Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage
Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage has tomatoes, olives, and basil adding flavor; for fewer carbs use more sausage and olives and less spaghetti!
It’s a big party day at my house, and this delicious Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage is on the menu. When I tested the recipe with Jake, this salad was so good that after I sent most of the leftovers home with him, I had to make it again a few days later!
Today our family is celebrating graduations and birthdays, and I’m especially excited that my sister Laurel and her family are here from Oklahoma to attend the graduation of my niece Amanda from Snow College. They’ll be coming to the party and then spending the night at my house before they fly back home (and I am so thrilled to have a bigger house where there’s room for my family to stay!)
Utah is finally having pretty consistent warm weather, and this is a perfect salad for summer pot-lucks. I used my favorite Garofalo Organic Whole Wheat Italian Spaghetti, but you can use any kind of whole wheat pasta shape. To make a more carb-friendly version of pasta salad, I use less pasta and more of the other ingredients like turkey Italian Sausage, cherry tomatoes, and olives, and you can use even less spaghetti and more sausage and olives if you’d like.
I’m excited to have basil growing in my kitchen window, so I used that in the dressing, but you can use a few tablespoons of purchased or homemade Basil Pesto if you don’t have fresh basil. (If you have frozen basil or frozen pesto, this is a perfect use for it.) I’m sure this salad is going to be a repeater at my house; hope you like it!
How to Make Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Start a big pot of salted water boiling for the pasta, and break the spaghetti into pieces about 2 inches long.
- I’d use my favorite turkey Italian Sausage, but use pork sausage if you prefer. While the pasta water starts to boil, brown the sausage well on the outside.
- Drain the olives; then cut the olives and tomatoes in half.
- Cook the spaghetti until it’s barely al dente, and then rinse with cold water and drain well.
- As soon as the sausage is browned and has cooled enough, but it into thick slices and then brown again so the sausage is brown on all sides.
- I used the bowl of my Immersion Blender (affiliate link) to make the dressing, but you can whisk it together by hand and add finely chopped basil if you don’t have one.
- Put the drained spaghetti, olives, and tomatoes in a bowl pour over the dressing and gently toss.
- Mix in the cooled Italian sausage slices and toss again.
- Then add the chopped parsley, sliced green onions, and Parmesan and toss again.
- Season the salad with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste and serve (or you can make ahead and refrigerate for a few hours.)
More Whole Wheat Pasta Salad for Summer Parties:
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes, and Herb Dressing ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Tuna Pasta Salad with Green Olives ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Whole Wheat Orzo and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
- one 19.5 oz. package turkey Italian Sausage
- 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil, for browning the sausage
- 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti, broken into pieces about 2 inches long
- salt, for pasta cooking water
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- one 6 oz. can black olives
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 T coarsely grated fresh Parmesan (or more)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 2 T white balsamic vinegar (see notes)
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. dried Italian Herb Blend
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 12 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (see notes)
- Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large frying pan and start browning the sausage over medium heat.
- While sausage browns, break the spaghetti into pieces and start a big pot of water boiling to cook the pasta, adding a generous amount of salt to the water.
- When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta, reduce heat to a low boil, and cook pasta until it’s barely al-dente. (Check the package for cooking time; I cooked my spaghetti for exactly 9 minutes.)
- Drain the pasta into a colander placed in the sink, rinse with cold water, and let it drain well.
- As soon as the sausage is browned on all sides, remove from the pan and let cool until you can slice it.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
- Drain the olives and cut in half.
- Chop the parsley and slice the green onions and finely chop the basil (or measure the pesto if you don’t have fresh basil.)
- Cut the cooled sausage into thick slices, add a little more olive oil to the frying pan, and brown the sausage slices again on both sides. Let cool.
- While the sausage is cooling and pasta is draining, whisk or blend together the white balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, Italian herb blend, garlic powder, and olive oil to make the dressing.
- Then whisk or blend in the finely chopped basil (or basil pesto.)
- Put the cooled and drained spaghetti, sliced tomatoes, and sliced olives into a large bowl and gently toss with the dressing.
- Add the cooled and browned sausage slices and toss again, then add the chopped parsley, sliced green onion, and coarsely grated fresh Parmesan and toss again.
- Season the salad well with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve, or refrigerate for a few hours before serving. (Remember the pasta cooking water and the olives are salty, so it doesn’t need much salt.)
- I don’t normally like to refrigerate things with fresh tomatoes, but this salad was still really good after it had been in the fridge overnight.
I love Garofalo Organic Whole Wheat Italian Spaghetti, but you can make this with any kind of whole wheat pasta shape. White wine vinegar would work in this recipe if you don't have white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link). You can use about 2 T purchased or homemade basil pesto if you don’t have fresh basil.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1197mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 30g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
It’s important to use whole wheat pasta and low-fat turkey Italian sausage if you’re making this salad for the South Beach Diet, and my proportions which use less pasta and more low-glycemic ingredients make this salad more diet-friendly. Still, even with those adaptations, I’m guessing a salad like this is probably Phase 3 for the South Beach Diet, or maybe a small serving of this for Phase 2 if the rest of the meal was lower-carb foods. This can’t ever be a truly low-carb salad, but making the salad with the less spaghetti and more of and the other ingredients will make a lower-carb version.
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