Easy Spaghetti Pasta Salad

This Easy Spaghetti Pasta Salad recipe is served cold for a delicious light and refreshing side dish at your next barbecue or picnic. The spaghetti makes a great base for the loaded vegetables and cheese which all add layers of colorful texture and flavor. The tangy vinaigrette dressing brings it all together and it takes just 10 minutes to make once your pasta is ready!!

If you enjoy easy salad recipes to bring to potlucks try my Mexican street corn pasta salad, macaroni salad, tuna pasta salad, potato salad and my loaded strawberry and spinach salad.


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Cold Spaghetti pasta salad recipe

The cold spaghetti pasta salad dressing adds its wonderful tangy flavors which really elevates this salad. It tastes as good as it looks!!

I love the added colors and textures of the fresh crisp bell peppers, crunchy English cucumbers and sweet cherry tomatoes that make this salad one to bring to all of your events!!

Overhead image of spaghetti psata salad on a white platter.

This is the perfect salad to serve one a warm day with my easy fried chicken recipe.

Recipe Snapshot

EASY: just 10 minutes of prep time
BRING: popular salad for potlucks or bbq’s
FLAVORS: pasta salad lovers favorite

Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for spaghetti pasta salad dressing.

Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients

  • Avocado Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Honey
  • Dried Dill
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Salad Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for spaghetti pasta salad remaining salad ingredients.
  • Spaghetti – cooked
  • Bell Peppers – 1 orange, 1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper diced
  • English Cucumber – sliced
  • Cherry Tomatoes – quartered
  • Cheddar Cheese – cubed
  • Red Onion – sliced
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated
  • Parsley – finely chopped
Close up image of spaghetti pasta salad with Italian dressing.

Substitutes and variations: Use any pasta of your choice. Make it vegetarian by leaving out the cheese or using vegan cheese. Add in your favorite protein like bacon, grilled chopped chicken, grilled steak or hamburgers. Make it more of an Italian pasta salad by adding in black olives and fresh herbs or pepperoni and cooked ham.

How to make spaghetti pasta salad recipe

Step by step images for how to make spaghetti pasta salad with Italian dressing.

STEP ONE – In a medium-sized bowl add the vinaigrette ingredients. With a whisk or fork whisk until combined. Set aside. 

STEP TWO – Cook the spaghetti according to the directions. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Rinse the spaghetti with cold water until cooled. Drain and transfer the spaghetti to the serving bowl. While the pasta is cooking cut all the vegetables.

STEP THRE E- To the serving bowl add the remainder of the salad ingredients.  

STEP FOUR – Top the salad with the vinaigrette.

STEP FIVE – With tongs toss the salad until everything is incorporated and the salad is coated with the vinaigrette.

Finished dish of spaghetti pasta salad.

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • You can make this pasta salad the day before stored in the fridge and add the dressing an hour before serving
  • While your pasta is cooking prepare your vegetables and dressing
  • Do not overcook your pasta, cook it according to the directions
  • Make sure to rinse your cooked spaghetti until it is cooled
Close up image of spaghetti pasta salad.

Storage instructions

Store the salad using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

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Spaghetti pasta salad in a white bowl.

Easy Spaghetti Pasta Salad


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

This Easy Spaghetti Pasta Salad recipe is served cold for a delicious light and refreshing side dish at your next barbecue or picnic. The spaghetti makes a great base for the loaded vegetables and cheese which all add layers of colorful texture and flavor. The tangy vinaigrette dressing brings it all together and it takes just 10 minutes to make once your pasta is ready!!


Ingredients

1 cup avocado oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Salad Ingredients

1 pound spaghetti, cooked

1 orange bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 English cucumber, sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed

1/2 cup red onion sliced

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated / shredded

1/8 cup parsley, finely chopped


Instructions

In a medium-sized bowl add the vinaigrette ingredients. With a whisk or fork whisk until combined. Set aside. 

Cook the spaghetti according to the directions. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Rinse the spaghetti with cold water until cooled. Drain and transfer the spaghetti to the serving bowl. While the pasta is cooking cut all the vegetables.

To the serving bowl add the remainder of the salad ingredients.  

Top the salad with the vinaigrette.

With tongs toss the salad until everything is incorporated and the salad is coated with the vinaigrette.

Notes

Storage instructions: Store the salad using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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