Spaghetti Salad is fast, easy and flavorful! Spaghetti, fresh veggies and salami are tossed in a savory homemade Italian dressing. It always a crowd pleaser!

Pasta salads are simple to make and serve in summer and beyond! They are cold, refreshing, keep well in the fridge, and feed a crowd! They make an amazing side dish, lunch and are perfect for parties and potlucks.

A white bowl full of cold spaghetti salad.
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Spaghetti Salad is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes. It has received 4.95 stars from 18 reader reviews. I can’t wait for you to try it, too!

“Thank u for posting this recipe. I made in less than 30min. Prep included. Best cold pasta salad I’ve ever had. I did add a half lime squeeze into dressing! Oh so good ! I will store it with my treasured recipes. DELISH!!!” – Anna


Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Make Ahead – The flavor only gets better as it melds together in the refrigerator.

Feeds a Crowd – Perfect for picnics, potlucks and family gatherings.

Fresh, Vibrant Flavor – It’s bursting with flavor and color with zesty Italian herbs, seasonings and fresh veggies.

Ingredients for spaghetti salad.

Shopping List

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  • Spaghetti
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Olives
  • Salami (Sliced or cubed)

Pasta Salad Dressing

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Minced Garlic
  • Dried Oregano
  • Basil
  • Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
A marble surface filled with herbs and seasonings to make a homemade Italian dressing.


  • Cook Noodles al dente – Do not overcook spaghetti. The cooked pasta absorbs dressing. Al dente pasta prevents it from becoming soggy.
  • Shock Pasta – Drain and rinse pasta in cold water to “shock it”, which prevents it from continuing to cook.
  • Reserve Dressing – Reserve a small amount of dressing to refresh pasta salad prior to serving.
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Serving Suggestions

Serve solo or with grilled or baked proteins.

Spaghetti salad in a white bowl with wooden spoons for serving.
Spaghetti salad in a white bowl with wooden spoons for serving.
4.95 from 18 votes

Spaghetti Salad

Fast, fresh and flavorful spaghetti salad is packed with fresh veggies and salami! It's perfect for parties, picnics, potlucks and lunch and makes a simple summer side dish!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
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  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 zucchini diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 cucumber diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 red onion diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 3.8 ounce can sliced olives drained
  • ¾ cup salami sliced or cubed

Pasta Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and stir until al dente.
    16 ounces spaghetti
    A silver pot of boiling water with spaghetti noodles inside.
  • Drain and rinse pasta with cold water to shock it and prevent it from cooking. In a large serving dish, add pasta, vegetables and salami.
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 zucchini, 1 cucumber, 1 red bell pepper, 1 red onion, 1 3.8 ounce can sliced olives, ¾ cup salami
    Ingredients for spaghetti salad in a white bowl on a marble countertop.
  • In a jar (or mixing bowl), combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, sugar and salt and pepper. Shake or whisk until well combined.
    1 cup olive oil, ½ cup red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar, salt and pepper to taste
    Spaghetti salad in a white bowl with wooden spoons for serving. A hand holds a jar of pasta salad dressing in the foreground.
  • Pour dressing over spaghetti salad and gently toss until well combined. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or more before serving. Toss and enjoy!
    Spaghetti salad in a white bowl with wooden spoons for serving.

Julie’s Tips

Prepare noodles al dente for the best texture. 
Drain and rinse pasta in cold water to prevent them from continuing to cook and become soggy.
Reserve a small amount of pasta salad dressing to refresh pasta salad before serving or to refresh leftover pasta salad.

Substitutions and Variations

For even more fresh flavor, substitute dried herbs with fresh.
Add pepperoncini for even more pop!
Add sliced, shredded or small balls of mozzarella, burrata or parmesan cheese.

To Store

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days for maximum freshness. Refresh with leftover dressing or a spritz of olive oil, toss and serve.
Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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