Creamy Italian spaghetti pasta salad is easy, quick, and insanely yummy – the perfect side dish for summer get togethers, barbecues, and potlucks.
8-12 ounces spaghetti noodles (see note)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup whole black olives
6-10 slices hard salami, quartered
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Creamy Italian Dressing
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3-1/2 cup mayo (see note)
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
Add noodles to a large pot and add about 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue to boil 7-9 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse til smooth.
Combine noodles, tomatoes, olives, salami, and cucumbers in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately OR for enhanced flavor, cover and chill 1-3 hours.