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8 Creamy Pasta Salads for Summer

Pasta Salads are a cinch to make and a great way to show off summer veggies. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp, and you've got the makings of a meal. What really sets a good pasta apart though is a great, creamy dressing. Here are some of our most popular pasta salad recipes that have the perfect ratio of pasta, veggies, and creamy dressing.

1. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Photo by Melissa Goff

2. Shrimp Pasta Salad with a Creamy Lemon Dressing

Rave Review: "It was the best allrecipes meal that I made all week! We loved it and will def make again." — kfolberg

Shrimp Pasta Salad with a Creamy Lemon Dressing

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "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

Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Photo by cookinbug

4. Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad

Rave Review: "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

Amelias Tuna Macaroni Salad

Photo by KGora

5. Chicken Club Pasta Salad

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

Chicken Club Pasta Salad

Photo by Molly

6. Macaroni Salad

Rave Review: "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

Macaroni Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

7. Springtime Pasta Salad

Rave Review:  "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.

Springtime Pasta Salad

Photo by AuntE

8. American-Italian Pasta Salad

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

American Italian Pasta Salad

Photo by CookinBug

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