Our Italian spaghetti salad recipe (sometimes called California spaghetti salad or simply spaghetti pasta salad) is full of delicious flavor! Here is an essential recipe for summer potlucks!
Spaghetti salad recipe
I swear, there's something satisfying about being able to spin spaghetti noodles around your fork. It just beats spear rotini or bow tie pasta, right? Three cheers for spaghetti noodles, and three cheers for this absolutely amazing cold Italian spaghetti pasta salad recipe.
Italian pasta salad with spaghetti noodles
There are so many different ways to prepare this classic potluck recipe. You can really get creative with the fresh vegetables you choose, but trust me when it comes to the dressing for this Italian pasta salad. My wardrobe is perfect if I say it myself.
Whatever you do, don't skip the McCormick’s Salad Supreme. It adds a special little kick.
With so many vacations and events during the summer, I end up making this recipe at least half a dozen times.
I love it because it's an easy-to-prepare pasta salad recipe that stays in the fridge overnight.
Honestly, like many good pasta salads, it probably tastes even better on the second day. Letting the pasta salad sit in the fridge allows the Italian dressing to get into the spaghetti noodles.
In other words, a little time in the fridge can mean a lot of flavor in this spaghetti pasta salad!
Oh, and I'm not just saving this dish for Memorial Day or July 4th. I love to prepare this pasta salad to keep in the fridge for a few days as an accompaniment for summer grills on weekdays.
Grills are great for busy weekday evenings when you don't really want to cook. Just throw burgers, chicken or steak on the grill, then take out my big bowl of spaghetti pasta salad. It is the perfect combination for summer dinner.
How to make a cold spaghetti salad
Ready to whip up a large bowl of my tasty Italian spaghetti salad? Awesome! Just make sure you have these ingredients on hand.
1 lb fine spaghetti, cut into thirds1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian dressing2 tablespoons of McCormick's ultimate salad dressing (a little obsessed with this stuff)½ cup grated parmesan1 (10-ounce package) cherry tomatoes, halved1 red pepper, diced½ red onion, diced1 English cucumber, sliced and quartered2 cans (2.5 ounces) sliced black olives1 cup mini pepperoni (these are so cute!)
Then you will just want to follow these simple instructions!
Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the al dente box. Drain, rinse with cold water. Once completely cooled, transfer the spaghetti to a large bowl. Add the Italian dressing, the Supreme Salad and the Parmesan cheese, stir until they are evenly distributed. Add the tomatoes, red pepper, onion, cucumber, black olives and pepperoni. Mix until all the ingredients are coated. "Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Looking for an easy and tasty summer dessert recipe without cooking? Look no further than my delicious no-bake pink lemonade pie or this simple peanut butter pie.
Easy pasta salad recipes
1 lb fine spaghetti, cut into thirds
1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian dressing
2 tablespoons of McCormick salad dressing
½ cup grated parmesan
1 (10-ounce package) cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red pepper, diced
½ red onion, diced
1 English cucumber, sliced and quartered
2 cans (2.5 ounces) sliced black olives
1 cup mini pepperoni
Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the al dente box. Drain, rinse with cold water.
Once completely cooled, transfer the spaghetti to a large bowl. Add the Italian dressing, the Supreme Salad and the Parmesan cheese, stir until they are evenly distributed.
Add the tomatoes, red pepper, onion, cucumber, black olives and pepperoni. Mix until all the ingredients are coated.
Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Quantity per serving:
calories: 220 Total fat: 11g Saturated fat: 4g Trans fat: 0g Unsaturated fats: 6g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 458 mg Carbohydrates: 22g Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Sugar alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g