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Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing

Cold spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds! This dish will be a hit at your next cookout or potluck. Plus, it’s only 5 ingredients!

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing

I owe my love of good food and cooking to many friends and relatives. Growing up I got to taste food as varied as Polish Nut Roll to Puerto Rican Beans. Each recipe is a map of my history, a key to memories and tradition.

Whenever we have a party or gathering, there are special dishes that always make an appearance.

They are our tried and true crowd-pleasers, among which is mom’s Sour Cream Dill Dip and Fiesta Bean Dip.

Besides the family staples, I also look forward to the signature dishes others will bring like this Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing.

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

This recipe for spaghetti salad with Italian dressing is based on a dish one of my aunts always brought to summer cookouts. It’s without a doubt my favorite salad and it’s so easy!

I love pasta salads loaded with cheese and all manner of vegetables, but the simplicity of this salad is wonderful without sacrificing flavor.

Besides the short ingredient list, the highlight of this salad is the combination of Italian dressing and mayonnaise.

Most pasta salads are loaded with mayo, or else they’re strictly oil and vinegar based. This recipe adds a touch of mayo to the zesty dressing for the perfect amount of creaminess.

The flavor is punched up with green onions and a little bell pepper for crunch. It looks just like the colors of the Italian flag!

Of course, you can add whatever mix-ins you like to this basic recipe. Basil or chopped fresh parsley would be amazing without taking away from the simplicity.

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

Pin this recipe for next time you need to take a dish to pass! Can be made ahead and actually tastes better the next day. I even love eating a plate of this for a light lunch all on its own.

Don’t forget to check out my other summer salads like Tuna Pasta Salad and Taco Pasta Salad!

PIN THIS TO YOUR SUMMER BOARD!

Cold spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise for a zesty-creamy combo! Easy summer dish with only a few ingredients!

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

Spaghetti Salad with Italian Dressing

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Chilled spaghetti salad with Italian dressing and a little mayonnaise. The zesty-creamy combo is the best of both worlds!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • 1 bottle (16 oz) Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 a pepper)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (about 6 onions)

Instructions

  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package's al dente instructions. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Toss Spaghetti with Italian dressing and chill in refrigerator. For best results, marinate overnight.
  • After chilling, mix in the mayonnaise, bell pepper and green onion. Serve cold.
  • Notes

    Recipe has been tested with Wish-Bone Italian Dressing, Kraft Zesty Italian and Kraft Viva Italian

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    Taina

    Friday 17th of June 2016

    I love your photos and this spaghetti looks delicious.

    Rebekah

    Saturday 18th of June 2016

    Thanks so much, it's definitely my favorite! :-)

    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    Tuesday 31st of May 2016

    I love the combo dressing for this salad. Have had it with one or the other but never thought of combining the two

    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry

    Monday 30th of May 2016

    So pretty! Looks delicious too. And quick and easy. It's a keeper, for sure!

    Nancy P. | The Bitter Side of Sweet

    Sunday 29th of May 2016

    My girls live off of spaghetti! I love cold pasta salads!