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Spaghetti Pasta Salad Recipe

Spaghetti Pasta Salad Recipe

My family loves this salad as either a main meal or a side dish. We especially enjoy making it during the hot summer months, using fresh ingredients right out of our garden. It looks terrific with all the different colors!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:15-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced, optional
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian salad dressing

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile in a large salad bowl, add the cheese, pepperoni, ham, green pepper, tomato, onion, cucumber and olives. Add avocado if desired.
  • 2. Rinse pasta with cold water; drain well. Place on top of salad ingredients. Drizzle with salad dressing: toss lightly to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 15-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 147 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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