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Spaghetti Pasta Salad

 Spaghetti Pasta Salad
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!
15-20 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.