Capsicum and Broccoli Pasta Salad

    2 hours 35 minutes

    This is a great springtime or summer dish for a party or a family picnic. I used this recipe to feed over 100 people and it went over fabulously.

    30 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 500g spaghetti
    • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
    • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 1 red capsicum, chopped
    • 1 orange capsicum, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 head fresh broccoli, chopped
    • 2 cups (400ml) Italian-style salad dressing

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours35min 

    1. Cook spaghetti in a large pot with boiling salted water. Rinse with cool water, drain.
    2. Place grated Parmesan cheese, sesame and poppy seeds, seasoning salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chopped cucumber, onion, red and orange capsicum, tomatoes and broccoli in a large bowl.
    3. To large bowl add cooled pasta. Pour entire bottle of Italian dressing over pasta and vegetables. Mix well.
    4. Refrigerate pasta salad for at least 2 hours. Serve.

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    I doubled this recipe and took it to a birthday party. The dad ate about 4 helpings. I then told them I'd leave the left overs. It did take a while to chop all the vegetables, I added green pepper because the store was out of red and I forgot to add the tomato. Which was perfect because the mom does like them at all. I refrigerated this overnight and added a little extra italian dressing 1/2 hour before serving. Doubling doesn't really require 2 full bottles of dressing. Save it to zest it up right before serving. I'm making it again this weekend and I'm adding the red pepper and tomato.  -  31 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Easy and fast. I omitted the peppers, changed grated Parmesan cheese to 2 tbls, reduced salt to 1 tsp., added 1/4 tsp. garlic salt & 1/2 tsp. celery seed, used "1 1/2 cups" chopped broccoli and used Zesty Italian dressing. Delicious  -  09 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've notice this and it sounds delicious, I just wanted to add that instead of would be interesting to use linguine and maybe even add Salad's flavorful.  -  24 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)