California Spaghetti Salad is a refreshing and delicious pasta salad that combines the flavors of a traditional spaghetti salad with a Californian twist. It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, or as a side dish for any occasion. Below is a simple recipe to prepare California Spaghetti Salad:
- 8 ounces (about 225g) spaghetti noodles (whole wheat or regular)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup green olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey (adjust to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Cook the Spaghetti: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain the spaghetti and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow it to cool completely.
- Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Adjust the sweetness and seasoning according to your taste.
- Combine the Salad Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled spaghetti with the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, red onion, black olives, green olives, and chopped parsley.
- Dress the Salad: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything together until the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
- Optional: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the salad for added flavor.
- Chill and Serve: Cover the salad bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. The longer it chills, the better the flavors will develop. Serve it chilled and enjoy!
Note: You can customize this salad by adding other ingredients like avocado, corn kernels, grilled chicken, or feta cheese, depending on your preferences.
Enjoy your refreshing California Spaghetti Salad!