California Spaghetti Salad

This California Spaghetti Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish that’s perfect for a summer gathering, potluck, or as a light meal. With its colorful array of vegetables and a zesty dressing, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

This recipe is a wonderful combination of fresh, crisp vegetables, tender pasta, and a flavorful dressing. It’s a versatile dish that can be a standalone meal or a vibrant side to complement any main course. The salad is not only visually appealing but also a delicious and healthy option for any occasion.


  • 1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 2 medium zucchinis, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cans ripe olives (2-1/4 ounces each), sliced and drained


  • 1 bottle Italian salad dressing (16 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain using a colander and rinse in cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumber, green and red bell peppers, red onion, and sliced olives.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the Italian salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, and garlic powder.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until all the ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes (+ chilling time)
  • Servings: 8-10
  • Kcal: 280 per serving


Store the California Spaghetti Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s best enjoyed fresh but will keep well for a couple of days.

Recipe Tips:

Feel free to customize this salad with your favorite vegetables or add grilled chicken or shrimp for a heartier version. Adjust the seasoning and dressing according to your taste preferences. This salad is a great make-ahead dish for gatherings, as the flavors continue to develop over time.

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