Spaghetti Squash Salad

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Healthy spaghetti squash recipes are the perfect way to cut carbs but not flavor! This one is fabulous, easy, and totally guilt-free. It is loaded with colorful veggies and a tasty cold side to any dish. Check out my other summer recipes dinner for other great options! 

Spaghetti Squash Salad in a bowl.

Why This Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes Works

Spaghetti squash is such an easy substitution for pasta. The texture of this low carb noodle option makes it feel like you are eating traditional pasta but without the guilt! This recipe is easy, flavorful, and loaded with yummy veggies and that is what makes it the best spaghetti squash recipe to serve up with your dinner dishes.

Spaghetti Squash Salad in a bowl.

How To Cook Easy Spaghetti Squash Recipes?

I am sure you are wondering how to cook easy spaghetti squash recipes? Well, you can have all of the flavors of carb-dense pasta without the carbs. Plus, it is surprisingly easy to make and the whole family will love it, even the kids! Easy spaghetti squash recipes are strikingly similar to traditional pasta but you get an extra-long, buttery noodle that will satisfy any pasta craving you are having. Bake it in the oven flesh side down or microwave it, yes this actually works!

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Spaghetti Squash Salad in a bowl.

How to Make the Best Spaghetti Squash Recipe

To make the best spaghetti squash recipe you will need a good-sized spaghetti squash. The buttery goodness of the squash will be paired with a colorful veggie assortment including bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, red onion, broccoli, and black olives. Once assembled the All Purpose Seasoning and Italian dressing make this easy spaghetti squash recipe phenomenal!

I am not kidding you when I say this is the best spaghetti squash recipe. It never lasts long and there are never complaints! Once the spaghetti squash is sliced and cooked the recipe comes together in no time. This tender low carb noodle option is tossed with an assortment of easy seasonings, Italian dressing, and chilled. The chilling finishes everything off and marries the recipe’s incredible flavor.

Squash in a glass dish, with a brush

Expert Tips for Cook Spaghetti Squash Microwave

Making easy spaghetti squash recipes does not have to involve your oven. You can cook a spaghetti squash right in the microwave. Simply cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place flesh side down in a microwave-safe dish with about an inch of water. Microwave for 10-15 minutes depending on your microwave and squash size. Make it ahead of time and freeze it for an even faster assembly when you get ready to make it!

  • Make sure your spaghetti squash is firm with no soft spots.
  • Cut lengthwise in half for easy cooking.
  • Score it with a knife and microwave for a few minutes (no more than 5) if you are having trouble cutting it.

Spaghetti squash in a green bowl.

Variations for Making Easy Pasta Salad Recipes

Easy pasta salad recipes are perfect for summertime. Take them to cookouts, serve them up as an easy side, or whip them up for snacks throughout the week. Sub in spaghetti squash for the noodles and you have a low carb noodle option. Make it different every time!

  • Add in crushed red pepper for a little kick.
  • Add in other veggies like radishes or asparagus for extra crunch.
  • Toss in bacon pieces for a salty provision.

Tools Used to Make Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Quality Knife: Cutting spaghetti squash can be tough with just an ordinary knife so a quality knife makes it so much easier.

Cutting Board: Protect your countertops by using a cutting board for all of the cutting! This one is my favorite!

Serving BowlServe it right up in this serving bowl that is simply beautiful for salad recipes.

Spaghetti Squash Cookbook: This one is perfect for exploring more tasty recipes using spaghetti squash.

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A bowl filled with California Spaghetti Salad, a delightful mix of spaghetti squash, black olives, broccoli, tomatoes, red onions, and garnished with chopped parsley.
4.88 from 8 votes

California Spaghetti Squash Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
California Spaghetti Salad is the perfect way to cut carbs! It's loaded with healthy, colorful veggies and is a tasty cold side to any dish.
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  • 1 Spaghetti squash, cooked and cooled
  • 3 Roma tomatoes , seeded and diced
  • 2 cups Broccoli florets
  • 1 Cucumber, diced
  • 1 Green bell pepper , diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Red onion, diced
  • 4.5 ouces Black olives, sliced and drained


  • 16 ounces Italian salad dressing
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Celery seed


  • In a large bowl add prepared spaghetti squash, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, bell peppers, onion and olives.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together Italian salad dressing, parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, House Seasoning Blend, paprika and celery seed.
  • Pour over salad and toss until coated.
  • Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes to overnight.  

Expert Tips

  • Spicier: Add in crushed red pepper for a little kick in this California pasta salad recipe.
  • Other Ingredients: Add in other fresh veggies like radishes or asparagus for some extra crunch or some pepperoni or goat cheese.
  • Bacon: Tossing in bacon pieces is always a hit at a barbecue cookout.
  • Flavor: The longer this delicious pasta salad recipe sits, the more flavorful it gets. 
  • Seasoning: You can add other seasonings like garlic powder to add more flavors.
  • Pasta: If you'd like to use pasta, add to a large pot of water. You can use spaghetti, rotini, farfalle or macaroni. Make sure to drain and rinse.
  • Topping: Feel free to top with more shredded parmesan!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1206IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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