Favorite Spaghetti Salad


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Spaghetti Salad is a simple pasta salad side dish, perfect for barbecues or grilling out. Tender spaghetti is tossed with juicy ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and peppers and olives, it’s all mixed in our favorite dressing and topped with cheese!

This side salad is packed healthy veggies and overflowing with texture, crunch and tangy flavors. Everyone raves about this dish!

Close up of mixed spaghetti salad in a bowl.

A cold spaghetti salad is also a great way to use leftover spaghetti without having to serve the same dish twice in a row! You can always set some aside when making a Spaghetti Pie or classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.

How to Make Spaghetti Salad

Get out your biggest cutting board and sharpen your chef’s knife, because there’s a bit of chopping and slicing involved in this cold spaghetti pasta salad recipe. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

  1. Cook the spaghetti al dente, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine the pasta with all the sliced and chopped veggies.
  3. Pour on the bottled or homemade greek dressing or Italian dressing, and stir well to coat the noodles.

Top with lots of cheese and some fresh herbs! This dish tastes best if left to refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Making it the perfect salad to make ahead of time!

Tips For a Great Spaghetti Salad

  • To make it easier to spoon up spaghetti salad, it’s perfectly ok to use a butter knife and fork to cut the pasta into pieces in the bowl.
  • For quick slicing cherry or grape tomatoes, place them on a cutting board and place a dinner plate over the tomatoes. Hold the plate with one hand and use your longest and sharpest knife to slice the tomatoes in half horizontally.
  • Prep ahead, like most pasta salad recipes, this recipe is best if it sits for a few hours before serving.

Overhead image of all spaghetti salad ingredients in a bowl before mixing.

How to Make Vinaigrette Dressing

Don’t have any bottled dressing? You can pull together a simple vinaigrette in a flash, and customize the ingredients to your liking too.

Just whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. You can add other ingredients like rosemary, sage, thyme or marjoram, or Dijon mustard according to your preference. If you can, try to make the vinaigrette in advance, to give the flavors a chance to fully develop.

Spaghetti Salad in a bowl with tomatoes, cucumbers and olives with greek dressing being poured over.

What Goes With Spaghetti Salad

Cold spaghetti salad is a tangy side dish that pairs up well with a meaty and savory main. Serve it on the side with pulled pork, barbecued ribs or baked chicken legs for a substantial and tasty meal that will satisfy everyone at the table.

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Review Recipe

Spaghetti Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
This pasta salad is served cold and tossed with Greek dressing and fresh veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 3/4 long english cucumber diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted olives
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese cubed
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
Dressing
  • 1 cup bottled Greek vinaigrette dressing
OR
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

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Instructions

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. Cook spaghetti al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 316, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 96mg, Potassium: 219mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 8.5%, Vitamin C: 12.9%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 4.6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword greek pasta salad, Spaghetti Salad

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Spaghetti Salad in a clear bowl

 

This spaghetti salad recipe is best made ahead and served chilled! This easy make-ahead salad recipe can be made with any leftover pasta you have on hand. Just mix with this fresh greek salad dressing and veggies. #spendwithpennies #spaghettisalad #sidedish #pastasalad #lunch #greeksalad
This spaghetti salad recipe is best made ahead and served chilled! This easy make-ahead salad recipe can be made with any leftover pasta you have on hand. Just mix with this fresh greek salad dressing and veggies. #spendwithpennies #spaghettisalad #sidedish #pastasalad #lunch #greeksalad

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