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Cold Spaghetti Salad

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Cold Spaghetti Salad


Cold Spaghetti Salad

This chilled spaghetti salad is perfect to share at a picnic, barbeque, or any family gathering. Be prepared for people asking you for this delicious recipe.

Cold Spaghetti Salad

Seasoning for Cold Spaghetti Salad

In addition to salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, my family and I sprinkle Parmesan cheese on our spaghetti salad.

Ingredients for Spaghetti Salad

  • 1 Pound Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Can Black Olives
  • 10 Ounce Container Baby Tomatoes, Cut in Half
  • 1 Cucumber, Diced
  • 1 Avocado, Ripe
  • 2-3 Ounces Pepperoni, Slices
  • 3 Ounces or More Colby Jack Cheese, Diced
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 8 Ounces Wish-Bone Italian Dressing

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

10 min

30 min

4-6 People

Cold Spaghetti Salad


  1. Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside.
  2. Cut baby tomatoes in half.
  3. Peel and slice cucumber.
  4. Drain black olives and cut in half.
  5. Peel and cut ripe avocado into chunks.
  6. Cut Colby Jack cheese into chunks.
  7. Dice a medium onion.
  8. Leave pepperoni slices whole or cut in half.
  9. Place pasta in large mixing bowl.
  10. Add Italian dressing and vegetables to bowl of pasta.
  11. Mix well: pasta, Italian dressing, vegetables, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  12. Put in refrigerator and chill to your liking.
  13. Enjoy the best cold pasta recipe for summer picnics, barbeques, and other family gatherings.

Health Benefits of Vegetables

Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.


  • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)
  • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
  • Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
  • Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
  • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
  • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

Health benefits

  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
  • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
  • Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.


Cold Pasta Salad

According to Wikipedia: Pasta salad (Pasta fredda) is a dish prepared with one or more types of pasta, usually chilled, and most often tossed in a vinegar, oil or mayonnaise-based dressing. It is typically served as an appetizer or a main course. Pasta fredda is often regarded as a spring or summertime meal, but can be served year-round.

Cold Pasta Salad

The great thing about making a cold pasta salad is that you can add your favorite ingredients. There is no right or wrong to this recipe. I love vegetables, so I add many varieties. I also enjoy adding diced cheese to make it more of a main dish. Make this pasta salad your own by using ingredients that your family will eat and enjoy.

Sophia Loren

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

— Sophia Loren

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© 2015 Linda Rogers


Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 18, 2019:

Sara-Wow, what a nice compliment. You made me my day.

SARA from Islamabad on September 17, 2019:

Very delicious salad. Will surely try this one.

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Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 18, 2015:

Hi Victoria Lynn-It is a perfect dish for a potluck-my family just loves this pasta recipe. Thanks for coming by-much appreciated :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 18, 2015:

I love cold pasta salad, but I've never used spaghetti noodles in it. This looks delicious! All the right ingredients. Perfect for summer. Great for a potluck, too!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 18, 2015:

Great to see you Patricia-this recipe is really easy to make and my family absolutely Loves it. Thanks for the votes my friend.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 18, 2015:

This looks so good. I have not had any since 1987!!! That is when my niece brought it to our family reunion...and it was delightful. I must must give it a try.

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Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 09, 2015:

CrisSp-Great to hear you can use this for the potluck coming up. People will love it! Thanks so much for coming by.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 08, 2015:

Perfect! This looks easy and suitable for this weekend's potluck. Will be in the menu for sure.


Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 07, 2015:

Audrey, DzyMsLizzy and Anamika-So glad you all like this cold spaghetti salad recipe. It's so easy and nummy. Thanks for the voted, pins and shares DzyMsLizzy-I am so glad this recipe will be helpful for you and your hubby.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on July 06, 2015:

That looks delicious and easy to make. Never tried it before. Would love to try this! Thanks for the recipe!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 06, 2015:

What a great idea to use up leftover spaghetti! I never even thought of doing something like this.

As a vegetarian, of course I'd omit the pepperoni, but the rest sounds great. In the past, I'd put the rest of the sauce into the spaghetti before putting it in the fridge, but hubby would rather keep them separate, and the quantities don't always come out 'even,' so instead of macaroni salad, I could make spaghetti salad!

Voted up, interesting, useful, shared, starred, and pinned!

Audrey Howitt from California on July 06, 2015:

Well this looks yummy!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2015:

Hi Blossom-you bet you could use gluten free pasta. I hope you give this delicious recipe a try. My family just loves it :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2015:

drbj-I really got a kick out of that quote by Sophia Loren. I just had to put it on this hub. LOL Thanks for coming by my recipe hub on cold spaghetti salad.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2015:

Thanks for the great tip Rochelle-Never heard of that before. Hope you enjoy this cold salad.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2015:

Hi Will-thanks for checking out my cold spaghetti salad. It's super delicious, especially nice in summer months.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2015:

Thanks KK Gal-appreciate your compliment on my photo's :)

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 20, 2015:

This sounds lovely and could just as easily be made with gluten free pasta.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 20, 2015:

I love your easy recipe, Linda, and I love that Sophia Loren quote. Quite a testament to spaghetti!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 20, 2015:

I like pasta in any form. Gotta try this.

One of the great things about it is is can be done ahead. Using pasta instead of lettuce means it won't wilt.

(An easy way to slice the baby tomatoes is to fill a deli container lid with them, put another lid on top and hold it down while you slice between the two lids. Works for grapes, too.)

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 20, 2015:

That actually sounds great!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 20, 2015:

What a wonderful salad. Love your pictures.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Hi Rasma-This is definitely one of my new, all-time favorites; especially in the summer. Hope your spring/summer is going great :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

FlourishAnyway-I think you'll love it too. Thanks for the five stars-much appreciated my friend. Hope your having a good summer so far.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Hi Shauna-I too usually use the rotini noodles but saw this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it out. I really enjoyed the texture of the spaghetti noodles.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Hi Rebecca-hope you and your family will like this recipe. It's great in the warm summer months.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Great to see you LadyE. It is the perfect summer salad. My family loved it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Hi MMP-hope you try this recipe for the summer. It's super delish!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2015:

Hi sis-glad it was a hit for dinner last night. I had a lot of fun making it.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 20, 2015:

This sounds absolutely yummy. Will try it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 20, 2015:

My husband would love this. Voted 5 stars!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 20, 2015:

I love pasta salad. I never though of using spaghetti. I usually make it with tri-colored rotini.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 20, 2015:

Great looking salad for the summer. Different! I will give this a try. Thanks. Pinned!

Elena from London, UK on June 20, 2015:

Looks delicious. Perfect for this time of year.

MyMastiffPuppies on June 19, 2015:

Can't wait to try it! Sounds so delicious!

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on June 19, 2015:

This recipe is delicious. Thanks MT as I ate it and could not stop.

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