California Spaghetti Salad

California Spaghetti Salad is a light and flavorful pasta salad made with cooked spaghetti, fresh vegetables, and a tangy dressing. It’s a great side dish for picnics, barbecues, and potlucks, or it can be served as a light and delicious meal on its own. Here’s how to make California Spaghetti Salad:


1 pound thin spaghetti broken into 1 inch pieces

1 pint cherry tomatoes chopped in half

2 zucchini medium, diced

1 cucumber large, diced

1 green bell pepper medium, diced

1 red bell pepper diced

1 red onion large, diced

2 cans ripe olives 2-ΒΌ ounces each sliced, drained


1 bottle Italian salad dressing 16 ounces
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
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. Add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green and red bell pepper, red onion and olives in a large bowl.
To make the dressing:
Whisk together italian salad dressing, parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, and garlic powder. Pour over salad and toss until coated. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

Feel free to add other vegetables, such as zucchini, cherry or grape tomatoes, or avocado, to make the salad your own. To make it a more substantial meal, add grilled chicken or shrimp. California Spaghetti Salad is a delicious and healthy option for any occasion thanks to the combination of pasta, fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and tangy dressing.