1157 It is Memorial Day Weekend and that alone takes me back to so many great family BBQ’s and Picnics. In Michigan, the weekend marks the opening of the lakes and beaches. The last frost is hopefully behind us and the planting season is in full swing this weekend. My garden is definitely going in.

Memorial Day, is kicked off with parades and small town festivals that commemorate those who have died while serving our Country. There is a parade through our town that stops at Lakeside Cemetery. The marching band will lead our Veterans, police and firefighters through town to this Cemetery where all will gather to pay their respects to those who have fallen. While my family goes every year and every year, we honor those who have died serving their fellow American, we also stop to pay our respects to my Aunt Cindy. She too is buried at the Lakeside Cemetery in our little town.

My Aunt battled Breast Cancer many years ago, well before the fight to cure had been taken on by the nation. She was an early fighter. Under Strong Woman and Mother in the dictionary, is a picture of  her. This salad is her recipe and one that I simply can not make without being transported in time to a place of laughter and picnics, family, food and Bocce Ball. In my large, close knit family,  we take  our celebrations seriously.  This spaghetti salad is served at every get together. Shoot, I believe it has made appearances at Thanksgiving and Christmas a time or two even.

Spaghetti Salad

Meal type Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue


  • 1lb Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (diced)
  • Kalamata Olives (diced)
  • 1lb Mozzerella Cheese (cubed or diced)
  • 1lb Smoked Ham (diced)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons Salad Supreme Seasonings (by McCormick)
  • 16oz Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (the whole bottle lol)


Step 1
Boil your pasta according to the package directions
Step 2
While the noodles are boiling, chop all of your veggies, cheese and ham. Set aside in a large bowl
Step 3
Once your noodles are cooked, drain...and in this case you can rinse them. Rinse with cold water until the pasta is chilled.
Step 4
Combine the pasta and the mix of veggies, ham and cheese. Top with the Salad Supreme seasoning.
Step 5
Next pour over the Italian salad dressing. Toss to combine and chill until you are ready to serve.
Step 6
I garnish mine with fresh basil

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend, filled with family, friends and fun! Let us take time from our busy schedules and remember those who have gone before us.



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  1. 5-26-2013

    What an inspirational story to go with this dish – thank you for sharing it :) Olives, mozzarella and peppers – I think I am in heaven!

  2. 5-26-2013

    What a beautiful, fresh summery dish, Shannon! I am sure your Aunt Cindy would be very pleased to know that she is remembered so fondly every time you make her salad.

  3. 5-26-2013

    This dish sounds deeelish! I haven’t used spaghetti in a pasta salad before, but now I want to try that out!

    • 5-26-2013

      lol It is not your average pasta in salads but it really is good. Adds some bulk without being overly filling. :)

  4. 5-26-2013

    I want to slurp those spaghetti noodles…NOW.

  5. 5-26-2013

    What a wonderful tribute to your aunt! Thanks for sharing your recipe and story!

    • 5-26-2013

      Thank you! I couldn’t do a Memorial Day post without her and her salad. It just wouldn’t have been the same.

  6. 5-26-2013

    Love it! My mom has made this before and it’s soooo addictive in a good way!

  7. 5-26-2013

    What a fantastic recipe, Shannon… love the use of spaghetti! And beautiful story of your Aunt and your family traditions.

  8. 5-26-2013

    Noodle/pasta salads are my favorite, especially for a picnic. Thanks for sharing this version.

  9. 5-26-2013

    Thank you for sharing your Aunts story and this recipe!

  10. 5-26-2013

    Perfect picnic salad! I haven’t thought of Zesty Italian in years…it used to be a staple in my childhood home :)

    • 5-26-2013

      I thought about trying to recreate it with my own dressing, but I couldn’t resist the classic lol

  11. 5-26-2013

    Love that this can be served hot or cold. Those are the best salads!!

  12. 5-26-2013

    I like that phrase, “Taking celebration seriously.” I think it’s so important to come to family gatherings with intentionality, joy, and our full presence. Love this.

    • 5-26-2013

      I agree. It is a time to set aside whatever worries in the world and just enjoy the simple things. Being together, in the moment. :)

  13. 5-26-2013

    All the goodness of spaghetti in a pasta salad form. Love it

  14. 5-26-2013

    what a great story and a beautiful salad :)

  15. 5-26-2013

    Oh yum, so easy and so delicious. Love the use of spaghetti rather than the usual smaller pasta.

    • 5-26-2013

      Thank you! It works really well. My husband was once skeptical of it and now he loves spaghetti salad :)

  16. 5-26-2013

    Never try spaghetti salad before, yours looks delicious.

  17. 5-26-2013

    This looks like a great version of pasta salad! I love all the brightly colored veggies in it.

    • 5-26-2013

      Thank You! The peppers work so well. I like to add tomatoes when they are in season. I just can’t bring myself to by them yet. :)

  18. 5-26-2013

    A wonderful story, and a delicious salad! You’re a great person

  19. 5-26-2013

    Love this salad! Pinning!

  20. 5-27-2013

    I just saw a salad similar to this at a picnic! Looks delicious!

  21. 5-27-2013

    Dear Shannon, This is special spaghetti. How beautiful of you to honor your Aunt Cindy…Thank you for your heartfelt serving and recipe =) Very much appreciate how you have honored those who serve America, too <3

  22. 5-27-2013

    A sweet tribute to your aunt and a wonderful salad for a picnic Shannon!

  23. 5-27-2013

    Shannon, I didn’t know you were from Michigan also! What part? I’m in Ferndale. Also – I love this cold spaghetti salad. It’s something I always enjoy when I see it show up at parties, but for some reason I never seem to think to make it for myself. That needs to change this summer :)

    • 5-27-2013

      Thank you. Im in Oakland County too, just way up at the top. lol Im in Holly. I love fashionably Ferndale. Small blogging/#SundaySupper world :)

      • 5-27-2013

        Very cool! Let me know next time you’re in Ferndale. We’ll meet up for some ice cream @ Treat Dreams :)

  24. 5-27-2013

    I seem to remember having a salad similar to this growing up, but it has been ages! It sounds so darn good, I’m definitely going to make it soon.

  25. 5-28-2013

    oh, I love this! I sometimes eat spaghetti cold! Give me spaghetti any way and I gobble it up. . I’m a pasta girl. . love this!

  26. 5-28-2013

    This really is one of my favorite summer salads. We make a similar version every year. Love it!

  27. 5-28-2013

    Mmm yeah I just love this salad. Everything about it.

  28. 5-28-2013

    Such an inspirational story! And this recipe sounds so good. I love all of the flavors.Yum!

  29. 5-28-2013

    Such a beautiful summery dish and so super easy too!! Love the veggies on there and cannot wait to serve this at our next party :)

  30. 5-28-2013

    What a great salad and tribute to your aunt. How wonderful food can bring back so many family memories.

  31. 5-30-2013

    What a touching, inspiring post, Shannon! Your Aunt Cindy would be so pleased that her delicious dish still brings you and your family so much joy. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with your loved ones, enjoying good food and company!


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