Spaghetti Pasta Salad

6 WORD MEMOIR: Real friends cook for each other. – Dr. G 

Having girlfriends are essential to life. An encouraging group of women that nourish the growth of one another. Each one of us serves as a good supportive bra to the other.  No matter the variances in lifestyles, having a village, a tribe of women that are there during a 2 a.m. shoulder to lean on phone calls or the drop everything and meet me for drinks in the middle of the work week are significant to LIFE.

Immediate inspiration for and addiction to this recipe goes to the aunt of AJ and sister of one of my closest girlfriends.  She is a chef and has prepared this type of pasta salad for years.  I decided to stop asking her to make it all the time and get my asparagus in the kitchen to develop a recipe and make it for myself.  It is quite simple to make, but as always fresh ingredients provide a depth of flavor and texture to any recipe.

Similar to the women who we build relationships with. It is Women’s History Month and I’m sure, like myself, many of you have a tribe of dynamic women breaking glass ceilings, juggling obstacles and opportunities, professionally and personally.

This pasta salad uses various fresh ingredients that taste different, however, when combined makes one of my favorite pasta salads to date.  Reminds me of how women, contrasting in color, lifestyle, family structures, and culture can come together and make monumental statements, shifting the dynamics of what society considers the “norm”.


I implore you to make this recipe, add grilled shrimp or chicken or prepare as is and share it with your girlfriends. Share it with the women that you make you laugh. Share it with the tough lovers that don’t let you off easily when you’re in the wrong. Share it with the fighters that conquer ailments and losses. Share it with YOUR village, YOUR tribe over glasses of wine and fellowship!

The Long-winded Extrovert,

-Dr. G

5 from 1 vote

Spaghetti Pasta Salad

One of my favorite pasta salads to make year round. You can add your favorite grilled chicken or shrimp if you desire.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Santresa


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 2 cans 2.25 ounces sliced olives drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced mushrooms I really love mushrooms
  • 1 medium cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 bottle zesty Italian dressing 2 cups / 16 oz.
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salad Supreme seasoning I used McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to package instructions, minus 2 – 3 minutes. Before adding pasta to pot, SALT YOUR WATER. Flavoring the water, flavors the pasta. You will want your pasta to be al dente and not mushy. Drain the pasta, rinse in cold water, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the Italian dressing, cheese, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Take a large mixing bowl and add onions, green and red peppers, olives, mushrooms, and cucumbers. Pour in the cooled spaghetti and toss with vegetables.
  4. Pour the Italian dressing mix over pasta and vegetables, use about 2 tablespoons of Salad Supreme then thoroughly toss all together. Sprinkle on the last of the Salad Supreme, cover bowl with plastic wrap or lid, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The longer this pasta salad sits the better.


  • Antonio Maurice Daniels May 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Not much compares to women gathered together in fellowship and food. When incorporated strategically into human relationships, food can be a powerful vehicle for helping us to discover common bonds, bonds that can unite us together forever. Excellent photos!

    • Santresa May 31, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Yes! Food and music are dynamic to human relationships. I’m blessed to be able to call some incredible women my friend, even more so to have them open their dwelling and kitchen to me. Thank you for reading, T!


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