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


  • 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


  • 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!



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 this recipe and use a whole bottle of Schilling Salad Supreme along with a bottle of Italian dressing. I use good season Italian.  

  2. This Italian Spaghetti Salad is so perfect for summer! I think I might make this for the Fourth of July!

  3. Do you use the classic DeLallo Italian Dressing?

  4. Cannot wait to serve this for my bridge luncheon. Other than a nice crusty bread, any ideas for sides or are they even needed?

  5. YES!!! This salad looks way too good! Such an interesting recipe. My family will love this.

  6. I made this for dinner tonight.  It is delicious!!!!   Thank you for the recipe!

  7. I made this to go along with our New Year’s dinner. I used little Smokey sausages and added cubed cheese, feta cheese, and substituted green onions for the red onions. It was a big hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Hi, I’m a little confused. Here is what you posted:
    “The secret to pasta is you do not rinse it. My mom always rinsed pasta; did yours?

    Cook in salted water (no oil), and rinse.”
    So on the first line you say not to rinse, but on the second line, you say to rinse.
    Which is correct?


  10. How many people does this serve?  It says Yield 2 hours 30 minutes

  11. Loved it ,made it for my sister’s birthday party..but I used a different salad dressing I used a Raspberry vinaigrette dressing was really good.

  12. Just made it.  Tastes great.  I used all the original ingredients and hubby ate it like it was health food.

  13. Absolutely delicious! Where to find the salad dressing?

  14. I’ve been making this for years & my family loves it….my children especially LOVE it!!! When taking to an adult dinner I switch it up & use mini farfalle….as always it’s a hit! The ingredient options with this are endless & never a fail! 

  15. Can you use cooked spaghetti squash in place of the pasta?

  16. Excellent recipe…Made it many times and had many compliments. I use Ken’s Steak House Italian Dressing.

  17. This is such a cool recipe! I love Italian food, so this would be really cool to try. I really like the idea of making a pasta salad with spaghetti. It is probably a really great dish for the summer! I will have to give it a try.

  18. Can this be refrigerated over night and still be good?

  19. This salad is so good. I also add summer sausage, pepperoni, quite a few different things and always good. It’s one of those try it you’ll like it.

  20. Help, I must be slow.  Does this recipe call for 8 oz. of spaghetti or 16 oz of spaghetti broken in half?  It looks delicious and would like to make it for a lunch with friends this week.


  21. Made this for my son’s birthday party on Saturday and everyone love it. I did not add salami and it tasted great. I will definitely use Italian spaghetti salad receipt again!!

  22. Is there any substitute for the salami? Just don’t care for that, all other sounds great! Thanks 

  23. This looks good!  Got any nutritional info?

  24. Am looking for the DeLallo brand salad dressing and found two types Sweet Italian and Classic Italian. Does it matter which one is used in this recipe. Never heard of Sweet Italian salad dressing.

  25. Love a good pasta salad…I never thought of using Spaghetti. I love that plaque too. Last saturday my hubby and I were invited to a co-workers house for dinner. It was one of those nights where the food was drawn out and we just visited instead of feeling rushed. we ended up staying about 4 hours. It was nice to get to know them better.

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