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Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach

This Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach is packed with robust Italian flavors. For this dish, al dente spaghetti noodles are tossed in a prepared Italian dressing with cubes of salami, mozzarella cheese, ripe olives, peppers, scallions and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Toss in fresh baby spinach and it’s practically a meal in itself.  This spaghetti salad is spectacular served warm, at room temperature or chilled making it ideal for entertaining or light meals.

Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach

Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach Recipe

My kids love pasta in any form, but vegetables can sometimes be a bit harder for them to embrace. Salads like this one help incorporate some of the things they like with the ingredients they need to eat so, it’s a win-win for me. I use cubes of hard salami in this dish but, ham or pepperoni would be tasty, too. I also recommend adding the spinach while the spaghetti is still warm allowing the spinach to wilt just a tad and become fully coated with the Italian dressing. Adding leafy greens to pasta salads like this spaghetti salad and my fusion BLT macaroni salad  give me the chance to add even more nutrients to the menu which is always a plus.

Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach

How to Make the Best Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach Recipe

This recipe is one  that I love to refer to as a double duty dish. You can serve it as a side dish or as a light meal on a busy day. It’s a fun salad to make and serve and doubles as a light meal on a hot summer day.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Spaghetti Salad: Cooled al dente spaghetti, a quality bottled or prepared Italian dressing, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, green onions, black olives, dried Italian seasoning, garlic salt, crushed red pepper flakes,  grated Parmesan cheese, fresh baby spinach leaves, salami and cubed mozzarella cheese.
  • To keep things simple, use a quality prepared Italian salad dressing for easy prep plus, it also gives the cook the opportunity to adjust the flavors at will.
  • You could add cubed pepperoni to the spaghetti salad recipe in place of salami or in addition to salami. 1/2 to 1 cup should work but this is one of those moments it’s fine to eyeball the amount.
  • When doing so, keep in mind you may need to adjust the seasonings according to the dressing used.
  • Using an oil based dressing allows the spaghetti salad to hold up much better at picnics and outdoor events than a mayonnaise based pasta salad.
  • Store leftover spaghetti salad in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Spaghetti Salad in a bowl

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Italian Spaghetti Salad with Spinach

Prep Time20 minutes
Chill time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
Keyword: Italian-spagheti-salad-with-spinach
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 lb package spaghetti, cooked to al dente
  • 1 16 oz bottle quality Italian salad dressing
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leafs loosely packed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 8 oz hard salami cubed
  • 1 4 oz can sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese cubed


  • Cook the spaghetti in salted water per the package instructions until al dente. Drain well then let cool slightly in colander until steam has dissipated.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the warm pasta with the salad dressing. Mix until fully coated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients reserving the cubed cheese. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Set into the fridge to cool for 30-60 minutes. Mix in the cheese.
  • Cover and chill thoroughly for several hours or overnight.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 821IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I mixed olive garden salad dressing with a tiny bit of lemon basil sauce e and EVOO with a wedge of lemon. I used few cucumber chopped. Green olives with garlic chopped, and black olives. Also.1/2 piece of deli smoked ham1/2 inch thick chopped. Roma tomatoes cored and chopped. Shredded mozzerella, parmesean, and very little red onion. Also a mix ofspinach.and more arugula for a nice peppery flavor. I added white pasta cut in half boiled al dente.. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I will make again and again. Deliciosa

  2. I haven’t made this but I’m getting ready. Thought I had all of the ingredients but forgot the spinach. Is it a big deal?

  3. Is there something else you can use instead of italia n dressing….. My family hates italia n dressing but would like everything else! Mayo maybe?

  4. 5 stars
    So good, the family has an allergy to onions and some don’t care for black olives. I used freshly grated shaved parmigiana in it. What a summer treat, and there was enough to feed the neighborhood!

    1. Hi Joyce, sure. Choose the print button in the recipe template and another page will pop up with just the recipe and one picture.

  5. Never had this with spinach or salami but I bet it’s a nice addition to this tasty salad. My mama used to add thin slices of red onion or purple onion as some folks call it, and something about that just amped up the flavor. I have made this since mama passed, it was one of her favorites. I think I’ll have to now ????????

    1. Thinly sliced red onion is very tasty in this salad. Make and enjoy some in her memory, no one cooks like Momma.♥

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