You can make an easy and delicious Spaghetti Salad recipe and have a great all-in-one meal your family is sure to love. Spaghetti salad is easy and fun, perfect for summer parties and picnics!
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to make way too much spaghetti when cooking for my family. If you have leftover cooked spaghetti this is the best way to use it up.
If you need to cook some specifically for this recipe, that’s okay too. It’s a quick and easy recipe you can throw together to share or for an easy weeknight meal. Pasta salad recipes are easy meals that also double for appetizers and sides for all kinds of gatherings and parties!
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When you are accustomed to cooking for 5 or more people and it changes to 2 or 3 people, it can be hard to readjust your cooking techniques. When I open a 1 lb box of spaghetti, it’s just easier to cook the whole box, instead of worrying about storing the remainder of spaghetti in the box.
If you end up with more pasta than you need it’s no big deal when you have recipes like this one to try! It’s an easy way to use leftovers and spaghetti salad can be used for lunches, a light dinner, snacking, or as a side dish.
Can I make this a gluten free spaghetti salad recipe?
You can absolutely use whatever kind of spaghetti you like. This recipe uses angel hair spaghetti but you can use regular sized spaghetti in a gluten free brand / variety.
There’s a lot of really great gluten free pasta options out there these days so feel free to use your favorite one.
Aside from that the recipe will be naturally gluten free as written. Make sure there’s no sneaky gluten in your chosen Italian dressing and you will be all set to make this an allergy friendly version that everyone can enjoy!
Can I make this pasta salad in advance?
Sure! Everything in this recipe will hold up really well if you have to prep it in advance or if you want to make a batch for lunches throughout the week. It’s a simple recipe that you can prepare on a Sunday and enjoy throughout the week.
It’s actually a kind of great idea to make spaghetti salad a bit in advance because the pasta will have time to really soak up the dressing and the flavors!
This salad is great served slightly warm or chilled so you can’t really go wrong when it comes to making it ahead of time or serving it up as soon as it is cooked.
What do I need to make spaghetti salad for dinner?
This recipe used Italian dressing, cooked spaghetti, pepperoni chunks, cheddar cheese chunks, parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, and black olives. You can absolutely use other stuff in this recipe that you like.
Some things that would make a great addition to this recipe are chopped bell peppers, cooked sausage crumbles, banana pepper rings, etc. Anything you might feel like tossing onto a pizza would go great with this spaghetti salad. Maybe add some mushrooms or some fresh veggies from the garden!
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How to make this easy pasta salad recipe:
The only thing that is easier than making this recipe is eating it! Spaghetti salad is super simple. Once you have your ingredients prepped it is mostly a matter of tossing everything together and potentially giving it a tiny bit of time to chill.
In a large serving bowl, whisk together Italian dressing & Parmesan cheese.
Add pasta, tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni & olives.
In the past I’ve mad this recipe from all leftovers…you can toss together a really easy version of this recipe that is just leftover spaghetti, salad dressing, some Salad Supreme seasoning, and chopped veggies. Simple, frugal, and delicious! What more could you ask for?
This is a great recipe for sharing during the summer and honestly could not be more flexible in terms of flavors, ingredients you can swap in / out, and taste!
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Printable Spaghetti Salad Recipe:
- 16oz Angel Hair Pasta (cooked)
- 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
- 16oz Italian Dressing
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 8oz Cheddar Cheese (cubes)
- 8oz Pepperoni Stick (Sliced)
- 3oz Black Olives
- In a large serving bowl, whisk together Italian dressing & Parmesan cheese.
- Add pasta, tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni & olives.
- Mix well.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 511Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 58mgSodium 1336mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 16g
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