Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe

Creative dishes filled with fresh veggies makes every event a hit! In today’s post, I share the most requested recipe from my family and friends to bring to summer events.  My Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe has been a favorite of mine since I enjoyed it as a kid.

Aunt Mary Pasta Salad Recipe

Aunt Marys Fresh Pasta Salad

The cold pasta and fresh homegrown veggies help get the party started. The recipe is super easy to prepare.  I like to keep the cost down by using vegetables from my home garden.  You can make this dish especially when you use spaghetti pasta for around $5.  I hope you will check out the recipe and give it a try.  Be sure to share on social media tagging me @brenhaas.

Aunt Mary's Pasta Salad


Aunt Mary's Pasta Salad


  • 16 oz package of thin spaghetti noodles (prepared as directed on box).
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 2 large (4 oz) vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 12 oz of Italian salad dressing
  • 4 tablespoons of Salad Supreme herbs
  • Optional - 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese.


  1. Cook pasta as directed on the box and rinse in cold water until cool.
  2. Add salad dressing and onion and let sit in the refrigerator over night.
  3. Prepare the veggies as listed in ingredients above.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.


If you are taking this as a dish to an event you can leave vegetables diced on top of noodle mix - mix in when you arrive at your event to prevent the cucumbers and tomatoes from getting soggy.

This recipe has been updated over the years to fit what I have on hand.  It is always a good thing when you can keep the cost down and use what you have on hand.  In this recipe, I try my best to make this for events when I am harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers from my home garden.  You can also use store-bought but the flavor is a little different.

Highlights From The Kitchen

Images below are from my kitchen while I mix up this recipe.  I hope you will check out the images featuring tips below.   My Aunt Mary originally used Fetichini pasta in this dish.  Over the years I changed it to spaghetti because it is cheaper and easier to find.  Also, many of the folks who have made my recipes prefer the cheaper noodle.

Seasoning Makes The Difference 

Be sure to use your favorite Italian dressing and almost sprinkle McCormick Salad Seasoning on top!

ingredients on the counter

Let’s Connect

I would love to know if you used this recipe at your latest event.  Be sure to comment on my post and reach out to me on my social media @brenhaas.

Happy Aunt Mary Pasta Making,

Bren Haas


6 thoughts on “Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. It’s on the menu this week for sure…Love light, easy to make meals as the weather warms up here. You web site is like reading from the pages of a first class Magazine….Love it Bren

  2. I love fresh salads like this. I wish you would put a link to your herb oil recipe from this post… I am going to search for it now… love herby vinegrettes 😉

    • Sorry I forgot to link the herb oil… thanks for the heads up. Here it is : Making Herb Oil.

      Thanks again for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what you share next on your fabulous cooking pages!

  3. Great recipe! Hope you will consider participating in this month’s Grow Your Own blogging event.


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