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Spaghetti Salad

5 from 14 reviews

This easy spaghetti pasta salad is made with fresh garden veggies and homemade dressing.  It is perfect for  potlucks, family reunions, pool parties and neighborhood shindigs.

Ingredients

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Italian Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Spaghetti Salad

  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles (broken in half)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 yellow (or red) bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoncinis
  • 1/3 cup chopped hard salami
  • 2 tablespoons grated Fresh Parmesan

 

 

Instructions

  1. In small bowl whisk together red wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain well and cool.
  3. In a large bowl toss cooked spaghetti with 2 teaspoons olive oil.  Add cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, onions, pepperoncinis, hard salami and Parmesan Cheese.  Drizzle with the Italian dressing and toss to coat.

Notes

  • Cook the spaghetti al dente and drain well.
  • The Italian Dressing can be made up to 5 days in advance.  Store covered in the fridge.  However remove from the refrigerator about 45 minutes prior to making the spaghetti pasta salad.
  • Chop your vegetables fairly fine so they complement the spaghetti.
  • You can use any colored bell peppers.  They all lend different flavors and sweetness but they all work in this pasta salad.
  • If you don’t like an ingredient substitute something else or omit it.  For instance if you don’t like black olives try capers.  If you don’t like red onion try scallions.  As I always say don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
  • For a vegetarian version simply omit the hard salami.

Keywords: pasta salad, Italian dressing, spaghetti pasta salad, cold spaghetti salad, Italian spaghetti salad, spaghetti salad, summer pasta salad

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