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Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

This attractive, fresh-tasting spaghetti salad can conveniently be made the night before. It makes enough for a crowd! —Lucia Johnson, Massena, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) thin spaghetti, halved
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, halved, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber and peppers.
  • Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Spaghetti Salad Tips

How long does spaghetti salad last?

This salad will last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. (For more details, check out our guide to how long food lasts in the fridge!)

What goes good with cold pasta salad?

This salad goes great with grilled recipes like chicken, kabobs or hamburgers!

Can you make cold pasta salad the night before?

Yes! This recipe calls for refrigerating it for at least 2 hours, but allowing it to sit overnight will allow more flavors to develop. (For more ideas, check out these other quick pasta salad recipes.)

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 158 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Queenlalisa
    Mar 8, 2020

    This is a very good side dish. I made it for a bbq. Everyone loved it.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 30, 2017

    We fixed this for a family reunion and everyone loved it. It has such a fresh taste!!

  • monaleishasmile
    Jun 6, 2017

    Absolutely incredible taste everyone loves it!

  • Rauenberg
    Oct 12, 2014

    I make this salad too but use spiral noodles instead of spaghetti.

  • bamma2
    Aug 1, 2013

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  • Flwrgirl78
    Jul 12, 2012

    I have made this salad for years! It's great for a summer potluck as it makes lots & is so refreshing& zingy!

  • lightning93
    Mar 29, 2011

    Even my picky eater loved this one!

  • kjtlf
    Nov 18, 2010

    My husband and I have a catering company and this is the recipe I always go to when they choose an italian pasta salad. I absolutely love this recipe and so do our customers

  • mcbryde
    May 2, 2010

    This a great side for a barbecue or potluck-makes a huge batch

  • Muszik
    Mar 31, 2008

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