6 Updated Pasta Salads

Modern noodle bowls ready for picnics and potlucks.


Spicy Thai Shrimp Soba Salad

Photo by Greg DuPree

Enough with the gloopy peanut noodles—it’s time to freshen up your soba. Don’t worry, we didn’t cut out the peanut butter entirely, we just lightened it up with the addition of lemongrass, shrimp, fresh mint, and basil. Pack it for lunch with a few lime wedges—it'll wake it up just enough that you’ll forget you’re eating leftovers.

Get the recipe: Spicy Thai Shrimp Soba Salad


Tapas-Style Pasta Salad

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A salty snack-lovers dream come true, this easy pasta salad combines savory dried chorizo, salty herb-dressed olives, and Manchego, one of our all time favorite snacking cheeses. The dressing calls for a bit of anchovy paste—not enough to really taste it, but just enough to give it some oomph. If you’re super anchovy-averse you can skip it, just give the salad a taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Get the recipe: Tapas-Style Pasta Salad


Southwestern Pasta Salad

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All your favorite taco night fixings, tossed with chewy pasta and a creamy avocado vinaigrette. This salad is a great way to pack the same flavors your family loves into a different package. The avocado dressing might oxidize overnight, so don’t worry if your lunch looks a little lackluster come Monday. It’ll still taste just as good. For an extra treat, top it with a small handful of crushed tortilla chips.

Get the recipe: Southwestern Pasta Salad


Niçoise Pasta Salad

Photo by Greg DuPree

The only thing wrong with a Nicoise salad is that it never had noodles—but not anymore. We packed all the flavors we love from a classic Nicoise into a hearty pasta salad perfect for picnics or brown-bag lunches. Bonus: it uses just one pot to cook the pasta, potatoes, and the hard boiled eggs. You’re welcome.

Get the recipe: Niçoise Pasta Salad


Moroccan Couscous Salad

Photo by Greg DuPree

Israeli couscous offers plenty of texture in this fiber-packed salad, but if you can’t find it, use another small pasta shape like ditalini or orzo. Dried apricots and pistachios add great color, but golden raisins or currants and toasted almonds would be just as tasty. Smoked paprika can be very assertive, so start with a pinch and add more to your liking.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Couscous Salad


Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Photo by Greg DuPree

This dish is a new take on our favorite summer Italian flavors. We added grilled broccoli rabe for just a touch of bitterness, and it’s perfect against the creamy mozzarella and the sweet and tangy tomato vinaigrette. Be sure to cut the broccoli rabe and onions into bite size pieces after grilling, making them easier to eat.

Get the recipe: Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad