Spanish Olive Pasta Salad and 10 Other Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipes

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Spanish Olive Pasta Salad
Spanish Olive Pasta Salad | Source

Pasta salad is both delicious and economical. It can be created using one or more types of pasta. It is often served chilled as an appetizer, a side dish or a main course.

A pasta salad is often thought to be a spring or summertime dish or meal, but because of its tremendous versatility it can be served year round. A pasta salad can consist of no more than a cold pasta and mayonnaise (Miracle Whip is often used), or it can include any number of ingredients including olives, cheese, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, meats, seafood and/or legumes. Other dressing ingredients such as oils, vinegar, lemon juice and fresh herbs may also be included.

Spanish Olive Pasta Salad


  • 12 oz. vermicelli or spaghetti
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced, including greens
  • 3/4 cup Spanish olives with pimientos, sliced or pieces
  • 3-4 - 1 1/2 cup Miracle Whip, per taste and creaminess
  • 3/4 t. seasoning salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 t. paprika, or to taste
  • 3/4 t. salt, or to taste

Prepare pasta per package directions. I must admit, I like to break the pasta into 4 pieces before preparing it. It makes it easier to eat. (I am not Italian and do not do the fork swirling thing very well, and the other ingredients tend to fall off.) I break it while still in the bag by pressing part of it over the edge of the counter. I do this 3 times along the length of the pasta breaking each into four pieces.

Measure out Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.
Measure out Olive Oil and Lemon Juice. | Source

While pasta is cooking, combine lemon juice and olive oil.

Measure out salt, season salt, and paprika.
Measure out salt, season salt, and paprika. | Source

Combine seasoning salt, paprika and salt.

Slice Green Onions
Slice Green Onions | Source

Clean and prepare green onions. Slice onions and be sure to include the greens.

Chop Celery
Chop Celery | Source

Chop celery. To make the pieces small, I first cut the celery stalk length-wise 2-4 times, then slice across those pieces.

Add oil and lemon juice.
Add oil and lemon juice. | Source

Drain pasta after cooking time has elapsed. Immediately stir in oil and lemon juice.

Add celery, olives and onions.
Add celery, olives and onions. | Source

Measure out olives.

Add celery, sliced onions and green olives. Mix well.

Add Miracle Whip, salts and paprika.
Add Miracle Whip, salts and paprika. | Source

Add Miracle Whip and salt and paprika mixture. Mix well.

Serve and Enjoy!
Serve and Enjoy! | Source

Garnish with leftover olives and pimentos as desired.

Tastes good warm or cold. Serve and Enjoy!

10 More Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipes

Included ingredients are listed with each description to enable you to see if you have the ingredients on hand to create a great salad that can serve as a vegetarian main dish, or a vegetarian side dish.

  • Scrumptious Salad! Recipe -

    Sun-dried tomatoes and mango add a unique flavor to this scrumptious pasta salad. This one will tickle your tastebuds and leave you wanting more. This salad can also be served as a light entrée. Ingredients include: penne pasta, mango, tomatoes, avocado, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, Parmesan cheese, and basil pesto.

  • Greek Orzo Salad Recipe -

    This pasta salad has a unique texture that only orzo can impart. Orzo is tossed with its special blend of ingredients and a zesty dressing. Ingredients include: orzo pasta, marinated artichoke hearts, tomato, cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, black olives, fresh parsley, lemon juice, dried oregano, and lemon pepper.

  • Vegetarian Olive and Feta Pasta Recipe - Italian Olive and Feta Pasta Recipe

    This delightful salad can be served hot for dinner or cold for as a side-dish pasta salad. This is a quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe is suitable for the needs of children and is full of healthy fiber and protein. Ingredients include: spiral pasta, tomatoes, chopped garlic, cucumber, roasted red pepper, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives, cannellini beans, lemon, olive oil, crumble feta cheese, salt and pepper.

  • Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe - Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe - Vegan Asparagus Pasta Salad - Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

    This asparagus pasta salad with tomatoes and fresh parsley is both vegetarian and vegan. It is finished off with a very quick and easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Ingredients include: bowtie, shell or macaroni pasta, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, fresh parsley, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried basil, salt and pepper.

  • Dilly Veggie Pasta Salad Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes

    A truly unusual taste in pasta salad fares. Ingredients include: shell pasta, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, black olives, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dill weed, dried oregano, salt and pepper.

  • Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes

    The grilled vegetables add a special taste to this beautiful pasta salad. Ingredients include: fettuccine, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, eggplant, onions, cooking spray, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic clove, Italian seasoning, fresh parsley, salt, coarsely ground pepper, and crushed dried rosemary.

  • Vegetarian Summer Salad Recipe: Bean Salad Recipe, Tasty Pasta Salad

    Tasty Pasta Salad, vegetarian summer salad recipe with feta option for lacto-veg from Savvy Vegetarian Recipes. Ingredients include: spiral or penne pasta, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, celery, carrots, green beans, red or green bell pepper, olive oil, fresh ginger, garlic cloves, fresh parsley, Greek or regular olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, lemon juice, fresh or dried basil, fresh or dried marjoram, fresh or dried thyme, salt and pepper.

  • Garlicky Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe |

    This hearty pasta salad has a Mediterranean flair. Ingredients include: fusilli or spiral pasta, grilled antipasto vegetables (red bell peppers, red onions, Portobello caps, asparagus), crumbled feta cheese, fresh basil, kalamata olives, Serrano chile pepper, salt, garlic cloves, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and anchovy paste.

  • Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta | Eating Well

    This is truly an exciting and filling pasta dish. We like it over angel hair pasta, but any type of pasta will work. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a mixed green salad. Ingredients include: olive oil, eggplant, garlic cloves, tomatoes, green olives, red-wine vinegar, capers, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, whole-wheat angel hair pasta, and fresh parsley or basil.

  • Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Chickpeas | Eating Well

    The assertive flavors of broccoli rabe and rosemary are paired with sturdy chickpeas in this satisfying pasta dish. Ingredients include: orecchiette or chiocciole, broccoli rabe, chicken flavored broth, flour, olive oil, garlic cloves, dried or fresh rosemary, chickpeas, red-wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

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Comments: "Spanish Olive Pasta Salad and 10 Other Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipes" 27 comments

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Linda Bliss 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for answering my question about pasta salads! Now I have a whole bunch of them to choose from for my lunch box - great! Voted up and shared.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This is a great recipe with lots of calories. We love Olives and the presentation was greatly laid out. Wish Team HP could set up an scripting button for tasting. If you are able to upload a pic...why not the taste and flavoring? Voila!~


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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

hmmm nice hub. you are right that"A pasta salad is often thought to be a spring or summertime dish or meal, but because of its tremendous versatility it can be served year round".

pics made the recipie more easy to understand and interesting.

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Well done I hope you do mind... I have invited the entire hub community over to test each one of these... See everyone at Cindy's ....looks awesome like always...

Hugs from Canada

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My I love this hub. I love love love pasta. and Spanish olives.,great hub ..

voted up and useful and interesting


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

The challenge is over! Time to catch up on some things like answering comments!

Linda Bliss - So glad you asked the question. You might watch for another that I plan to write about pasta salad containing meat. Thanks for asking a great question.

lord de cross - After my husband got finished with it there was not much left for tasting. He was complaining that I had not made enough. LOL

uzma shaheen - Pasta salads are indeed great to eat year round. Glad you appreciated the pics.

Rolly - After this 30/30 I think I am going on an extended vacation. Not sure when I'll be back... otherwise I would love to have the whole? community over. (Don't call me, I'll call you!) LOL On a more serious note, thanks so much for all the support you have given me on this journey. I really appreciate it. You have been wonderful.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This sounds excellent and the Spanish olives and pimentos add an exotic flair to it. I imagine it can be used with any type of pasta, not just the long, thin kinds. Voting this Up and Useful.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Cindy...this is one awesome receive. Loved reading it and will give it a shot.

5 stars :)

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Deborah Brooks - I hope you get a chance to try it. I am sure I will be making it soon again. My husband was complaining because it is all gone.

alocsin - I would think it could be made with any kind of pasta. I love olives as well.

Ruchira - I hope you like this pasta salad as much as we do.

Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I love pasta salads! This sounds so right for summer weather, especially since it the tang of lemon is so great in warm weather.

Your hubs are always spectacular - thanks for yet another winner!

Voted up, awesome, useful and SHARED!

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amberld 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

This looks great! I love olives so much and have never put them together in pasta before. Voted up and Shared!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great recipie! I love all kinds of pasta salad. This makes me hungry.. I will have to try it. Well done!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Marcy - The olives add a very special and unique flavor as well. So glad you enjoyed this one.

amberld - If you love olives, you definitely have to try this recipe.

tammyswallow - I hope you try it and return to let us know how you liked it.

Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Looks yummy! I'm going to have to take this recipe for a test drive. Thanks for sharing! :)

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. My husband complained that I did not make enough of this this time! LOL

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Just_Rodney 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Thanks for these recipes, some very interesting flavour combinations and textures.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

I agree, there are definitely some very interesting combinations in these recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love pasta and I really enjoy your recipe. I can't wait to make it soon and share with mom. Take care and rated up!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

prasetio30 - I hope you really enjoy this recipe. Thanks so much!

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vegetarianceleste 4 years ago from San Francisco

Your Spanish olive & pasta salad is very well presented - I'll be trying this myself soon - voted up!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

vegetarianceleste - I hope that when you have a chance to try this that you return to let me know how you liked it. Thanks so much!

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow these look good and so easy, thank you!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jackie - I am going to make it again very soon - I think tomorrow. My husband has been asking for it again! I hope you have a chance to give it a try!

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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I am always searching for new pasta salads for the summer and I am going to try this one. It looks very good and easy to prepare. Voted up and useful.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Angela - My husband and I really enjoy this one. When I make it, it never hangs around long!

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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi. Cindy. I love pasta salad , and this recipe looks easy to prepare. I like my salad pretty dry,while salads you buy in stores are wet with dressing. It takes away from the taste of ingredients. Thank you for sharing, and I am pinning your tasty well written hub. Blessings. Audrey

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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

I like drier salads as well, because like you, I like to taste the ingredients. I hope you enjoy this one.

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