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Sarah Rose's Dad's Made-Up Kind of a Salad Sort of Thing

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"A lovely and fresh pasta salad my dad threw together one night that became a favorite. It's also very flexible. As Dad says, 'If you want to put something else in, go ahead, ain't no big deal. As long as no one starts poking it with a fork and mumbling,'had a failed science experiment look like this once, only it smelled better,' you're doin' just fine.'"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    9 hrs


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the broken spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer to a salad bowl while still hot, and season to taste with salt, black pepper, half the minced garlic, half the basil, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Refrigerate to chill, about 30 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, mix the remaining minced garlic, basil, 2 more tablespoons of olive oil, grape tomatoes, red onion, black olives, and sliced mushrooms. Lightly toss the chilled spaghetti mixture into the grape tomato mixture, and season with salt and black pepper if needed. For best flavor, allow the pasta mixture to chill overnight to blend the flavors.
  3. Just before serving, toss with the torn romaine lettuce.
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May 06, 2012

I made two small changes--I only used one pint of grape tomatoes and I used fresh spinach leaves instead of romaine lettuce leaves. For a quick throw-together pasta salad, this turned out very nicely. It paired great with barbeque rubbed pork/chicken. Next time, I'd like to try this with tofu shirataki pasta and see how it turns out. This way I could enjoy this with my family and not worry so much about carb counts.

Jun 26, 2011

Good!!! Pasta salads like this are great because they are so forgiving; you can adjust them every which way and it'll still work out just fine! I skipped the onion, added crushed red pepper flakes, added cucumber, used fresh basil, and used garlic power instead of fresh because I can't handle raw garlic. I also ended up adding a little Italian dressing to add some zing. Thanks :)


7 Ratings

Jun 08, 2012

excellent salad. Only instead of spaghetti, I used mixed colored tortilleni's

Jun 06, 2012

This is fantastic with "Balsamic Salad dressing" by Alice Coates (a virtually fat and calorie free tomato juice based dressing) also on this site. I made this with whole wheat pasta and left out the olive oil to make it fit my diet plan. I did not expect to love it so much!

Nov 06, 2012

Really good this pasta salads is excellent !!

May 27, 2014

This is good stuff and her dad is right put whatever you want in this. I didn't have fresh tomatoes or mushrooms so I used canned (drained and rinsed) used green onions and added some green olives that needed to be used. I totally forgot about the lettuce at the end but was good without it. Very forgiving, very cheap, and very easy. Def keeper.

Nov 12, 2013

love it. I made it for my bridal shower.


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  • Calories
  • 294 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 13.2 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 8.2 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 263 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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