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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.
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


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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!


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