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August 10, 2020 3 min read

Inspired by Italy's delectable pasta culture, our sunny summer spaghetti salad recipe is a cold side dish that will liven up your summer barbecues!

This easy recipe just requires spaghetti, salad dressing, and plenty of vegetables. You can even take our spaghetti salad to new heights by using your own homemade spaghetti noodles. Check out our guide to preparing homemade pasta

Here's how to make the perfect spaghetti pasta salad!


Spaghetti pasta salad recipe FAQ

There you have it, our easy to make, and even easier to eat, spaghetti salad recipe. It's guaranteed to liven up any garden party!

We often get a few questions about the recipe, so we decide to put together a quick FAQ to answer the most common queries. Keep reading to find out more about our spaghetti salad recipe.

Why should I make my own noodles?

A pasta salad with spaghetti noodles is homier when made with a spaghetti maker, rather than buying dried spaghetti from the store.

Homemade spaghetti takes a little longer to prepare and cook. Still, most of the hard work is done for you when you use a spaghetti maker. The taste is better, the noodles are fresher, and if you're hosting a summer garden party or barbecue, your homemade noodles are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Why make my own dressing?

A spaghetti salad recipe with Italian dressing is more authentic with a homemade Italian-style summer salad dressing. Once you've got all the ingredients ready, the dressing is super-easy to make. If you're already handmaking pasta, why not put in the extra effort for a delicious dressing to complement your Italian spaghetti salad?

Can I prepare spaghetti salad ahead of time?

The great thing about spaghetti salad is that it needs to be prepared ahead of time. It has to be cold, or it's just not spaghetti salad. That makes it perfect for summer parties and barbecues.

You can get the salad ready in the morning and then keep it in the fridge to cool while you prepare the rest of your food and await the arrival of your party guests. We recommend preparing the spaghetti salad 4 hours ahead of time for optimum taste and temperature.

What goes well with cold spaghetti salad?

This delicious salad is best served up as a side, and it goes particularly well with barbecue food. We love to serve our zesty spaghetti salad with slow-cooked pulled pork, barbecued chicken, or grilled burgers and sausages.

It's a great dish for just digging into, so leave it on the side, cook up your barbecue food, and let your guests take as much as they want.

How long does spaghetti salad last?

If you do happen to have any leftovers after the party, then you can leave your spaghetti salad stored in the fridge for 48 hours. We recommend storing the spaghetti salad in a resealable container to keep in the freshness.

It's best served cold, of course, so when you're hungry for the leftovers, all you need to do is serve it straight from the fridge - there's no need to worry about reheating, or anything else!

Can I freeze spaghetti salad?

Spaghetti salad, like any fresh salad, doesn't freeze very well, so we don't recommend doing this. With fresh vegetables, fresh pasta, and fresh salad dressing, you run the risk of losing all of that goodness if you throw it in the freezer for a few weeks or months.

Do I have to prepare homemade pasta?

We prefer using homemade pasta for our spaghetti salad recipe, but we also understand that you might not have the time to make everything by hand.

While homemade pasta is fresh and tasty, you can also use storebought, dried pasta straight from the packet. It won't be quite as fresh, of course, but it will still be super-tasty.

Dried pasta takes longer to cook in salted, boiling water than fresh pasta does, so follow the instructions that are provided on the package.

Ultimately though, knowing how to prepare homemade pasta is a skill that's going to impress your friends and family. It's easier than it looks and the taste is well worth it!

Dig in!

Our Italian spaghetti salad recipe is as easy as adding spaghetti noodles to vegetables and sprinkling with salad dressing. Of course, you can make homemade noodles and salad dressing to impress your guests. It's fresh, tasty, zesty, and perfect for summer. Bookmark our spaghetti salad recipe for your next garden party!

More recipes to try this summer: delicious shrimp fettuccine and vegetarian butternut squash lasagna.

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