When salad and pasta come together in a blissful bowl of goodness, all is well in the world. As a kid, I remember my mom making a cold spaghetti salad we loved. Truthfully, it was her way of coning my sister and me into eating vegetables hidden in the spaghetti drenched in Italian dressing. My version of spaghetti salad, however, highlights the vegetables.
Stacked on top of arugula and bathed in an oil-free scrumptious Italian dressing, this spaghetti salad tastes heavenly!
Although my mom's spaghetti salad tasted fabulous, I elevated the flavors by adding various vegetables. I chose arugula as a base for its peppery flavor.
WHAT VEGETABLES ARE IN SPAGHETTI SALAD?
- Grape Tomatoes
- Roasted Asparagus
- Red Onion
- White Onion
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Pepper
- Baby Bell Peppers
- Kalamata Olives
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HOMEMADE ITALIAN DRESSING IS PERFECT FOR SPAGHETTI SALAD
In an attempt to keep it healthy, I dressed the spaghetti salad in an oil-free Italian dressing. Because the dressing enhances the pasta and vegetable flavors, I suggest making the dressing early, so it marinates in the refrigerator.
Also, dressing the noodles and vegetables first allows the flavors to intensify before serving on the arugula.
MARINATING THE NOODLES AND VEGETABLES IN THE DRESSING
Once dressed, toss all the ingredients together so the dressing covers noodles and vegetables. Next, I cover the salad and leave it in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving.
As a result, the marinated noodles and vegetables absorb the dressing. Even though spaghetti salad can be eaten, I like to add a little more vegetable love. So, I place a base of arugula (or any greens you prefer) in the base of each bowl and top with spaghetti salad.
Because the dressing absorbs into the spaghetti salad, additional dressing isn't needed for the added arugula. Instead, the arugula intensifies the Italian flavors from the dressing, noodles, and vegetables.
If you are looking for a fabulous, elegant dinner, give this spaghetti salad recipe a try.
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂