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25 Easy Potato Salads, slaws and pasta salads You Can Bring To A Party With Pride

Warm weather is here and it’s the season for slaws, potato salads, and pasta salads, and we have 25 of the best. We think they taste even better outdoors, but these are all very versatile. Eat in the kitchen, out on the deck, take to a party, or a picnic! A grilled main protein rounds them out to make a meal. We even have a sweet potato salad you won’t believe! Vegan options, too.

vegan Light & Crunchy Carolina Slaw

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Sometimes you might like a vinegary, light slaw with no mayonnaise or creamy based dressing. This Light & Crunchy Carolina Coleslaw is just that. It is super crunchy and as colorful as a rainbow featuring both green and red cabbages, carrots, green, yellow and red bell peppers with a light dressing of vegetable oil, vinegar, celery seed and a little tarragon, as well as sugar. Get the recipe for Light & Crunchy Carolina Slaw.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Tender noodles (we used rice-based casarecce), feta, cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers. A main dish pasta salad – that happens to be gluten-free – will transport you to the Mediterranean. Get the recipe for Mediterranean Pasta Salad. 

Black Bean Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

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This black bean roasted sweet potato salad recipe is filled with fiber and all things delicious!

Since going 100% plant based, my creative side has really come out in the kitchen. There is something about all these fruits, veggies and beans that feels like a never ending supply of creative juice. Get the recipe.

Eat-The-Rainbow Slaw

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Our Eat-The-Rainbow Slaw combines yellow squash, orange carrot, red pepper, purple cabbage, blueberries and green cabbage and kale. Okay, we know blueberries aren’t as blue as the blue you will see in a real rainbow, but we gave it our best shot AND they add a lovely, slightly sweet, juicy addition. Serve with Poppy Seed Dressing. Get the recipe for Eat-The-Rainbow Slaw.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

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A mash up of classic macaroni salad – with tuna added! Protein and pasta with a creamy dressing. A family favorite. Get the recipe.

Fusilli Pasta Salad with Chickpeas & Feta

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Easy-to-make pasta salad with fusilli, chickpeas, feta, tomatoes, bell peppers, dill, and mint with a mustardy white wine vinaigrette. Get the recipe.

Potato Salad with Hardboiled Eggs

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This is the classic, old-fashioned potato salad found at so many church events and potlucks – potato salad made extra creamy with hard boiled eggs, a tangy yet creamy mayonnaise-based dressing, and a little crunch from celery. The hard-boiled eggs add flavor, texture and extra protein! Click here for the Potato Salad with Hardboiled Eggs recipe.

Potato Salad with Peas & Chives

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I love the combination of tender, waxy red potatoes, peas and lots of chives in a creamy mayonnaise based dressing. Get the recipe for Potato Salad with Peas & Chives.

Potato Salad with Bacon, Chives & Blue Cheese 

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This Potato Salad with Bacon & Chives is one we make again and again. It is so hearty with the inclusion of bacon that it makes a great dish to bring to a potluck. This recipe for Potato Salad with Bacon, Chives & Blue Cheese features russet-style potatoes, which varies from some of our other potato salads that use waxy potatoes, such as our classic Potato Salad with Hardboiled Eggs. Get the recipe for Potato Salad with Bacon, Chives & Blue Cheese. 

Tangy Potato & Egg Salad with Olives & Pickles

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This Tangy Potato & Egg Salad with Olives & Pickles is different from all the rest in that it combines a creamy mayo/sour cream dressing and the vinegary tang of cornichon pickles and black Kalamata olives. Get the recipe for Tangy Potato & Egg Salad with Olives & Pickles.

Apple Slaw Recipe

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Photo credit: Tiffany McCauley.

This delicious apple slaw will liven up any dish you add it to. Think holiday meals, burgers or sliders, and more! Get the recipe.

Potato & Fennel Salad with Cucumber Yogurt Raita

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This Potato & Fennel Salad with Cucumber Yogurt Raita is a bit more complex, but the results are surprising and well-worth the time. Crank up your oven to roast the fennel and potatoes. Grate the cucumber, peel and all, on the largest holes of a box grater. Gather up in several layers of paper towels or a clean tea towel and squeeze firmly over the sink; a lot of liquid will emerge and you want the cucumber shreds as dry as possible. Get the recipe for Potato & Fennel Salad with Cucumber Yogurt Raita

Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins

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A little crunchy, a little creamy, a little sweet and even tangy, this Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins is a nice change from the classic. This Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins is actually very similar to classic creamy, mayonnaise-based coleslaw and you could just leave the raisins out, if you like. But we like that they add sweetness and chewiness that offsets smoky flavors from foods coming off the grill. Get the recipe for Creamy Coleslaw with Raisins.

Easy Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe

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This crunchy napa cabbage slaw recipe is the coleslaw you’ll make ALL summer long! Although, truth be told, I make it all year. It is the perfect side for summer picnics, grilled dinners, and potlucks. Crunchy napa cabbage is studded with blue cheese crumbles and tossed in an easy and flavorful vinaigrette dressing. This easy coleslaw recipe takes just 15 minutes to make and 8 easy ingredients that you probably already have. I can’t wait for you to try this one, I think it’s the best coleslaw recipe and is my go-to salad for so many meals and parties. Get the recipe.

Citrus Slaw with Creamy Grapefruit Dill Dressing

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We love fresh, crunchy cabbage-based slaws, especially during the warmer months. They go so well with all of the grilled dishes we are making, plus, they are economical and portable for picnics and potlucks. Get the recipe for Citrus Slaw with Creamy Grapefruit Dill Dressing.

Macaroni Slaw

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Another one of our super popular “mash-ups”. This time macaroni salad and coleslaw are combined for an all-new side-dish that might become the most requested. Bring this to a summer cookout featuring rice-based elbows and be prepared to be asked for the recipe. Makes a great light main dish lunch, too. Get the Macaroni Slaw recipe.

Asian-Inspired Slaw

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This Asian inspired slaw has a sauce based on toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce and has a tiny bit of heat from chili oil. To make things super simple, we started with a 12-ounce (340 g) bag of slaw mix, which should be a combination of shredded cabbage and carrot. Get the recipe for Asian-Inspired Slaw.

Apple Pear Slaw with Caramel Cider Vinaigrette

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This apple pear slaw with caramel cider vinaigrette is easy and perfect for fall. If you don’t like mayo, this crunchy, sweet, and savory salad is for you! Get the recipe.

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad

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Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad is a light and refreshing side dish, made with orzo pasta, grape tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. This easy orzo pasta salad is so quick to make, perfect to take to a picnic or get-together. Get the recipe.

BBQ Pasta Salad

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A pasta salad for BBQ lovers! Elbow noodles, corn, tomatoes, scallions, chewy BBQ tofu crumbles and a creamy dressing. A fun twist on pasta salad! Get the recipe.

Vegan Lentil Potato Salad

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Light potato salad mixed with lentils and tomatoes…perfect for picnics and BBQs. Get the recipe.

Grilled Corn Poblano and Potato Salad

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Grilled Corn Poblano and Potato Salad with dairy-free basil dressing! A must-make for summer BBQs and potlucks. Vegan and Gluten-Free. Get the recipe.

Warm German Potato Salad

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This authentic warm German Potato Salad recipe showcases perfectly tender sliced potatoes drizzled with a smoky, sweet, tangy bacon dressing and lots of crispy bacon. Get the recipe.

Vegan Potato Salad

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Vegan Potato Salad! If you’re looking for a healthy vegan potato salad recipe this is it. The best vegan potato salad; incredibly creamy without any mayo!

Vegan Potato Salad! If you’re looking for a healthy vegan potato salad recipe this is it. The best vegan potato salad! So creamy without any mayo! Get the recipe.

Arugula, White Bean and Roasted Potato Salad

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This arugula, white bean and roasted potato salad does double duty. A hearty, plant-based main for us and a delicious side-dish for everyone else. Simple to put together and packed with protein and fiber, it’s the perfect dish for any type of gathering. Get the recipe.

Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

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It’s time for asparagus! It is a brief season, so we eat them as often as we can, and now with this roundup of 27 appetizer, soup and main dish recipes you will be endlessly inspired. We have low carb, vegan, 30-minute recipes, gluten-free, grilled, roasted, fancy dishes, easy dishes, and have even thrown in basic grilling instructions. READ: Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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