5 Not-Your-Typical Pasta Salad Recipes
Every one of these potluck staples gets better as it sits, tastes great at room temperature—and offers up a little something different.
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The Salad Where Every Forkful Is Perfect
Pasta shape may be one of the most important aspects of the dish in question, but it's one we often gloss right over when we're just grabbing whatever's in the pantry. This rendition, though, is a terrific example of how pasta shape can make or break a salad. It has you use orecchiette, a pasta the size of a thumbprint that's shaped like a cupped hand and perfect for catching the dish's other components—lemon zest, garlic, tomatoes, cannellini beans, chopped hazelnuts and torn mint leaves—so every bite delivers maximum flavor and texture.
Get the recipe: Summer Pasta Salad