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California Pasta Salad Recipe

California Pasta Salad Recipe

Not only does this salad travel well to get-togethers such as picnics or tailgate parties, but people absolutely love it when it gets there. —Jeanette Krembas, Laguna Niguel, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:10-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti or vermicelli, broken into 1-inch pieces, cooked
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cans (2-1/2 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • 1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors. Yield: 10-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 257 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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krystal9
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2017

"I've made this pasta ?? dish twice now an it's a big hit !'"

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ScottsGrace
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"I made this without the olives and added more fresh grated parm. This is a really tasty spaghetti salad. Has a little more flavor than the standard. Also, I found the poppy seeds unnecessary. They didn't add any flavor. I'm going to make this again for the next potluck. easy to double or cut in half."

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Queenlalisa
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"This pasta salad was so fresh tasting. I love make ahead recipes. I made grilled chicken to go with it. Everyone loved it."

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chsmoak
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"Made this exactly as written and took it to a potluck luncheon. It was disappointing to say the least! It was soggy and tasteless. It didn't look particularly appetizing, people took small portions and I sadly noticed a fair amount left on plates to be dumped in the garbage. My usual offerings have always been popular at potlucks. Can't say I was impressed."

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GirishKatta
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2016

"Nice recipe"

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nonapcook
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"I LOVE this pasta salad! and so do all my friends! Someone always asks me for the recipe. I add an extra zucchini because I love it, and used 3 peppers in stead of two (no green ones). I followed the suggestion to use Ken's Italian dressing with Romano cheese and it was delish! Be sure to make it the day before like it says and you will enjoy every bite! I added chicken once and it was excellent!"

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1Heart4Jesus
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"Perfect as it, however I may add a few sliced pepperocinis the next time I make this to add just a bit of zing! Awesome meatless meal too!!"

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my4sweetys
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"really good! you can adjust the salad ingredients to your families tastes. very very versatile!!"

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Great flavor and so easy to make. I didn't have zucchini, so substituted celery in its place. I also upped the garlic just a bit. Perfect salad with our sloppy joes. I could see adding cooked, diced chicken for a main dish salad."

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Elaine24girl
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"I wonder how this would taste if you added baby shrimp?"

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