Recipe by Wei
"This is a great salad to serve with Thanksgiving or holiday meals. It makes a refreshing summer salad as well. Spaghetti squash is low in calories; most of my meat-eater friends love this dish!"
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spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
cherry tomatoes, halved
pitted kalamata olives, halved
English cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and sliced
red onion, sliced thin
olive oil, or more if needed
ground black pepper to taste
I'm excited to be this recipe's first reviewer so I can happily report how good this salad is! Light and refreshing, with an interesting and delicious contrast in flavors, colors and textures. Since spaghetti squash can vary so much in size, and since mine was small, I didn't measure the rest of the ingredients for the salad exactly - just tossed them in until I liked the proportions. I also left the peel on the cucumber for added nutrition and color. I loved the lemon in the dressing rather than the heavier and tangier vinegar, but it was too much, even tho' I omitted the zest altogether. In hindsight, I'd still leave out the zest (a tablespoon of lemon zest is a lot!), but reduce the lemon juice by half as well. Because fresh garlic is already included in the dressing, I simply used table salt rather than the garlic salt called for and that worked well for me. This was so good I couldn't stop digging into it right after I made it, while it was still at room temperature, and I found I actually preferred it that way than after it was chilled! In my opinion, making the adjustments with the lemon easily makes this a 5-star recipe. This is excellent.
This seemed like a different and interesting way to prepare spaghetti squash. I served it for company. It was NOT a hit. The flavor was okay but most people did not care for the cold spaghetti squash. I also found it to be too heavy on the lemon flavor. I think adding feta cheese could improve it but overall, I don't think I'll make this again. It was a lot of work and not worth it plus what waste of expensive kalamata olives! You'd be better off making a standard mediterranean salad than making this salad and it really doesn't look very good.
This is now a summer must! Things I changed: I sliced the seedless cucumbers into strips for a more uniform look and I used sweet red peppers instead of onions as my boys won't eat raw onions. This is a large recipe and would feed the masses but at my house we ate on this all weekend and it only got better. VERY FRESH AND SUMMERY!
Great recipe all if you like FETA you need to add it !!!
This was wonderful!!! My two babies could not get enough.
We could not find spaghetti squash around here so I improvised with angel hair pasta and a cut up Butternut squash. Also, personal preference, we served it warm.
Meh. While the flavor of this salad we found excellent, we felt the need to tweak it by adding balsamic vinegar to kick it up somewhat. What we didn't like about the recipe is the addition of squash. It seemed that someone took a perfectly good Mediterranean salad and just decided to dump in squash they had on hand. In our opinion, squash is much better hot than cold--it gave the salad a weird texture. I'd make this again, omitting squash and instead using spinach.
Cooking time for can vary greatly depending on the size of the squash. Excellent recipe, followed it exactly first time. Be careful with amount lemon juice and oil. Might be a little too much for tatses. Optional ingrediant would be some dried figs sliced paper thin. About 1/4 cup.
Wasn't sure if this was one I was going to like at first. After reading all the reviews, I decided it was worth a shot...I had all the ingredients except the olives and lemon zest. It was great! I liked it as is...my husbant thought that it was good too, but thought that adding diced apple would encourage the kids to try it. (Spaghetti squash and cucumbers aren't always on the menu, but we were given these items and didn't want them to go to waste.) I would also suggest adding halved grapes would be good. great salad as is in my book. Very healthy and refreshing. Makes alot!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Refreshing Spaghetti Squash and Cucumber Salad
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 114
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