Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

Find healthy, delicious pasta salad recipes including tortellini salad, Greek pasta salad and low-calorie pasta salad. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chicken with Spinach & Tomato Orzo Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Baked chicken breasts cook in the oven while you mix together a Mediterranean-inspired salad--packed with veggies, whole-wheat orzo and an easy homemade vinaigrette--for a weekend-worthy dinner on the table in under an hour. The leftovers from this healthy 400-calorie meal make a delicious packable lunch for the next day.
By Carolyn Casner

Pasta Salad with Black Beans & Avocado Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Everyone will love this pasta salad recipe that's packed with tomatoes, corn and black beans. We lighten up the creamy dressing with avocado for a healthier version of a picnic favorite.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This cold pesto pasta salad will cool you off on a summer day. Fresh tomatoes and roasted red peppers add a pop of bright color and juiciness here, but any of your favorite pasta-salad veggies, like blanched broccoli and fresh bell peppers, would be delicious too.
By Adam Dolge

Mediterranean Broccoli Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 5
We've loaded this healthy pasta salad with vegetables and flavors of the Mediterranean. Sun-dried tomatoes and a touch of lemon zest jazz up the dressing, while tender-crisp broccoli florets cook alongside the pasta, making assembly (and cleanup!) a breeze.
By Karen Rankin

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2
You might not think to use hummus as a pasta sauce, but the creamy dip makes the perfect backdrop to the bold flavors of this healthy Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Tex-Mex Pasta Salad

A light and creamy green-salsa dressing highlights this easy pasta salad with Southwestern flavors.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Couscous & Chickpea Salad

Cooked couscous and canned chickpeas come together in this quick lunch salad. The basil vinaigrette makes it taste anything but basic! When in season, we recommend adding fresh chopped tomatoes for a spin on tabbouleh.
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By Katie Webster

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 2
Pasta salad is a classic summer side dish, but adding protein (leftover grilled chicken is perfect here) and extra greens makes it a super-satisfying lunch. We use baby spinach, but arugula or baby kale works too. Top with a bright and tangy basil vinaigrette just before serving. The great news is that these easy meal-prep lunches take just 20 minutes to prepare--that's 4 days of lunches in less than 30 minutes.
By Carolyn A Hodges, RD

Cucumber Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2
This light and tangy cucumber pasta salad is fresh and bright. The orecchiette pasta holds the dressing for flavor in every bite, but you can use another small pasta shape if you like. This easy salad is perfect for a warm day or to serve as a lunch dish for company! For a fruitier flavor, try apple-cider vinegar in place of white distilled vinegar.
By Sarah Epperson

Pesto Pasta Salad

Rating: 4 stars 2
A creamy pesto sauce turns this simple pasta salad into a delightful dinner. Adding broccoli to the pasta cooking water just before the pasta is done is a convenient way to briefly cook it so that it turns a vivid shade of green and softens slightly.
By Carolyn Casner

Easy Tomato & Balsamic Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad is packed with fresh flavor from tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. It takes just 10 minutes to make and while you could eat it right away, it tastes even better the longer it sits, so plan to leave at least an hour of marinating time before serving. Make a batch to have for lunch this week, serve it alongside a healthy protein source for dinner or bring it to your next potluck.
By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Tortellini Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
A tomato-rich dressing boosts the flavor and lowers calories and fat in this tortellini salad (the dressing is also great on green salads or grilled fish). Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes add a good dose of vitamins A, C and fiber.
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Inspiration and Ideas

9 Vegetarian Pasta Salads Ready in 25 Minutes
Make a healthy, delicious vegetarian pasta salad with these easy recipes. These recipes come together in 25 minutes or less and you'll have a filling and tasty meal. Pasta salad can be a main or side dish and these recipes are full of fresh vegetables. Recipes like Pesto Pasta Salad and Greek Tortellini Salad are nutritious, bright and perfect for any meal.
17 Creamy Pasta Salad Recipes
These creamy pasta salad recipes are the perfect addition to any picnic or potluck. We use a combination of mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or avocado to create a creamy dressing for these pasta salads. Recipes like Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad and Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing are delicious, bold and a great side dish.
Ensalada de Coditos Dominicana (Dominican Macaroni Salad)

A colorful and hearty summer salad, ensalada de coditos can be customized with ingredients like peas, tuna or ham. This vegetarian version features raw vegetables for added flavor and crunch, and makes for the perfect side to your main dish.