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8 Filling and Delicious Make-Ahead Pasta Salads

These scrumptious pasta salads are filling and delicious. You can make them ahead of time, so that all the flavors develop and mingle together. So, whether you're planning a picnic or just need a tasty work lunch, these easy recipes are just what you need.

1. Cheese Tortellini Salad

Rave Review: "Easiest salad ever and I receive so many compliments every time." — DanaLane

Cheese Tortellini Salad

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

2. Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "Absolutely fantastic. I can't stop eating it! The dressing is phenomenal." — Aly

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

Photo by abapplez

3. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "Love this salad! I always use grape tomatoes in this. Great make-ahead side dish. Delicious!"  — maryb

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Photo by Melissa Goff

4. Italian Confetti Salad

Rave Review: "I brought this recipe to a potluck at work and it was a hit. Easy and fresh." — LINKELLEHER

Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Photo by CookinBug

 5. Quick Greek Pasta Salad with Steak

Rave Review: "This was amazing--I was nervous about using sun-dried tomato pesto (we've never tried it) but it gave such a rich depth to the steak." — GRANNYLOOHOO

Quick Greek Pasta Salad with Steak

Photo by Sherri

6. Awesome Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "This is the best pasta salad I've ever had. Made as written, or adjusted to your own preferences, you just can't go wrong with this recipe." — Lori

Awesome Pasta Salad

Photo by The Sporadic Cook

7. Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Rave Review: "I've made this countless time and love how light and yummy it is!" — rkrage1217

Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Photo by chibi chef

8. Greek Orzo Salad

Rave Review: "This was very tasty, colorful and pleasing to the palate. It was even better several hours later as the ingredients melded together and had some time to chill." — Momma Mophead

Greek Orzo Salad

Photo by Dianne


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