Pasta Salads That Go Beyond Mayonnaise

By: Alyse Whitney
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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese, as seen on Food Network’s Everyday Italian FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER/FATHERSDAY Show Name: Everyday Italian

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It's time to reinvent the pasta salad. Use your noodle to think outside the mayonnaise bottle for your next picnic, with interesting flavor combinations like Giada De Laurentiis' orecchiette with mixed greens and goat cheese (pictured above) and zesty green-onion dressing tossed with bowtie pasta.

Check out four more of our favorite pasta salad recipes below — only one of which uses mayonnaise for creaminess — and get more camping recipes and picnic ideas here.

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Toasted coconut adds a touch of sweetness to the tangy green-onion vinaigrette in Roger Mooking's bowtie pasta salad.

Giada's take on the classic Italian salad has peppery arugula, salty ricotta salata and sweet-and-tart dried cherries.

Hosts Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's dish, Macaroni Icebox Salad with Creamy Red Wine Vinaigrette, for their Spring Picnic, as seen on Cooking Channel’s Tori & Dean Specials, Tori & Dean’s Spring Picnic.

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This Instagram-worthy salad layers up broccolini, ham, celery, bell peppers, iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese, but feel free to throw in any of your favorite ingredients.

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Nigella Lawson uses cured mortadella for a more upscale version of a ham pasta salad. It can be tossed together in 15 minutes with a mustard-Parmesan vinaigrette.

More pasta salads from our friends:
Homemade Delish: Spring Orzo Salad

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chicken Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

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