Strawberry Poppyseed Pasta Salad Recipe

This Strawberry Poppyseed Pasta Salad is so easy to make, and full of amazing fruity and savory flavor. Makes the perfect side dish, for any occasion.

We celebrated my son’s second birthday last week by having the whole family over for a barbecue.  I told my husband I was going to make a pasta salad with fruit in it and he thought it sounded pretty terrible.

After he tried a few bites of this pasta salad, he was whistling a different tune.

This Strawberry Poppyseed Pasta salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It is so easy to make and full of amazing flavor.

It only takes a few minutes to throw together and is great for potlucks, a light lunch, side dish, bbq’s, a snack, or really just any time. We love this salad, more than our regular pasta salad, which is really saying something.

sneak in some vegetables:

I love salads like these, because it is so easy to sneak in a few other vegetables without my kids noticing.

For this recipe, the salad dressing kind of seeps into everything, so you can’t really taste any of the veggies, but you do get the crunch that it gives.

I highly recommend trying it out. Here are a few vegetables that we like to add in:

  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • zucchini
  • carrot shreds
  • broccoli bits (finely chopped broccoli. I don’t add a lot, but I do love the taste of it, in this salad).

Related recipe: Love poppyseed as much as we do? You’ll love our Ham and Swiss Poppyseed Sliders, too!

how far in advance can i make this salad?

The thing I love about this salad, is that it gets better with time. It is so easy to make, and has the best flavor to it.

You can easily make it 24-30 hours in advance, and it would still taste delicious. We don’t really recommend making it more than 24 hours in advance, for the best serving.

It is best when it sits overnight or all day, and served that evening.

It will still be good for about three days after, if you have leftovers, but we recommend serving within 24 hours.

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Serves: 10

Strawberry Poppyseed Pasta Salad Recipe

This pasta salad is so delicious and makes enough to feed a crowd!

1 hr, 15 Prep Time

10 minCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounces) package bowtie pasta
  • 3/4 cup creamy poppyseed dressing
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)


  1. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain and set aside until cool.
  2. Mix poppyseed dressing and mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl. Add in cooled pasta and onions and mix gently until evenly coated.
  3. Fold in oranges and sliced strawberries.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.


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4 Responses to “Strawberry Poppyseed Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. Sister Sami
    Love this recipe! So simple to make and a real crowd pleaser. I have made it every weekend for pool parties over the last 3 weeks and it disappears quickly everytime. The only thing I did differently was cut out the onion (personal preference) and added chopped green pepper instead.

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