy, whether you want to doze off on a beach or take a stroll through the mountains. In fact, I think it's time I start packing my bags.
See The City of Light through the eyes of Carin Olsson, a Swedish native who in 2013 pursued her dream of living in Paris. Her photographs of her everyday life truly inspire a wanderlust like no other.
Canadian freelance photographer Callum Snape, captures the true spirit of adventure through his stunning photographs. Just a scroll through his page will give you the push you need to explore the great outdoors on your next adventure.
Are you looking to travel the world solo? Brooke Saward's Instagram account will inspire you to take that leap of faith and discover the benefits of traveling to new places on your own.
The view must never get old from up there. Explore the Canadian landscape through this community of photographers and artists that share a mutual love for breathtaking photography of our Great North.
Looking to conquer the world with the one you love? Murad Osmann's incredibly inspiring and romantic #followmeto photo series is the perfect motivation to travel with your loved one at your side.