I have been craving fresh lately.  I have been so bored with rice, rice and more rice.  I have been dreaming of the ready to eat salad aisle at the American produce section.  And, all those salad dressings…what will I do?  

Since, I am still 3 months away from walking the aisles of Kroger overwhelmed, I thought I would whip up some fresh myself.  I channeled my mom and tried my best  to duplicate her spaghetti salad with what I had on hand.  The results: Delicious!!!  I even texted Kimberlynn to brag.  I made a 2nd batch 3 days later.  

This is simple, healthy and easy to make.  Bonus: My kids LOVE it… anything with spaghetti noodles is in their “will eat” category.  Getting a couple doses of  fresh veggies in ’em is always good, too.


I know the weather is starting to warm up for a few of you. BBQ and picnics are right around the corner.  So, give this recipe a try and don’t be afraid to change it up.  If I had feta cheese available, I would switch out the parmesan for it.  Perfect for your next pot-luck! 

Spaghetti Pasta Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
For the Salad
  1. 250 grams cooked spaghetti noodles
  2. 1.5 cup cucumber, diced
  3. 1.5 cup tomatoes, diced
  4. 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  5. 1/4 cup fresh parsley (can substitute celery leaves but omit celery seed)
  6. 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  7. 1 cup Italian Dressing
  8. 1/4 parmesan cheese
  9. 1/4 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
  10. salt & pepper to taste
Italian Dressing
  1. (adapted from BH&G New Cook Book)
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 1/3 cup vinegar
  4. 3 Tablespoons water
  5. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1 glove garlic, minced
  9. 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. fresh pepper to taste
  1. Boil pasta noodles and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix together Italian Dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Add cooled spaghetti noodles and all other ingredients.
  4. Toss with italian dressing and then parmesan cheese.
  5. Chill until time to serve.
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