Cold Spaghetti Salad {with Italian Dressing} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Cold Spaghetti Salad {with Italian Dressing} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

This Cold Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing has always been a staple side at potlucks. It’s always a big hit and is even better the next day. Easily make this delicious noodle salad in advance for your next party. Come on in and I’ll share the recipe with you…

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Cold Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing

Also known as Italian Spaghetti Salad or Spaghetti Pasta Salad 

Cold Spaghetti Salad Recipe

This recipe dates back to my childhood when my mom would inevitably bring out the noodle salad for outdoor picnics. In my opinion, this spaghetti salad is the best, but it is even better the next day. It’s a great side dish for any potluck or holiday meal. The Italian Dressing has more time to really soak into the noodles and add its’ zesty flavor.

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Make-Ahead and Storage:

How Long Will This Cold Spaghetti Salad Last?

  • Cover cold spaghetti salad with Italian Dressing in the refrigerator for up to 4 days

Tips and Tricks for Summer Spaghetti Salad

  • Add in such as  zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, chives, purple onion, green pepper, and black olives all pair well with cold noodle salad
  • Use Zesty Italian Dressing not regular Italian dressing
  • Make one day in advance and store covered in the refrigerator

cold spaghetti salad

What Does Cold Noodle Salad with Italian Dressing go with?

Add-Ins to Consider with a Cold Pasta Salad:

– fresh veggies like…

  • zucchini
  • red bell pepper
  • sliced black olives
  • yellow squash
  • green onion – sliced
  • sugar snap peas
  • green beans
  • broccoli florets

– freshly grated parmesan cheese
– sprinkle fresh parsley on top

Should cold spaghetti be rinsed off after it’s cooked?

When making pasta to go into a cold pasta salad, it is a good idea to rinse the noodles in cold water to help lower the temperature of the pasta.

How do you make Spaghetti Salad?

  1. Cook and drain noodles
  2. Rinse with cold water
  3. Slice vegetables
  4. In a large bowl, mix cooked spaghetti noodles, vegetables, Zesty Italian dressing, and spices
  5. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours

Are you Ready to Make this Easy Pasta Salad Recipe? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need…


  • thin spaghetti noodles
  • tomatoes – the best would be fresh out of the garden. I love to use a nice big tomato like a beefsteak – cubed. Some people prefer cherry tomatoes. Either is fine
  • cucumber
  • green bell pepper
  • red onion
  • zesty Italian salad dressing – I’ve used generic almost every time, but Olive Garden’s Italian dressing would be delicious too
  • seasonings like – poppy seeds, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seeds, and garlic powder

Do I Need to Add Salt to this Spaghetti Salad?

No. The zesty Italian salad dressing and other spices will give enough flavor to this recipe. Salt is not necessary.

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Finally, Here’s the recipe…


Cold Spaghetti Salad {with Italian Dressing} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

A delicious cold spaghetti salad that is the perfect side for a barbecue. 

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


  • 16 oz. of thin spaghetti
  • 3 medium diced tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • 1 medium green pepper chopped
  • 1 medium sweet purple onion chopped
  • 1 8 oz. bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 tsp. of poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. of celery seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder


  • Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions
  • drain and rinse in cold water
  • Place noodles in bowl 
  • Add vegetables, dressing and spices
  • Mix in
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours 


Other optional  vegetables to add in:

  • zucchini
  • sweet red pepper
  • yellow squash
  • sliced black olives


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