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California Spaghetti Salad

California Spaghetti Salad


California Spaghetti Salad

California Spaghetti Salad


California Spaghetti Salad is a refreshing take on the classic pasta salad, where the abundance of fresh vegetables takes center stage, making the pasta a delicious complement. This dish pays homage to the freshness of the garden, combining a rainbow of vegetables with the unique selection of spaghetti, all coated in a hearty Italian dressing. It’s a testament to the versatility of pasta salads and their ability to capture the flavors of summer in every bite.

California Spaghetti Salad


1 pound spaghetti, cooked and drained


1 cucumber, diced

2 zucchini, diced

1 green  pepper, diced

1 red  pepper, diced

1 red onion, diced


1 can  black olives, sliced, drained

 For the dressing:

1 bottle Italian dressing

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

 Preparation: Cook

pasta: Prepare  spaghetti according to package i


nstructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool the noodles.Combine the vegetables: In a large  bowl, combine zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and black olives.

Prepare the dressing: In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the Italian dressing, sesame seeds, parmesan cheese, paprika, celery seeds, and garlic powder until well combined.

Assemble the salad: Put the cooled spaghetti in the bowl with the vegetables and olives. Pour the dressing over the spaghetti and vegetables and stir well to coat everything well.

Chill: Cover the salad and let it rest in the refrigerator  for at least 3 hours.This standing time allows the flavors to mix wonderfully.

Serving: Once  the salad has cooled, stir well and then serve  cold as a refreshing side dish.

 Variations and Tips:

You can customize the salad with any vegetables you have on hand. Yellow squash, green onions and celery are great additions or substitutes.

To increase the protein content, consider adding grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad.If you are serving it at a picnic or outdoor event, consider using a cooler to keep the salad cold until ready to eat.


This California spaghetti salad is not only a wonderful way to utilize various vegetables, but it is also a vibrant and nutritious option that is perfect for summer gatherings, picnics or a healthy family meal. Its ability to adapt to available ingredients makes it a reliable recipe for any occasion. Enjoy the crunch and freshness of every bite and let this salad remind you how simple ingredients can become something truly delicious.

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