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23 Pasta & Noodle Salads That Are Potluck Superstars

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Pasta, the workhorse of rent week and I-can’t-believe-it’s-8-o’clock dinners, is here to save the day again. This time, as the non-wilty, thoroughly-filling, people-pleasing potluck superstar: pasta salad.

The best part of pasta salad is its endlessly versatile, accommodating format. You can dress it up with feta, miso, or tuna, or toss in some olives or broccoli. It can emulate ~ traditional ~ salads with lettuce and greens, or embrace salad-in-name-only status with no-cook tomato sauce. Whether you plan on making a pasta salad to complement potluck mains, or combine flavors to make it the star of the show, we have the perfect pasta (and noodle!) salads for you.

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Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta
Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta
Pea and Orecchiette Spring Salad with Perlini and Mint
Pea and Orecchiette Spring Salad with Perlini and Mint
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
The Splendid Table's Pasta with Two Broccolis and Raisin-Pine Nut Sauce
Summer Pasta alla Caprese

Summer Pasta alla Caprese by Merrill Stubbs

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with No-Cook Tomato Sauce by Sarah Jampel

Antipasto Orzo Pasta Salad

Antipasto Orzo Pasta Salad by Sarah Jampel

Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens

Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens by the parsley thief

Miso Peanut Pasta Salad
Miso Peanut Pasta Salad

Use Your Noodle

Hot Smoked Salmon, Soba and Asian Greens Salad

Hot Smoked Salmon, Soba and Asian Greens Salad by cheese1227

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing by Sarah Jampel

Peanut Noodles with Seared Tempeh and Fried Shallots

Peanut Noodles with Seared Tempeh and Fried Shallots by Sarah Jampel

Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime Dressing

Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime ... by Elizabeth Stark

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles by Poppies and Papayas

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad by Nicki

Soba Noodles with Cedar-Planked Salmon
Soba Noodles with Cedar-Planked Salmon
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad by Ali Slagle

Tahini Noodles

Tahini Noodles by Alexandra V. Jones

Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn
Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)

Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dres... by Rach Kim

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles by Merrill Stubbs

Or invent your own!

How to Make Pasta Salad without a Recipe

How to Make Pasta Salad without a Recipe by Marian Bull

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How to Make Any Kind of Noodle Salad

How to Make Any Kind of Noodle Salad by Lisa Siva

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What's your favorite pasta or noodle salad to bring to a potluck? Let us know in the comments.

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