California Spaghetti Salad – Barefeet within the Kitchen

Stuffed with recent greens, tangy Italian dressing, and pleasant twirls of pasta, you’ll wish to savor every chew of this California Spaghetti Salad.

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Italian Spaghetti Salad

Like so many pasta salads that I really like, this one is loaded to the max with recent 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 lots, however I promise this ratio gained’t end in too many greens. That is one of the best stability I’ve discovered for maximizing the textures and flavors on this Italian spaghetti salad.

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

If in any respect doable, strive making this salad with do-it-yourself 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 stability the slight chew of pink onions and bell peppers.

The dressing is a tangy spotlight, with brilliant notes of lemon and the graceful 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 elements. However, this recipe is so versatile, you’ll be able to tailor it to fit your desire.

As written, this can be a vegetarian recipe. However, when you’re just like the meat lovers at my desk, you’ll be happy to know that this can be a dish that pairs properly 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 elements to make this recipe:

  • skinny spaghetti
  • Italian salad dressing
  • pink 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). Cook dinner the pasta in accordance with 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, when you’ve by no means tried a do-it-yourself dressing with pasta salad, you then completely should give it a strive. It’s so definitely worth the effort. The lemon brightens up the flavors fantastically.

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

You’ll be able to serve this dish instantly, or refrigerate till able to eat. It is a nice facet to arrange 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 might 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

If you happen to like this recipe for California spaghetti salad, you’ve received to strive it with Final Minute Rooster. It’s certainly one of my favourite (and quickest) methods to get hen on my household’s desk.

It’s also possible to whip up a fast batch of Orange Garlic Shrimp to go together with this recipe. Or, you’ll be able to pair the shrimp with this Asian Pasta Salad, loaded with ten completely different recent greens. It’s made with one other French dressing so flavorful, you could 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 received them on my checklist to strive quickly.

And, when you’re searching for different meat choices to pair with pasta salad, then I strongly advocate 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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