Fresh vegetables and a rich variety of seasonings make this a great springtime or summer dish for a party or a family picnic. I used this recipe to feed over 100 people and it went over fabulously. It also makes a fabulous side dish.

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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 in a large pot with boiling salted water. Rinse with cool water, drain.

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  • Place grated Parmesan cheese, sesame and poppy seeds, seasoning salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chopped cucumber, onion, red and yellow pepper, tomatoes, and broccoli in a large bowl.

  • To large bowl add cooled pasta. Pour entire bottle of Italian dressing over pasta and vegetables. Mix well.

  • Refrigerate pasta salad for at least 2 hours. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 38g 12% DV; fat 11.9g 18% DV; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 782.1mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2008
I doubled this recipe and took it to a birthday party. The dad ate about 4 helpings. I then told them I'd leave the left overs. It did take a while to chop all the vegetables I added green pepper because the store was out of red and I forgot to add the tomato. Which was perfect because the mom does like them at all. I refrigerated this overnight and added a little extra italian dressing 1/2 hour before serving. Doubling doesn't really require 2 full bottles of dressing. Save it to zest it up right before serving. I'm making it again this weekend and I'm adding the red pepper and tomato. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2010
I substituted linquine for the spaghetti omitted the poppy seeds (didn't have any) and used only 2/3 bottle of Italian salad dressing because the salad would have been drowning in dressing if I'd used the full amount. Even so we didn't care for this salad. It was a very pretty salad but we felt the flavor of the cayenne pepper overwhelmed the other flavors and not in a good way. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2008
I doubled this recipe and took it to a birthday party. The dad ate about 4 helpings. I then told them I'd leave the left overs. It did take a while to chop all the vegetables I added green pepper because the store was out of red and I forgot to add the tomato. Which was perfect because the mom does like them at all. I refrigerated this overnight and added a little extra italian dressing 1/2 hour before serving. Doubling doesn't really require 2 full bottles of dressing. Save it to zest it up right before serving. I'm making it again this weekend and I'm adding the red pepper and tomato. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2004
Easy and fast. I omitted the peppers changed grated Parmesan cheese to 2 tbls reduced salt to 1 tsp. added 1/4 tsp. garlic salt & 1/2 tsp. celery seed used "1 1/2 cups" chopped broccoli and used Zesty Italian dressing. Delicious:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2005
I've notice this and it sounds delicious I just wanted to add that instead of spaghetti...it would be interesting to use linguine and maybe even add Salad Supreme...it's flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
This is excellent and a nice change from "regular" pasta salad. Made it for my coworkers and was asked for the recipe many times. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
Ok this salad is WONDERFUL! Ever since making it for the first time (at my wedding reception) I have been asked to bring it to every gathering. I have changed it a little for the taste buds in my house. I omit the poppy seeds and sesame seeds and I use whole wheat thin noodles fat free italian dressing cherry tomatoes (they don't get everything else tomato tasting) and I add whole black olives. Natalie thank you for bringing such a wonderful addition to my recipie box! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2009
This was a really great recipe. I did not use spaghetti I used Cavatappi pasta instead as I think long noodles and oil dressing is a recipe for a stained shirt! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
i love pasta and i love veggies. throw anything in this from your garden and let it marry a couple hours or more and grab a fork! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
I loved this dish. There's not much to it which is a positive for me. I used whole wheat pasta organic italian dressing and tons of veggies. I feel so healthy and it's so tasty too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2009
Wonderful! My husband hates broccoli normally but loves italian dressing -- but this dish even had him wanting seconds. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2010
I substituted linquine for the spaghetti omitted the poppy seeds (didn't have any) and used only 2/3 bottle of Italian salad dressing because the salad would have been drowning in dressing if I'd used the full amount. Even so we didn't care for this salad. It was a very pretty salad but we felt the flavor of the cayenne pepper overwhelmed the other flavors and not in a good way. Read More
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