This Cold Spaghetti Salad Recipe is a fun pasta salad side dish for this summer. Filled with tomatoes, olives, artichokes, cucumbers, onion, salami and parmesan then tossed with a fresh, flavorful homemade Italian dressing.
This post may contain affiliate links. See my Disclosure Policy for more info.
California Spaghetti Pasta Salad
This is more of a California-Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad. It’s got some Italian flavors and a little California flair. . . so Cali-Italian Pasta Salad is what I call it.
This pasta salad is great as a side dish but is even satisfying enough for a main dish. Full of veggies, salami and cheese then tossed with Italian dressing this could definitely be a meal itself.
Plus, it doesn’t get easier than this pasta salad recipe. If you can boil water and cut things you can make this spaghetti salad.
Can This Spaghetti Pasta Salad Be Made With Store Bought Italian Dressing?
Yes! I have included the simple Italian dressing recipe for those that want to make it at home. But there are really tasty Italian dressings available at the grocery store. Buy your favorite dressing and use as much as you like.
I’m all about short cuts and really anything that will make life (and cooking) easier. To save even more time you can use sliced olives and just toss the cherry tomatoes in whole.
How Long Will Pasta Salad Keep In The Refrigerator
Pasta salad will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. However, I always eat pasta salad within 3 days because the pasta tends to absorb moisture from the dressing and ingredients.
Be sure to store pasta salad in an airtight container while in the refrigerator.
Spaghetti Pasta Salad Ingredients (screenshot for grocery list)
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- Black Olives
- Marinated Artichoke Hearts
- Red Onion
- Thin Sliced Salami
- Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Olive Oil
- White Wine Vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- Dried Italian Seasoning
How To Make Spaghetti Salad
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and allow to cool in large bowl.
- Add tomatoes, cucumber, olives, artichoke hearts, onion, salami and parmesan to bowl.
- Mix dressing ingredients: oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian season, salt, pepper and sugar (optional).
- Pour dressing over pasta and veggies. Toss until pasta salad is evenly coated with dressing.
- Top with fresh Italian Parsley and serve cold.
What Goes Well With Pasta Salad
Pasta salad goes well alongside most any protein, especially barbecue. That is why this Spaghetti Pasta Salad is great for picnics, barbecues, parties and potlucks.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Nutritional information on WonkyWonderful is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
Nutrition Information Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 311Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 15mgSodium 361mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 9g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutritional information on WonkyWonderful is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.