California Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Published on
June 11th 2023
Last updated on March 20th 2024
Jennifer Dodd

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California Spaghetti Salad is a refreshing, vegan, and pantry-friendly recipe; it's also a fantastic way to use up any leftover spaghetti you might have from the day before. This salad uses fresh and crisp, California-inspired ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, olives, and avocados, tossed in homemade vegan basil pesto, making this easy salad the ultimate side dish. Try out this recipe for your next summer BBQ, along with Turkey Steaks or Pork Tenderloin to add to the grill and impress your guests.  

How long does California Spaghetti Salad last in the fridge?

This salad will last up to three days, covered in the fridge. 

What is spaghetti salad made of?

This spaghetti salad uses cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, and avocado tossed in a vegan basil pesto. The pesto contains basil, pine nuts, garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.   

How many calories is California Spaghetti Salad?

There are 570 calories is each serving for this recipe. 

How many carbs does California Spaghetti Salad have?

There are 65 grams of carbs in each portion of spaghetti salad. 

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Author: Jennifer Dodd
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins
4 persons


Vegan Pesto
California Spaghetti Salad
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Vegan Pesto

Place all the ingredients into a small food processor or blender, blend at high speed scraping down the sides with a spatula if needed, until the pesto is smooth. 

Prepare the pesto sauce

Season with more salt and pepper if needed, and set the pesto aside until ready. 

Seasoning the pesto sauce
California Spaghetti Salad

Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stovetop and cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.  

Cooking the pasta

Drain the pasta into a colander allowing to pasta to cool for 5 minutes before transferring spaghetti into a mixing bowl, place the pasta into the fridge to further chill for 15 minutes.  

Draining the pasta

Remove the pasta from the fridge, adding the vegetables and pesto to the bowl. 

Adding vegetables and pesto sauce into the pasta

Toss everything together, serve chilled right away or cover and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use. 

Mixing together all the ingredients
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