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Cold Spaghetti Salad

Cold spaghetti salad is quick and easy to make. It’s the perfect dish for feeding a crowd! Boasting a variety of crisp garden veggies, this pasta salad is packed with beautiful colors, flavors and textures. Delicious spaghetti salad is ideal for picnics, potlucks, and summer entertaining.

Cold Spaghetti Salad in a clear bowl.

INGREDIENTS FOR COLD SPAGHETTI SALAD

These are the ingredients for this easy pasta salad recipe:

  • Thin spaghetti
  • Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onions
  • Fresh parsley
  • Black olives
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Homemade Italian dressing

Pasta for spaghetti salad.

HOW TO MAKE PASTA SALAD

These are the simple instructions for making pasta salad:

  1. Prepare a pasta pot with heavily salted water.
  2. Boil spaghetti al dente according to package instructions.
  3. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  4. Toss the spaghetti with olive oil.
  5. To cool the pasta, spread it in an even layer on a baking tray. This is how professional food stylists prep pasta for food photography!

Spaghetti Salad Ingredients

PASTA SALAD RECIPE

How to make pasta salad step by step:

  1. Slice red onions in thin strips.
  2. Cut grape tomatoes and black olives in half.
  3. Slice zucchini into rounds. Slice the rounds into fourths.
  4. Chop the bell peppers and parsley.

Homemade Italian dressing for pasta salad.

HOW DO YOU MAKE ITALIAN DRESSING?

For this pasta salad recipe you can use a bottle of Italian dressing, or use my quick homemade salad dressing recipe. Here’s how to make Italian dressing from scratch:

5-MINUTE RECIPE: ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING

Spaghetti Pasta Salad in a bowl with a fork.

SPAGHETTI SALAD RECIPE

Here’s how to complete this easy pasta salad recipe:

  1. Add the cooled pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the veggies, Parmesan cheese, and parsley to the bowl.
  3. Fold them into the spaghetti.
  4. Drizzle the Italian dressing over the top of the spaghetti salad.
  5. Toss the pasta salad.  Add more salt and pepper, if desired. To brighten the flavor of your spaghetti salad,  sprinkle red wine vinegar on top and mix it in.

 

HOW TO GARNISH COLD SPAGHETTI SALAD

For a spectacular-looking pasta salad, add beautiful garnishes!

  1. Garnish spaghetti salad with additional freshly-ground black pepper and more Parmesan cheese. You can never add too much cheese!
  2. Place a beautiful sprig of parsley leaves in the middle.
  3. Your delicious pasta salad is ready to serve and enjoy!

Pasta Salad in a serving bowl.

EXPERT TIPS FOR ITALIAN PASTA SALAD

  • Boil spaghetti for pasta salad in heavily salted water. The water should taste like the ocean! Cold pasta recipes taste much different than hot pasta dishes. Salt gives cold spaghetti salad a fabulous boost of flavor!
  • When prepping pasta salad in advance, boil the pasta just beyond al dente. This will help the noodles stay soft and keep their great texture. Cover and refrigerate pasta salad until serving time.
  • Add Italian dressing to spaghetti salad while it’s still warm. The noodles will absorb more of the beautiful flavor!

Cold spaghetti salad in a serving bowl.

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KITCHEN TOOLS FOR PASTA SALAD

These handy kitchen tools are perfect for making this easy pasta salad!

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Cold Spaghetti Salad

Cold Spaghetti Salad


Description

Cold spaghetti salad is a quick easy dish you can make in a flash! This yummy pasta salad is perfect for feeding a crowd. Its crisp colorful veggies make it super festive! This spaghetti salad recipe is the ideal choice for picnics, potlucks and parties.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 1 6-ounce can black olives, sliced
  • 12 ounces grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped or minced
  • 1 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnishing)
  • 1 + 1/2 cups store-bought or homemade Italian dressing, cold (refrigerated)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta in heavily salted water until it’s al dente. Drain the spaghetti in a colander. Do not rinse it under cold water. Instead, drizzle olive oil over the noodles. Toss the spaghetti, and then spread it in an even layer on a cookie sheet to cool. This is a food styling trick that keeps your pasta looking picture perfect!
  2. Transfer the cooled pasta to a large mixing bowl. Add the veggies and parsley and mix well. Add the Parmesan cheese and the cold Italian dressing and fold them in. Do a taste test and add salt and pepper as needed. If your salad needs just a touch of brightening, you can sprinkle a bit of red wine vinegar on top and mix it in.
  3. Garnish your spaghetti salad with a couple more twists of freshly-ground black pepper, more grated Parmesan cheese, and a lovely fresh sprig of Parsley. Your delicious summer salad is ready to enjoy!

Notes

EXPERT TIPS FOR ITALIAN PASTA SALAD

  • Boil spaghetti for pasta salad in heavily salted water. The water should taste like the ocean! Cold pasta recipes taste much different than hot pasta dishes. Salt gives cold spaghetti salad a fabulous boost of flavor!
  • When prepping pasta salad in advance, boil the pasta just beyond al dente. This will help the noodles stay soft and keep their great texture. Cover and refrigerate pasta salad until serving time.
  • Add Italian dressing to spaghetti salad while it’s still warm. The noodles will absorb more of the beautiful flavor!
  • Category: Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Potluck
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Keywords: spaghetti salad, cold spaghetti salad, spaghetti salad recipe

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Spaghetti salad garnished with fresh parsley.


SUMMER SALADS

If you enjoyed this delicious pasta salad, you’ll want to make these salads too!

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CLASSIC MACARONI SALAD is a scrumptious picnic favorite that is perfect for summertime enjoyment!

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Yummy TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD with agave-lime dressing is an easy healthy recipe that will have your family coming back for seconds!

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  2. This was the perfect spin on pasta salad for an outdoor BBQ I hosted last weekend! Thanks for the awesome recipe Denay!

  3. This cold spaghetti salad looks delicious, the perfect meal for a hot summer day, will definitely have to try!

    ~xo Sheree

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