California Spaghetti Salad

California Spaghetti Salad is a vibrant and flavorful dish that combines the heartiness of spaghetti with the freshness of a variety of vegetables and a zesty dressing. Here’s a basic recipe that you can adjust according to your taste:


  1. Spaghetti: Cooked and cooled
  2. Cherry Tomatoes: Halved
  3. Bell Peppers: Diced (you can use different colors for more vibrancy)
  4. Cucumbers: Sliced
  5. Red Onion: Finely chopped
  6. Black Olives: Sliced
  7. Parmesan Cheese: Grated
  8. Fresh Parsley: Chopped

For the Dressing:

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Red Wine Vinegar
  3. Garlic: Minced
  4. Dijon Mustard
  5. Italian Seasoning
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Chop the tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onion, and olives. Set them aside.
  2. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Combine: In a large bowl, combine the cooked spaghetti, chopped vegetables, and black olives.
  4. Add Dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat everything evenly.
  5. Add Cheese and Herbs: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley over the salad. Toss again gently.
  6. Chill: Refrigerate the salad for at least one hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. Serve: Serve chilled as a refreshing side dish or light main course.

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