California Spaghetti Salad

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You know how much I love spaghetti, well pasta of any kind really and in a salad is perfect for those warm summer days. It’s perfect at a picnic because you don’t have to worry about the mayonnaise. Plus it’s so pretty and full of color. It goes with just about anything and it’s usually the first bowl emptied. But if there’s leftovers then Spaghetti Salad is great for lunch the next day! This salad gets better with time, as the flavors meld together.

I use Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette, but you can use your favorite Italian dressing instead. I put the seasoning that I use on the recipe, but alway season to your taste. I love the little kick from the vinaigrette and the pepperonici’s

Any pasta salad soaks up the dressing as it sits. So before serving mix it up and taste. You may need to add a little more dressing, I know I usually do, so I alway take the bottle with me to a picnic or BBQ to have on hand.

Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad is a perfect salad to take on a picnic or to a BBQ.
4.5 from 6 votes
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1 can olives
  • 1 o oz. container cherub or grape tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup pepperoncini
  • 1 Tbs. Mrs. Dash seasoning salt
  • 1 Tbs. lemon pepper
  • 8 oz. Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Instructions
 

  • Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse in cold water and drain.
  • Set aside and let cool.
  • Cut tomatoes in half
  • Peel and slice cucumber
  • Drain olives and cut in half
  • Peel and grate carrots
  • Peel and cut avocado into chunks
  • Slice pepperoncini
  • Put pasta to large bowl with all your vegetables.
  • Add seanioning and dressing and mix well.
  • Chill for about 2 hours before serving.
Keyword Spaghetti Salad
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7 Comments

  1. Sandra Hopkins

    5 stars
    I add artichoke hearts to mine & I heat in the microwave just to warm it up & the all the flavors come to life. I love this salad. Thank you.

  2. ROSE POSSIEN

    5 stars
    Very Good! Only 2 of us so I cut most ingredients in 1/2. Added 1/2 each chopped green & red pepper, sprinkle of chopped onions, and artichoke hearts to the recipe posted. I also used Zesty Italian dressing instead of the dressing in recipe and left out the Peppercochini’s (sp). Served with grilled Teriyaki Shrimp skewers.

  3. Beverly Krinkie

    5 stars
    I have tried it but I didn’t use some of the ingredients ( I don’t like them). It was still yummy. Thank you for sharing . Bev Krinkie

  4. Donna

    Where do you roasted red pepper vinegarett

  5. Gail

    5 stars
    Definitely delicious.

  6. Chris Reiter

    3 stars
    Donna,think Kraft makes it, I’ve seen it in grocery stores before. But I always buy Zesty Italian dressing for my pasta salads.

  7. JAN

    4 stars
    I’d cut down on the amount of spaghetti by about half. I’d also increase the amount of protein by adding fresh mozzarella cheese. I used small mozzarella cheese balls that had been marinated in olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes and cut them in half. Very good!

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