Looking for something different to bring to the next BBQ? Look no further than Jeanette’s Spaghetti Pasta Salad! This recipe is perfect for potlucks, parties, and Summer BBQs. It’s easy to make and can be tailored to your taste preferences. Plus, it’s loaded with healthy veggies, and protein too if you add chicken!
How to Make Our Favorite Spaghetti Pasta Salad Recipe
We love this spaghetti pasta salad recipe and would highly recommend bringing it to your next BBQ! But before we get started cooking, let’s talk a bit about pasta and why it’s one of our favorite lunch and dinner staples.
Is Pasta Good for You?
Different than what you may have heard, pasta can be part of a healthy diet! It’s a good source of complex carbohydrates, which are an important part of a balanced diet. Pasta is also low in calories and fat, and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. However, like anything else, pasta should be eaten in moderation. One serving is about one cup, or about the size of a tennis ball.
What Dishes Pair Well with Pasta Salad?
This dish pairs well with grilled chicken, fish, or vegetables. It’s also a great side dish for potluck-style gatherings and parties. If you’re looking for something to bring to a Summer BBQ, this is the perfect recipe!
Colorful Spaghetti Pasta Salad Recipe
Now that we’ve talked a bit about colorful pasta and why it can be part of a healthy diet, it’s time for the main event: the recipe!
- 1 lb. box thin spaghetti
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cucumbers, sliced and quartered
- 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 tsp. salt
- 8 oz. mini pepperoni
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 (4 oz.) can sliced black olives
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Parmesan cheese
- Grilled chicken, sliced (optional)
First, cook the noodles as directed on the package. Next, you want to drain and place the noodles in a large mixing bowl. Then you’re going to add the cucumbers, the red pepper, the half onion, the chopped tomatoes, the pepperoni, and the olives. Stir to combine.
Mix the olive oil, the vinegar, all of the seasonings, and the clove of garlic in a small dish or jar with a lid. Pour the mixture over the dish of pasta. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate the dish for at least two hours or overnight.
Before serving, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and grilled chicken if preferred. Now you’re ready to serve and eat!
We hope you enjoy this spaghetti pasta salad recipe as much as we do, and if you loved this recipe we have many more tried and tested knockouts here on the blog of our favorite recipes. Happy cooking, and don’t forget, if you’re having any issues with your appliances not working quite right, call the team at Moore for professional appliance repair service.