Pasta Salad Recipes and Potato Salad Recipes

Global influences enliven these pasta and potato salads

Come spring, we love side dishes that are cool and refreshing. That's easy with vegetable dishes, but can be harder with starches. Our solution? Pasta salad and potato salad. We aren't satisfied with just your basic mayonnaise-based dish, either—we look to cuisines from across the world, from Northern Europe to the the Middle East to East Asia. We've rounded up our favorite pasta and potato salad recipes.

For a classic American potato salad, look to Jude's Perfect Potato Salad. This creamy salad is made with mayonnaise and hard-boiled eggs and given a zesty kick from Dijon mustard. Want to avoid the mayo? Try dressing grilled red potatoes with an herb vinaigrette.

Crossing the Atlantic to Europe reveals more delicious dishes. German potato salad is a continental classic. Our version features boiled waxy potatoes, bacon, raw onions, and a dressing made of vinegar and bacon fat. Or try a Swedish potato salad with dill and sautéed kohlrabi.

Light, bright pasta salads make great sides. Try tossing orecchiette with rapini and goat cheese and dressing it with extra virgin olive oil. Or make our Greek pasta salad—rotini tossed with briny feta and fresh cucumber and tomatoes.

Pasta salad doesn't have to be limited to European ingredients. Our Moroccan pasta salad is made of couscous and flavored with olive, lemon, and cinnamon. Heading east, try our soba noodle salad. The buckwheat noodles are tossed with crunchy vegetables and dressed with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce.

Find all these dishes and more in our collection of pasta and potato salads.

Potato Salad Hot Dog

Potato Salad Hot Dog
You've probably gone to a barbecue where you've eaten both potato salad and hot dogs—just not together. That changes now. Get the recipe for Potato Salad Hot Dog »Farideh Sadeghin

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad
Tangy feta and crunchy veggies get extra body from rotini in this classic Greek-inspired pasta salad. Get the recipe for Greek Pasta Salad »Maxime Iattoni

Curried Potato Salad

Curried Potato Salad
Subarna Bhattachan, a Nepalese chef living in Lawrence, Kansas, folds a purée of cool yogurt, nutty tahini, and spicy red chiles into his fragrant take on potato salad. Get the recipe for Curried Potato Salad »James Oseland

Jude's Perfect Potato Salad

Jude's Perfect Potato Salad
A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad. Get the recipe for Jude's Perfect Potato Salad »James Oseland

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad
Roasted sweet potatoes are married with candied ginger in a citrus vinaigrette in a salad recipe from Kansas home cook Sue Ashline. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Salad »James Oseland

Kohlrabi Potato Salad (Potatissallad med Kålrabbi och Dill)

Kohlrabi Potato Salad (Potatissallad med Kålrabbi och Dill)
Dill-and-new-potato salad is an iconic summer food in Sweden. In this version, sautéed kohlrabi, fresh dill, and boiled potatoes are warmed in melted butter to make a simple side dish that's perfect for picnics and backyard barbecues. Get the recipe for Kohlrabi Potato Salad (Potatissallad med Kålrabbi och Dill) »Felix Odell

Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad

Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad
Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad »Gemma and Andrew Ingalls

Moroccan Pasta Salad

Moroccan Pasta Salad
The flavors of a richly spiced Moroccan tagine come together in this pasta salad, savory and bright with olive, lemon, and cinnamon. Get the recipe for Moroccan Pasta Salad »Maxime Iattoni

Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots

Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots
Roasting potatoes for potato salad, rather than boiling them, lends a caramelized sweetness that's offset by a tangy dressing of sour cream, mustard, and shallots. Get the recipe for Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots »Helen Rosner

Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion

Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion
This cool, creamy, classic potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion. Get the recipe for Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion »Helen Rosner

Danish Smoked Herring, Beet, and Potato Salad (Sildesalat)

Danish Smoked Herring, Beet, and Potato Salad (Sildesalat)
Danish smoked herring, beet, and potato salad is terrific on whole wheat. Get the recipe for Danish Smoked Herring, Beet, and Potato Salad (Sildesalat) »Michael Kraus

Trenette al Pesto

Trenette al Pesto
In this classic Genoese dish, fettuccine pasta is combined with string beans, baby red potatoes, and tossed with basil pesto. Get the recipe for Trenette al Pesto »Todd Coleman

Warm Red Potato Salad

Warm Red Potato Salad
Tender grilled red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad. Get the recipe for Warm Red Potato Salad »Laura Sant

Moroccan Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad
Bright and aromatic with plenty of fresh parsley, this potato salad is definitive of Moroccan cuisine. Get the recipe for Moroccan Potato Salad »Helen Rosner

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad
Just a few simple ingredients come together for a delightfully punchy, vinegary potato salad that's perfect with any barbecue spread. Get the recipe for German Potato Salad »Helen Rosner

Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese

Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese
Slightly bitter rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) marries well with tangy goat cheese in a pasta recipe that's ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Get the recipe for Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese »André Baranowski

Prejean's Potato Salad

Prejean's Potato Salad
If you order one of the spectacular gumbos served at Prejean's restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, the wait staff will likely ask: "Would you like potato salad with that?" The version they serve isn't simply meant to be a side; here, it is common for diners to stir the salad right into the gumbo. Doing so cools the gumbo down to room temperature and adds a creaminess that's akin to melting ice cream. Get the recipe for Prejean's Potato Salad »Chris Granger

Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Soba Salad
Instead of the cookout-classic pasta salad, serve this refreshing Asian noodle dish zipped up with crunchy vegetables. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu »Drew Anthony Smith

Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad

Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad
Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don't absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise. Get the recipe for Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad »Marcus Nilsson

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise
"This recipe came about when I had a fat bunch of chives threatening to wilt in my fridge. Our test kitchen director, Farideh Sadeghin, suggested I make chive oil, and then chive mayonnaise; I had some teeny-tiny fingerlings from the farmers market sitting on my counter, and a salad was born. —Marian Bull Get the recipe for Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise »Matt Taylor-Gross