This spaghetti salad recipe is a fun twist for a pasta salad. We are using spaghetti noodles instead of the shorter more traditional versions and it works! This dish is perfect to make for a summer barbecue or picnic. It makes a delicious side dish that is a big hit with kids and adults. Combining fresh, crisp vegetables, savory grease parmesan cheese and tossed with stellar homemade Italian dressing.

To make spaghetti salad all you need is cooked spaghetti, olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and red onions. Add freshly grated parmesan for a beautiful sharp, salty note. You can use any olives of your choice, calamata, black or green, as long as they are pitted and chopped. But this salad is extremely flexible. You can omit and substitute any of the ingredients. It is amazing with feta cheese instead of parmesan. Forget raw onions if you dislike the taste, change the dressing and make the pasta salad Greek inspired.

This salad is an ultimate entertaining dish because you can easily make it ahead, it tastes better the next day. The pasta is infused with all the juices and becomes extra flavorful and aromatic.

The homemade Italian dressing is zesty, fragrant and a perfect compliment to the salad. It comes together in a breezy 5 minutes and is bursting with Italian flavors from olive oil, red wine vinegar and an array of herbs and spices. You can use a store-bought dressing, but the homemade is so much better and really takes the salad to the next level. And a no brainer to make.

This salad is simplicity at it’s best. Basic ingredients but the result is a phenomenal dish that everyone will enjoy. Have some leftover forgotten rotisserie chicken sitting in the back of the fridge? Add it to the salad to boost the nutritional value. Protein-rich chicken will make this spaghetti salad a complete meal. You are guaranteed to get raving reviews and people will be begging you for the recipe.