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Summer Recipes: Maggie's Cold Spaghetti Salad

spaghetti salad

This is not my recipe. One of my coworkers used to bring this dish to every pot luck our company had. Knowing how much I loved it (I would rave every time she came through the door carrying a bowlful) she made sure to give me the recipe when I left the company. I am not sure the recipe was hers either since I have seen numerous variations of it on the web for several years now. Regardless of where it came from it is one of the treats I most look forward to in summer.

One reason I love it is that I am a complete pasta addict and this is a wonderful, cool way to enjoy spaghetti during the hottest months. Another reason is that pasta salads are a nice way to add variety to the summer picnic table. But the main reason I love it is that it tends to be a big hit with children.

Cold Spaghetti Salad

1 pound thin spaghetti, cut into quarter lengths and cooked
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 (4 ounce) can of black olives, drained
1 small carton of fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian dressing
1 can artichoke hearts, drained
1 TBSP McCormick Salad Supreme
½ lb. Mozzarella Cheese, cubed

Combine all ingredients. Let sit in refrigerator overnight or for at least two hours.

– Maggie AAR


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06/29/2013 12:37 am

Do you use a specific Italian dressing? This sounds right up my summer alley!!!

maggie b
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Reply to  Mary
07/04/2013 10:27 am

No. I just use whatever is on sale.


06/27/2013 9:47 pm

I have one that is similar but it doesn’t have the cheese –

1 Pkg. vermicelli noodles, boiled and drained (do not rinse)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Juice from one lemon
Accent (generously sprinkled)

Let vermicelli cool, then add remaining ingredients. Chill overnight

1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup pepper (use whatever color you prefer – green, yellow or red)
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 small can black olives, chopped (can use green if preferred)
1 small jar pimento, chopped (I don’t remember adding this – I am not a fan of piemento, unless it is in cheese)

Put mayo on mixture to taste and sean with more Accent and seasoning salt.

(I wouldn’t try this if you have high blood pressure – the Accent plays a big part in the taste)

Reply to  Leigh
06/27/2013 9:47 pm

seah is supposed to be season.

06/27/2013 1:48 pm

How simple. But it sounds delicious!