My mom’s classic spaghetti salad with tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, carrots and Italian dressing – perfect for sharing!
Happiest of Fridays here! I’m currently at the beach (yes, again!), this time with my best girl buddies.
Our annual beach trip is something we plan months and months in advance, which is necessary with all of our crazy schedules, but it’s also a good excuse to have something to look forward to the whole year.
We rent a house on the ocean, usually with a pool, and hole up for a long weekend together. We park our butts on the beach all day long, talking, listening to music, sipping on our drinks and soaking in the sun with our toes in the sand.
No, it doesn’t get much better than this!
So I’m keeping this short today and jumping right into this recipe, designed to get you ready for your Labor Day festivities!
My mom’s spaghetti salad is a classic in our family. We loved it growing up and it’s one of the recipes my mom wrote up for me when I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment in college. (Yes, that’s in the picture down below near the recipe.)
I thought I’d be cooking more. So I have all these handwritten recipes from my mom of some of the easy, classic recipes she’d made that I could replicate on my own.
I didn’t end up cooking much in college. My serious dive into home cooking came after I graduated and moved to D.C. And let’s be honest, after I met my now-husband and we took turns cooking dinner for each other when we first started dating.
I had to step up my game, you know? 😉
Anyway, this spaghetti salad is a classic for a reason. It’s picnic perfect, crowd-pleasing and easy to throw together in advance. All things I love for a summer side dish.
Here’s a few notes on this spaghetti salad:
- Use your favorite veggies. You can add to or omit from the recipe below to suit your tastes.
- I usually add an extra tomato if they’re good summer fresh ones, whether heirloom or regular.
- I like my spaghetti salad heavily dressed and heavily seasoned. In the recipe, I started you with an initial baseline amount and you can add as you go from there.
- Spaghetti noodles are the classic way to go for this salad, but you can substitute any other type of pasta you prefer. Rotini would be great here!
- I have an easy homemade Italian dressing, but you can use store-bought if you want a shortcut to make this even easier to throw together.
- Leftovers keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Makes a great, light lunch!
Much like my gazpacho recipe from earlier in the week, spaghetti salad is a summer must-have for me. Make it for your family or for a crowd, it’s sure to be a hit.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!