Fresh veggies and a rich variety of seasonings make this a great springtime dish for a party or a family picnic! Garnish with tomatoes and parsley and serve with a spaghetti salad smile!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain well. Transfer to large bowl.

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  • In medium bowl, whisk together salad dressing, cheese, seeds, salt, paprika, garlic powder and peppers until well blended. Stir in cucumber and onion. Pour mixture over spaghetti and toss lightly to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Top with tomatoes to serve.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 35.2g; fat 12g; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 773.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2003
In the teacher's lounge a few month's ago, a parent brought in a pasta salad from a local catering place in observance of education week (how sweet-we LOVE food)and it had a "kick" to it. This is it! Just make it with tri-colored pasta add some cubes of cheese and that one had pepperoni. Let it set for a while to blend the flavor. Instant hit! And thanks to all out there who remember us teachers! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/27/2006
It was not at all interesting and quite boring. I thought the unusual spices like the poppy seeds would give it a good flavor but it didn't. All I could really taste was the Italian dressing on top of pasta. Read More
(8)
126 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2003
In the teacher's lounge a few month's ago, a parent brought in a pasta salad from a local catering place in observance of education week (how sweet-we LOVE food)and it had a "kick" to it. This is it! Just make it with tri-colored pasta add some cubes of cheese and that one had pepperoni. Let it set for a while to blend the flavor. Instant hit! And thanks to all out there who remember us teachers! Read More
(61)
Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2008
Great summer salad to use garden veggies. I used radiatore pasta in place of spaghetti noodles to hold the dressing and make it easier to pick up the pasta with a fork! Instead of bottled italian dressing I made the Italian Dressing recipe from this site and used it. Added a handful of cubed fresh mozzarella cheese. Used grape tomatoes in place of regular tomatoes. Next time I will add chopped pepperoni and broccoli and eliminate the poppy seeds. Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2003
My Gramma has made this for years with leftover spaghetti - for those people who aren't sure what kind of salad seasoning to use Gramma has always used Salad Supreme and it turns out delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe. Sounds delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2006
Great based recipie! I doubled the parmesan cheese and cucumbers added olives and bacon bits and omitted the poppy seeds. I used fettucine since that what I had and assume this will be great for any pasta shape. Excellent! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2003
This is the best way to make pasta salad! The usual way seems so boring to my family now. It's such a verstile recipe and it's always a hit! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2009
This Salad is a great summer pasta salad....I have made it several times and people just love it. I really did not add or take anything away the pasta salad was PERFECT the way it is. Easy and everyone will love it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/27/2006
It was not at all interesting and quite boring. I thought the unusual spices like the poppy seeds would give it a good flavor but it didn't. All I could really taste was the Italian dressing on top of pasta. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
This is a favorite! I made it gluten free by replacing the noodles with Tinkyada Rice Pasta. I added sliced black olives extra parmesan cheese extra cayenne pepper and parsley for looks. I also used white onion instead of red. Next time I would maybe use a little less Italian dressing I like the flavor the spices naturally add versus the store bought dressing salad. I ll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Very good pasta salad. Like many others I used rotini noodles instead of spaghetti and added 1/2 yellow bell pepper (chopped) and chopped celery instead of cucumbers. With a little S&P and plenty of chilling time this is a nice addition to your dinner table. Read More
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