California Spaghetti Squash Salad

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California Spaghetti Salad made with spaghetti squash is the perfect way to cut carbs! It’s loaded with healthy, colorful veggies and is a tasty cold side to any dish.

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

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Why this California Spaghetti Salad Recipe is a Keeper

This is one of the best spaghetti squash recipes because it’s healthy and delicious! We all love spaghetti squash as spaghetti pasta but this salad is next level good.

  • 30 Minute Prep: Before chilling, you need 30 minutes to prepare this spaghetti squash salad.
  • Dressing Ingredients: This salad if filled with fresh vegetables and herbs, and Italian salad dressing, which makes it super refreshing.
  • Adaptable: This recipe is customizable to make it your own.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This spaghetti noodle summer salad is even better the next day after potlucks.

If you’re looking for more squash recipes, try these Summer Spaghetti Salad, Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup and Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Why is my Spaghetti Squash Mushy not Stringy?

A small bowl filled with the side dish.

If your spaghetti squash is mushy, chances are it’s overcooked. Next time bake the squash skin side down for a shorter period of time.

Ingredient Notes for this California Pasta Salad

A halved spaghetti squash in a glass baking dish, accompanied by a basting brush and a small bowl of oil on a blue wooden surface, brings the essence of California Spaghetti Salad to your kitchen. Another half rests on a baking sheet nearby.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make easy spaghetti squash recipes.

  • Spaghetti Squash: We’re using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti in this recipe.
  • Roma Tomatoes: Use Roma tomatoes for this recipe. You could also use other plum tomatoes like San Marzanos or cherry tomatoes.
  • Broccoli: Use fresh broccoli florets.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

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Variations and Substitutions for this Zucchini Side Dish

  • Add Seeds: You can add the seeds from the spaghetti squash to this salad.
  • Protein Pasta: Protein pasta is a great, healthy substitute for spaghetti squash. Cook pasta according to package directions.

Summer Salad Pro Tip

Here’s a pro tutorial on How to Cook Spaghetti Squash.

How to Make Easy California Spaghetti Salad

Healthy spaghetti squash recipes come together in an easy 3 steps.

These are the basic steps for making California Spaghetti Squash Salad. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Placing the squash in a dish.

1. Combine Ingredients

Place cut spaghetti squash pasta in a large bowl and add the vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, diced bell peppers, onion and black olives.

2. Make the Dressing

In a separate bowl, whisk together Italian dressing, grated parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, All Purpose Seasoning, paprika and celery seed.

3. Toss Until Coated and Chill

Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate cold pasta salad with spaghetti squash for at least 20 minutes to marinate. You can also cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

Potluck or Picnic Salad Recipe FAQs

How to Store?

Store California spaghetti salad recipes in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How Far in Advance Can I Make this Salad?

I like to make mine to serve in a few hours or the next day, but it’s good to make ahead and sit in the fridge for just a few days.

Should the Spaghetti Squash be Crunchy or Soft?

Thin spaghetti squash should be soft! Spaghetti squash should be rinsed in cold water before using.

Can I add Fresh Herbs Such as Basil?

Absolutely! Using fresh herbs will take this salad dressing to the next level.

A bowl of California Spaghetti Salad with spaghetti squash, chopped vegetables including broccoli, black olives, red bell peppers, and herbs.

Expert Tips for Making Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipe

  • Spicier: Add in crushed red pepper for a little kick in this California pasta salad recipe. Salad Supreme seasoning is a great addition.
  • Other Ingredients: Add in other fresh veggies like radishes or asparagus for some extra crunch or some pepperoni or goat cheese.
  • Dice Bacon: Tossing in dice 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.
  • Favorite Pasta: If you’d like to use pasta, add to a large pot of water. You can use spaghetti, rotini, farfalle or macaroni and cook according to the package directions. Make sure to drain well and rinse for a tasty pasta salad.
  • Topping: Feel free to top with more shredded parmesan!

What to Serve with Spaghetti Squash Side Dish

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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.
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California Spaghetti Squash Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
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Ingredients

SALAD

  • 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

DRESSING:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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