What’s Cookin’ – Spaghetti Salad

It’s been a long, cold, snowy Winter here, but Spring is just around the corner.  I love Spring, Summer, and Fall when you can have large outdoor get togethers with family and friends.  I have a number of recipes that are good for large gatherings and, as I was going through them, I ran across this one for Spaghetti Salad.

It is one of my favorites, and I like it partly because it’s unique – that is, I have never seen anyone else bring this particular salad to a pot luck or get together.  I also love the cold pasta mixed with the crunchiness of the celery and green onions, the tanginess of the Ranch dressing, and the saltiness of a good hard salami.

I received a copy of this recipe from my brother-in-law, Ed, who is quite a good cook.  He makes the best smoked ribs I have ever had in my life anywhere.  We had Thanksgiving at their house a few years ago and had Standing Rib Roast for dinner instead of Turkey.  My sister-in-law, Jana, and Ed aren’t afraid to mix things up like that, and their kids are a lot of fun, too.

So, in hopes that Spring gets here soon, and that we can start having cookouts and family and friends together again, here is Ed’s recipe (with a few of my own tweaks) for Spaghetti Salad.

Spaghetti Salad Ingredients

Spaghetti Salad ingredients.

Spaghetti Salad Step One

Cook the pasta until tender (a few minutes past al dente).  Drain well and toss the warm pasta with half of the dressing.  Chill.

Spaghetti Salad Step Two

Once completely chilled, toss with the remainder of the ingredients except the tomatoes.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Spaghetti Salad Ready to Eat

Serve with diced tomatoes on top or dice and mix them into the salad if it is going to be eaten at one sitting.

See my notes at the bottom of the recipe for my substitutions, tips and hints.  I love this!


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