This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Shelly’s Spaghetti Pasta Salad is a light and vibrant pasta salad made with thin spaghetti noodles, olive oil, seasoned salt, lemon juice, and fresh crunchy garden veggies. It’s always a hit when entertaining and perfect for a crowd!

A bowl filled with Shelly\'s Spaghetti Pasta Salad with black olives and chopped bell peppers

Shelly’s Pasta Salad is a delicious & simple angel hair pasta with a light marinade (dressing) and bright fresh veggies.

First, I must tell you all who Shelly is. Shelly is my sister Lauren’s mother in law. So that makes her family. Us southerner’s kind of just do that, whether ya like it or not! I have to say I always felt I had the best in law’s in the entire world. But my sister got lucky too! Being blessed with family that loves us beyond measure is so wonderful.

Now we feel Shelly’s Pasta Salad is a one of her best qualities! Ha Ha – not really, she is the greatest and oh so sweet, but we really like it a lot (In my best Jim Carey accent).

Everyone loves this and it is gobbled up! Even Drew (my son) eats this and he doesn’t like green peppers, olives, or onions. Yes, it is that good!! This on is a hit all summer long when we get together around the pool, on a picnic or just a spontaneous Sunday family dinner.

It really is easy to make, but oh so tasty. According to her strict instructions this is a 3-day process (That’s the secret). Since I was making this in “Blog time”, I cheated and made it all in one day. It turned out “almost” as good as Shelly’s, but the second day it tasted just like hers – shhhh don’t tell her I cheated – wink wink.

What ingredients are needed for Spaghetti Pasta Salad?

  • Thin Spaghetti Noodles or Angel Hair Pasta
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Red & Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Black Olives
  • Celery
A bowl filled with Shelly\'s Spaghetti Pasta Salad with black olives and chopped bell peppers

How to Make Spaghetti Pasta Salad

Step 1 | Mix Pasta in Marinate and Refrigerate Overnight

(Shelly’s Recipe call to make this on DAY 1)

  • Mix the Marinade (Dressing)
  • Boil Pasta to al dente & Drain Water from the Pasta
  • Put Pasta in large airtight container with lid. Pour on marinade and shake.
  • Refrigerate
  • Every once in a while, shake it again

Step 2 | Add Veggies

(Shelly’s Recipe call to make this on DAY 2)

  • Cut and add all the veggies
  • Place lid back on container and shake
  • Then Shake every once in a while for good measure and taste
  • Marinate overnight

Shelly says don’t forget the shaking 😉

Step 3 | Toss Pasta Salad and Serve

(Shelly’s Recipe call to make this on DAY 3)

  • Eat it all up
  • Shelly waits an extra day and does this on day 3.  I did this at blog speed and added my veggies in the early morning and served later in the day and it was delicious. – I do this on the 2nd day.
Fork Full of Spaghetti Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies in a BLue Bowl

This pasta is so versatile and is perfect with a variety of menus, YA GOTTA LOVE THAT. You may just find it debuting on many of your menus too!

Perfect Additions to your Summer Menu

Hungry for more easy, home-cooked, delicious recipes?

Sign up for my free recipe club to get family-friendly recipes in your inbox each week! Find me sharing daily meal-time inspiration on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

A bowl filled with Shelly's Spaghetti Pasta Salad with black olives and chopped bell peppers
4.86 from 14 votes

(click stars to rate)

Spaghetti Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 day
Servings: 12
Author: Nikki Lee
This Spaghetti Pasta Salad is a light and vibrant pasta salad made with thin spaghetti noodles, olive oil, seasoned salt, lemon juice, and fresh crunchy garden veggies. It's always a hit when entertaining and perfect for a crowd!
Add to Shopping List


Marinade (Dressing)

  • 2 tbsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti noodles
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 6.5 ounce cans black olives, sliced (I used 1 & 1/2- 3.8 ounce & topped with remaining for garnish)
  • ¾ cups red onion, diced , (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup celery, diced


Marinate Pasta in Dressing – Shelly’s Instructions make 2 Days before Serving

  • Mix up pasta marinade (dressing).
  • Cook Pasta according to package to al dente (do not add salt to water) and drain. Do NOT rinse. Pour immediately in an air tight bowl with lid. Pour on marinade (dressing), toss to mix up and coat pasta. Refrigerate over night. Every once in a while give the bowl a shake to coat pasta.

Pasta Salad – Shelly’s Instructions make 1 Day before Serving

  • Add celery, onion, red & green bell peppers,& olives. Shake in bowl.  Refrigerate Overnight. Every once in a while give the bowl a shake to coat pasta. 
  • Toss before serving and garnish as desired.


I made the pasta marinade in the morning the day before serving. Refrigerated for 2 hours. Added veggies, shook it up. Back into refrigerator. Shaking periodically when I thought about it. Then tasted early that evening. It was wonderful. Even better the next day. 
If you are crunched for time, it is still very good the day of. But this is a great make ahead pasta – Just like Shelly Makes it is the BEST! Super easy and light! Our family can’t get enough of it!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 191kcal (10%) Carbohydrates: 30g (10%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 5g (8%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Sodium: 1174mg (51%) Potassium: 149mg (4%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 255IU (5%) Vitamin C: 15.3mg (19%) Calcium: 14mg (1%) Iron: 0.6mg (3%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

©️Soulfully Made

Did You Make This?I love to see what you made! Tag me @soulfullymade_ and hashtag #SoulfullyMade
Pin Recipe Tag on Insta Share on Facebook Leave Review

Please share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. I made this yesterday. Yummy, however…I personally believe you should use half the amount of spaghetti or double all the veggies. I have way more noodles to pasta. Also, I added more lemon juice, but my lemons were on the small side.

  2. 5 stars
    This salad is bright and beautiful! It’s going to be perfect for our summer potlucks and picnics!

  3. 5 stars
    I saw this recipe on IG and had to check out the details. What a simple marinade and I love cold pasta salads. This is happing this week to share with guests we’re having over the weekend. I have plenty of time to follow Shelly’s 3-day process!

    1. I was so thrilled when Shelly shared this one with me! It’s always a hit. Although, I do usually skip a day and cheat lol!

  4. 5 stars
    Served this over the weekend at a family cookout and it was the first thing gone!! Great recipe!!

    1. I am so glad everyone enjoyed it! I love that it was a hit! Thank you so much for sharing it with friends <3

  5. 5 stars
    I made it two days ahead and cant believe how yummy the marinade was and how it really got into the pasta! I LOVED it!! Definitely making this again!

    1. It’s amazing the flavor by letting it marinate! So good and a nice light one that doesn’t lack in flavor!

  6. 5 stars
    I love the clean simplicity of this salad! It will be perfect with our grilled chicken this weekend!

    1. It is amazing how delicious it is for such simple ingredients! Nice and light and perfect for summer!

  7. 5 stars
    Fun!! Why have I never thought to use spaghetti in a pasta salad. Great simple recipe … my kind of summer cooking!

    1. I know we leave that noodle out of the pasta mix too often. It’s perfect for the summer heat too!

  8. 4 stars
    I love pasta salad – of course, I may be the only one in my house – but if I find a pasta salad at a potluck, it is on my plate. This one looks delicious. And the idea of using spaghetti noodles is great. If you have leftover noodles from Friday night spaghetti, then you have pasta salad for Sunday. Great use of leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I make a very similar spaghetti pasta salad – but the dressing is completly different! Love the addition of Lawry’s! Yum!

  10. This is perfect for a labor day gathering. I love dishes you can make ahead of time so you don’t have to mess with them when you have guests.

  11. Wow Nikki, that really does look bright and fresh. Very pretty salad. That’s what I love about most salads. They are naturally just so appealing to the eye, and look so fresh and inviting. Yum!