California Spaghetti Salad – Barefeet within the Kitchen

Full of contemporary greens, tangy Italian dressing, and pleasant twirls of pasta, you’ll need to savor every chunk of this California Spaghetti Salad.

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Italian Spaghetti Salad

Like so many pasta salads that I love, this one is loaded to the max with contemporary greens. I like so as to add about ¾ of a cup of greens to the salad for each ounce of pasta (i.e. 6 cups of greens for 8 ounces of pasta).

That may sound like loads, however I promise this ratio gained’t end in too many greens. That is the most effective steadiness I’ve discovered for maximizing the textures and flavors on this Italian spaghetti salad.

You may make this recipe with any vegetable you get pleasure from snacking on or consuming uncooked. Simply lower the greens into considerably uniform, bite-size items. This ensures the utmost number of textures and flavors in each chunk.

If in any respect potential, attempt making this salad with homemade Italian dressing. It takes lower than 5 minutes to shake this dressing collectively, and it makes a world of distinction.

A close up of a forkful of this spaghetti salad, raised above a full blue bowl of the salad on a wooden table

California Spaghetti Salad

One thing magical occurs in every forkful of this pasta salad. Crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes steadiness the slight chunk of crimson onions and bell peppers.

The dressing is a tangy spotlight, with vibrant notes of lemon and the sleek richness of olive oil. It provides vibrant and irresistible taste to this California spaghetti salad recipe.

A top down shot of all the vegetable ingredients and the spaghetti noodles for this spaghetti salad in a metal mixing bowl on a wooden tabletop

The celery seeds and black olives add their distinct flavors, including a lot depth to this dish. I like these components. However, this recipe is so versatile, you possibly can tailor it to fit your desire.

As written, this can be a vegetarian recipe. However, if you happen to’re just like the meat lovers at my desk, you’ll be happy to know that this can be a dish that pairs effectively with just about any protein possibility.

A small jar of homemade Italian dressing on a wooden tabletop beside the mixing bowl that contains the salad ingredients

California Spaghetti Salad Recipe

You’ll want the next components to make this recipe:

  • skinny spaghetti
  • Italian salad dressing
  • crimson onion
  • black olives
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • cucumber
  • sesame seeds, celery seeds, and paprika
  • parmesan cheese
A close-up photo of the spices in a tiny glass bowl with the other ingredients visible in the background in a metal bowl

California Pasta Salad

Begin by bringing a big pot of water to a boil on excessive warmth. Break the pasta into thirds or quarters (items about 2-3 inches lengthy). Prepare dinner the pasta based on the bundle instructions. Then, drain and rinse till chilly.

Whereas the pasta is cooking, halve the tomatoes and cube the remainder of the greens. Put the veggies and olives in a big bowl. Then, add the cooled pasta to the bowl.

The spices have been added to the fresh ingredients in a metal mixing bowl

Pour the Italian salad dressing over the pasta and greens. Stir to coat every little thing within the dressing. Then, sprinkle with seasonings and shredded cheese. Stir once more to combine all through.

Now, if you happen to’ve by no means tried a do-it-yourself dressing with pasta salad, you then completely should give it a attempt. It’s so well worth the effort. The lemon brightens up the flavors superbly.

Pouring the italian dressing over the rest of the ingredients before mixing to combine in this California spaghetti salad

You possibly can serve this dish instantly, or refrigerate till able to eat. It is a nice aspect to organize forward of time. It’s one much less factor to fret about when getting dinner onto the desk.

I prefer to garnish this salad with some extra freshly shredded parmesan cheese, a pinch of kosher salt, and freshly floor black pepper. However, you could possibly simply as simply add bacon bits or toasted sunflower seeds.

Fresh parmesan has been shredded over the other ingredients in this salad in a metal bowl, with a blue silicone spatula

Spaghetti Salad

For those who like this recipe for California spaghetti salad, you’ve obtained to attempt it with Last Minute Chicken. It’s one in all my favourite (and quickest) methods to get hen on my household’s desk.

You can too whip up a fast batch of Orange Garlic Shrimp to go together with this recipe. Or, you possibly can pair the shrimp with this Asian Pasta Salad, loaded with ten totally different contemporary greens. It’s made with one other French dressing so flavorful, chances are you’ll be tempted to drink it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

All of the ingredients have been mixed together, and this spaghetti salad is ready to serve!

These Crispy Pork Bites caught my eye the opposite day, so I’ve obtained them on my listing to attempt quickly.

And, if you happen to’re in search of different meat choices to pair with pasta salad, then I strongly suggest these Asian Steak Bites. And, these Cajun Steak Bites are nice for the spice lover at your desk.

A close up photo of a bowl of spaghetti salad with vegetables and shredded parmesan

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