Easy Spaghetti Salad

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Have you been searching for a new salad idea, pasta recipe, or side dish to serve at your next barbecue? Then you might want to take a look at this Easy Spaghetti Salad recipe because it is all of the above and it’s exactly what the name says - easy. When it comes to pasta salad recipes, they’re always a great idea for any occasion. They’ve got the best of everything – pasta, salad, flavour, and convenience. They’re easy to transport, easy to doll out, and popular all year round, especially during the summer months. Pasta tastes so scrumptious when it’s been chilled in salad, and it just has a special way of cooling you down on those hot days. The best thing of all about pasta salad? When it’s done right, it can be really good for you.

Whether chilled or hot, you can find a lot of nutritional value in pasta. Just one cup of cooked spaghetti, which this pasta salad recipe calls for, is only 221 calories, is high in iron, protein, and dietary fiber, and very high in selenium. Spaghetti is low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol whatsoever. If you use whole wheat pasta, the news gets even better. One cup of cooked whole wheat spaghetti is only 174 calories, is high in dietary fiber, protein, and iron, and very high not only in selenium, but in manganese as well. Whole wheat spaghetti also contains calcium. So, basically, when you use spaghetti in any pasta salad, you are off to a good beginning. But when you start adding veggies, that’s when you really start piling on the nutrients. For example, this spaghetti salad recipe calls for grape tomatoes and English cucumbers. One cup of grape tomatoes is a mere 15 calories, is high in iron and dietary fiber, and very high in magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. One whole English cucumber is high in iron, calcium, dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and very high in magnesium and vitamin C. What’s more, an English cucumber is only eight calories. Can you imagine? Cucumbers are jam-packed with nutritional value, and only a few calories. These are just three of your spaghetti pasta salad ingredients, and already you can see just how healthy it is.

This easy, nutritious spaghetti pasta salad recipe comes from The Country Cook website, created and authored by Brandie, a wife and mom who is passionate about serving high-quality meals to her family and sharing her recipes with the world. Brandie specializes in good food that’s easy to get on the table, no matter how busy or hectic our lives may be. At the Country Cook, you can find quick and easy recipes for every meal, holiday, or special occasion. Whether you’re looking for appetizers, breads, rolls, sandwiches, desserts, breakfast ideas, or slow cooker recipes, Brandie’s got you covered. She also provides you with a long list of main meals, drinks, sandwiches, sides, soups, salads, and dressings to choose from. There’s something here to meet every need of the day.

Nutrition Facts for:Easy Spaghetti Salad from The Country Cook
Ingredients: Spaghetti, green pepper, red pepper red onion, English cucumber, grape tomatoes, olives, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning, garlic powder, Italian dressing.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 405, Calories from Fat 197, Total Fat 21.9g 34%, Saturated Fat 5.1g 25%,Cholesterol 91mg 30%, Sodium 1070mg 45%, Potassium 316mg 9%, Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%, Sugars 7.3g, Protein 11.0g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 13%, Iron 16%

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