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Easy Spaghetti Salad

This Easy Spaghetti Salad is served cold with cooked pasta, veggies, and drizzled in Italian dressing. This is a great side dish for a weeknight meal or when you need to serve a crowd for a cookout or BBQ.

spaghetti salad in a white bowl with tomatoes and olivess

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I love a great pasta salad! I also love to whip them up whenever I have leftover spaghetti. It’s quick and convenient and helps with food waste.

My mom has made this recipe for years for most holidays! It’s a great addition to any meal spread.

chopped ham, cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, and red onions in separate bowls

Key Ingredients

  • Red Peppers
  • Green Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Onions
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Dressing
  • Cucumbers
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Cubed Ham (Optional, but I love it!)
Italian dressing, Parmesan cheese, olives, and tomatoes in separate bowls

What Type of Pasta To Use

You can use whatever you like. I use spaghetti. Something like penne or linguine will also work. If you are looking for low carb, check out my Keto Low Carb Pasta Salad.

uncooked spaghetti pasta
spaghetti boiling in a pot
cooked spaghetti pasta in a glass bowl

How to Make Spaghetti Salad

  1. Cook the pasta in accordance with the instructions on the package.
  2. Drain and add the pasta to a bowl or serving dish.
  3. Add in red peppers, green peppers, black olives, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and ham. Stir.
  4. Chill.
spaghetti salad and vegetables in a glass bowl

What Type of Salad Dressing to Use

I use Italian dressing here, but you can use whatever you prefer. Greek salad dressings work well and if you want a creamy pasta salad, go for ranch!

spaghetti salad in a glass bowl

How to Make it Vegetarian

Simply omit the ham.

spaghetti salad in a white bowl with tomatoes and olivess

Additional Substitutions and Toppings

  • Chopped Dill Pickles
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Carrots
  • Jalapenos
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Shimp
  • Chicken
  • Pepperoni
a forkful of spaghetti salad

Can You Make it Ahead/How to Store It

This is one that I recommend you plan to make ahead! I like to make this dish the night before because all of the flavor really sinks into the pasta. If you like a wet pasta, then serving immediately after chilling the dish will work best for you.

It will last up to 4 days tightly sealed and in the refrigerator.

a forkful of spaghetti salad

Can You Freeze It

Yes. If you want it to retain the similar texture you will need to freeze it immediately upon preparation. Otherwise, it will be dry. You can bring it back to life by adding more Italian dressing.

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Southern Potato Salad
Southern Macaroni Salad
Instant Pot Potato Salad

Keto Low Carb Cauliflower Potato Salad
Keto Low Carb Broccoli Salad
Keto Low Carb Egg Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

More Cookout and BBQ Recipes

Southern Baked Beans
Air Fryer Ribs
Instant Pot Ribs
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Homemade BBQ Seasoning

Chicken and Avocado Salsa

spaghetti salad in a white bowl with tomatoes and olivess
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Easy Spaghetti Salad

This Easy Spaghetti Salad is served cold with cooked pasta, veggies, and drizzled in Italian dressing. This is a great side dish for a weeknight meal or when you need to serve a crowd for a cookout or BBQ.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cold spaghetti salad, easy pasta salad, spaghetti salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 330kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 1 cup Italian dressing See notes.
  • 1 cup cubed and diced ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion I used red onion.
  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup cherry/grape tomatoes Sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the spaghetti in accordance with the package instructions.
  • Rinse the spaghetti in cold water and pat dry.
  • Add the spaghetti to your serving dish along with the remaining ingredients. Chill for a minimum of 1 hour. 2-3 hours is optimal.

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Notes

  • I’ve always made this dish for a crowd. Feel free to cut the recipe in half. You can cut the recipe in half by using half of the ingredients noted.
  • You can double the recipe by using double the ingredients.
  • If you like a wet pasta salad, then serving immediately after chilling the dish will work best for you. You may find that you need additional dressing. Add additional dressing to suit your taste and texture needs.
  • You can omit the ham to make the dish vegetarian.
  • You can use whatever pasta you like. Anything will work, i.e. penne, linguine, etc.
  • You can use any dressing you wish, Greek salad dressings work well and if you want a creamy pasta salad, go for ranch!
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g
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Recipe Rating




Jennie

Monday 15th of March 2021

This was such a quick and easy dish to make! Perfect for enjoying throughout the week. I used vegetable pasta to get an extra serving of veggie goodness! A must have for any kitchen.

staysnatched

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Cassandra

Monday 15th of March 2021

This pasta salad is so simple and quick to make. I halved the recipe because there was only 3 of us but I’m kicking myself that I didn’t make the whole recipe because I wanted leftovers! Delicious!

staysnatched

Monday 15th of March 2021

It's addictive for sure!