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Spicy Spaghetti Salad

Spicy Spaghetti Salad with baby spinach and Parmesan tossed in a spicy olive oil dressing.

Spaghetti Salad

Wondering what to do with leftover spaghetti? The day after spaghetti night I make a warm spaghetti salad. I toss my leftover spaghetti noodles in olive oil and herbs and lay them in a bed of spinach with shaved Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, and toasted bread. The red pepper flakes give the spaghetti salad a spicy kick. You can control the spiciness by adding more or less of the red pepper flakes.

Ingredients for Spicy Spaghetti Salad

  • Cooked spaghetti noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Dried thyme
  • Red pepper flakes or to taste
  • Baby spinach
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Toasted garlic bread
Spaghetti Salad

How to Make Spicy Spaghetti Salad

To plate this dish, start with a bed of baby spinach. Center the spaghetti noodles in the center and surround the noodles with the grape tomatoes, toasted garlic bread, and shaved Parmesan cheese. When you are ready to dive in, I use a knife and cut up the salad while mixing it all together. Be sure to have a glass of wine and enjoy!

Spaghetti Salad
5 from 3 votes

Spaghetti Salad

Spicy Spaghetti Salad with baby spinach and Parmesan tossed in a spicy olive oil dressing.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword spaghetti salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 2
Author Stephanie Jackson


  • 3 cups cooked spaghetti noodles
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • shaved Parmesan cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • toasted garlic bread


  1. Cook spaghetti according to the package.
  2. In a mixing bowl toss together the warm spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
  3. How to plate:
  4. In each bowl place a handful of baby spinach.
  5. Divide noodles and place in the center on top of the spinach in each bowl.
  6. Add shaved Parmesan, grape tomatoes and toasted bread around the spaghetti noodles.
  7. Serve immediately.
5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

Nutmeg Nanny

Monday 4th of April 2016

What an awesome looking salad! LOVE that it's spicy :)

Melissa Falk

Monday 4th of April 2016

Love it. So simple and it never gets old. I love a lot of red pepper flakes and garlic in my pasta, too :)

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