Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cold Spaghetti Salad

Do you need something for a picnic or potluck? Or maybe you don't want to mess with a side dish on a hot, summer day. Don't forget about Cold Spaghetti Salad! (Do I sound like a commercial yet?) It goes great with burgers, steak, chicken, even all by itself. If you look online, you'll find that there are a ton of ways to make it. This is how I usually make mine, give or take, depending what I have on hand ...


1 package spaghetti noodles
cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 can small black olives
1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 jar zesty Italian dressing

All I do for mine is cook the noodles as directed. Then I add the veggies and pour in the dressing. Mix until everything is well coated. You can use green bell peppers or yellow and red to add more color, if you like. I try to chill it overnight for best results. Looking at the recipes online, everyone makes it a different way, from marinating the veggies alone or using cucumbers instead of zucchini. The best part about it is that anything goes -- put in what you like and you have a great side dish.

Dang ... now I'm hungry!


  1. I make something very similar. I add feta and a little olive oil, but no salad dressing.

  2. Oh, I do a version of this too, but i use penne pasta instead. Thanks for posting, I may have to make this soon!

  3. Have copied down the recipe. Thanks! :o)

  4. You make it sound delicious already! Shall remember to make it. Thanks.

  5. Sounds delicious! I'll have to remember this one. I love salad of any kind. :o)

  6. Mmmm... always looking for a good recipe.