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Italian Garden Salad Recipe
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Italian Garden Salad Recipe

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This recipe is a great way to use the vegetables my husband raises on our farm. It's always well received and is perfect for summer picnics, office luncheons or a light dinner. Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 cup cut fresh green beans
  • DRESSING:
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 4 ounces Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 369 calories, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 432 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding the green beans during the last 4 minutes of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Add the chicken, pepper, Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and onion.
  3. Drain spaghetti and beans; rinse in cold water. Add to the other ingredients and toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Italian Garden Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2009, p19

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 369 calories, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 432 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

Wonderful taste, easy to make. I make the day before and let it sit to get more flavor. Made this a second time and used elbow noodles and different cheese and added different stuff, still turned out wonderful

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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

Excellent salad! A hit with the group I made it for! I used whole wheat spaghetti-delicious-and will break the spaghetti in half before cooking next time to make it a little easier to serve. I'll be looking for reduced fat cheese to help cut the fat a little, but this is a great fresh-tasting salad!

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

This is just plain delicious and easy to do. I'm just a husband and even I can do it! -Dennis from Richmond

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