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A Salad Solution to Left-over Spaghetti Noodles

Updated on April 28, 2014

Leftover Spaghetti Noodles?

If your house is like our house, the only thing left over from last night's spaghetti dinner is a ton of spaghetti noodles - no meat sauce, and may be just one slice of garlic bread. In our earlier years, the noodles used to sit covered in the refrigerator until it was found weeks later only to be tossed out. If your household is facing this same dilemma, let me share a favorite family recipe with you.

This spaghetti salad should be used in the same way that you would a macaroni salad. It's a little too rich to be eaten by itself, so it should be eaten with a full meal. For example, it can bring a dish like hamburger steak with gravy and rice together. Place a scoop of spaghetti salad over a few leaves of lettuce to give this meal the right balance. If you've ever had a Hawaiian plate lunch, you should understand the concept perfectly.

Since you've already cooked the spaghetti noodles, there really isn't anything to cook - and that's the best thing about this dish. It's fast and easy, and doesn't take a whole lot of effort.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 oz per person


  • Canned tuna
  • Celery, chopped fine
  • Onion, chopped fine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Leftover Spaghetti Noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Add a quick swizzle of olive oil to your cooked spaghetti noodles and mix to ensure an even coating. This will help the noodles to stay moist and not dry out. It will also cut the amount of mayonnaise that you would add to counter it drying out.
  2. Mix the tuna and mayonnaise and mix it into the noodles. Stir in the remaining ingredients, and add garlic salt and pepper to taste. That's it - place in refrigerator to cool until you're ready to serve.

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Where does spaghetti originate from?

Well, it's kind of a loaded question... Everyone knows that the noodle was already in China hundreds of years BC. This is documented in historic journals by scribes and such, and although noodles had later made it's way to Italy eventually through the centuries, there was no tomato sauce - simply because there were no tomatoes in Europe.

It wasn't until the explorers dicsovered the Americas when tomatoes were first brought back to Europe. The leggy plant was not used for food at first, but for it's ornamental beauty (huh?). Someone brave finally made the connection that tomatoes were edible, and the rest is culinary history. The sauces were eventually made, and viola, spaghetti was served.


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    • KawikaChann profile image

      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks, yeah, works every time, especially for the next night's dinner. Peace. Kawi.

    • Magdaleine profile image

      Magdaleine 5 years ago

      smart idea :) will keep canned tuna at home in case I have left over spaghetti noodles..


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