• Spaghetti Salad

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    Spaghetti Salad
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 6 min Servings: 12
    by Salad Foodie
    406 recipes
    Fresh garden veggies are the stand-out in this pasta salad recipe -perfect for summer's garden harvest. Pretty as a picture when served in a clear glass bowl. Use 3/4 cup of your favorite Italian Dressing, or prepare the dressing below. VARIATIONS TO CONSIDER: Use whole grain spaghetti. Add chopped pepperoni and cubed mozzarella cheese. Sub chopped canned artichokes for zucchini. See the chef comments at bottom of page for other great variations ~ yum!


    • ½ pound thin spaghetti
    • 1 bell pepper chopped (red or green, or ½ and ½)
    • ½ red onion chopped (about 2 cups)
    • 2 tomatoes chopped
    • 1 zucchini chopped
    • ½ cup sliced black olives
    • Fresh basil leaves, a good handful (roll and slice in slivers to make about 3/4 cup, or substitute minced flat-leaf parsley)
    • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
    • ITALIAN DRESSING: (Dressing is better if made a day ahead to enhance flavors.)
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons vinegar (cider, balsamic or red wine)
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
    • 3/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon granulated)
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


    1. Break spaghetti noodles in half and cook to al dente stage according to package directions. Drain well; set aside.
    2. In large bowl, measure the bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, zucchini, olives, and sliced basil; add spaghetti noodles.
    3. Shake dressing ingredients together and pour over salad, tossing lightly and coating well.
    4. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours to develop flavors. Toss again to disburse dressing; top with Parmesan cheese and serve.
    5. YIELD: Makes approximately 2 quarts of salad, or about 10-12 servings.

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    • J. Gino Genovesi
      J. Gino Genovesi
      A real winner. Chef J. Gino Genovesi I like Romano cheese
      I tried this using Italian Dressing and mayonnaise. Very tasty.
      • Bobby Lovera
        Bobby Lovera
        Oooh that does look good. Extra garlic and bacon please. :)
        • Wendi Taylor
          Wendi Taylor
          I am thinking an addition of peperoni would really top this off :)


          • ShaleeDP
            Oh I like this idea. I may have to try this soon.. I have friends coming over!
            • judee
              What a great idea for the summer. Everyone loves pasta.. could go for some right now.
              • Salad Foodie
                Salad Foodie
                Claudia, your comment is especially appreciated, as it comes from an Italian food pro. I'm sure you'd have several tweaks in mind plus your special house Italian dressing to make it better, and if so please feel free to add them as variations to that recipe page.
                • Claudia lamascolo
                  Claudia lamascolo
                  a very unique salad I really love it!

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