Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Light and fresh, enjoy this cold spaghetti salad. Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe is a spaghetti salad with fresh veggies and Italian dressing. Watch the video!

Using your favorite pasta and Parmesan cheese, add either salami or pepperoni for this cold, Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe, great for any potluck! You may have also tried my Potluck Spaghetti Tuna Salad Recipe or Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe.

Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Friends, we’ve been trying to get together with some good friends from out of town.

It’s hard to get a date on the calendar sometimes, and it takes work and intention to make it happen.

On the menu? This Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

How do you make Cold Spaghetti Salad

Pairing well with any barbecue, this cold spaghetti salad is perfect to serve with this pepperoncini steak.

What goes in a spaghetti salad?

This a a spaghetti salad recipe with Italian dressing, and other fresh garden ingredients. Everyone loves it.

These are our favorite ingredients that go into a spaghetti salad:

  • Pasta – use spaghetti
  • Veggies – green pepper, red pepper, cucumbers, red onion, cherry tomatoes – add your favorites!
  • Meat – salami or pepperoni
  • Black olives & delicious cheese!
  • Your favorite dressing – YUM!

Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Our son asked, are you going to go to your favorite restaurant, mom?

I said, no way. It’s way more authentic in our home, easy, less-expensive, and … I love this plaque.

Stay awhile.

People feel more inclined to sit back, relax, and …stay awhile when we make a home-cooked meal.

[You can buy a similar wall hanging, here.]

Double the recipe

Here’s what I love about summer cooking: COOK EXTRA.

Eating at home on a regular basis doesn’t mean you need to cook every night.

How do you make Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing?

For the best flavor, it’s optional to make this salad the night before!

So light, fresh, and made with fresh garden veggies.

I buy DeLallo’s Italian dressing–the flavor is so amazing. But you can buy your favorite dressing (or make it).

You can even add the dressing right before serving.

Spaghetti Salad Recipe

This time we used gluten-free pasta for our friend Ashley, who has celiac’s. It was super good! Normally we use a whole grain pasta though.

Cook in salted water (no oil), and rinse and cool!

Super yummy served as leftovers!

Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Set the table

Set the table (I’m a daisy lover, are you?), heat up the grill, serve a few side salads, and you’ll have the BEST summer barbecue! (Gray plates from Target, napkins from IKEA, chargers from Simon Pearce, tablecloth from IKEA).

And don’t forget to tell your guests … Stay Awhile!

Happy Hosting!

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Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spaghetti salad, summer salad
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package 16 ounces thin spaghetti, halved (we buy DeLallo)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • 1 cup 5 oz thin salami slices, cut into small pieces (or pepperoni)
  • 1 medium green pepper diced
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle 8 ounces Italian salad dressing (we buy DeLallo brand)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions, usually 1 minute less in time (el dente); drain and rinse. Add a drizzle of olive oil so pasta does not stick together. Refrigerate until cool. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. 
  • Place in a large bowl; add tomatoes, cucumber, salami, pepper, red onion, and olives.
  • Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salad and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan cheese; gently stir together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours; serve!

Video

Notes

Originally posted JULY 2017

We love these clear glass serving / mixing bowls!

More summer salads: Easy Pad Thai Salad, BEST Potato Salad, Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Salad, Avocado Pasta Salad, and Cowboy Pasta Salad.

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39 comments on “Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe”

  1. I make similar pasta salad and we absolutely love it! It’s great for entertaining at home!

  2. You mentioned a gluten free pasta…. do you remember which one you used? Thanks!

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