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Italian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-carb, low-calorie, and gluten-free substitute for regular wheat pasta. In this tasty vegan salad, tender strands of spaghetti squash are tossed with a flavorful assortment of Italian-inspired ingredients.
Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-carb, low-calorie, and gluten-free substitute for regular wheat pasta. In this tasty vegan salad, tender strands of spaghetti squash are tossed with a flavorful assortment of Italian-inspired ingredients.

Italian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

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  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash
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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
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  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or more to taste
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  •  1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
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  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
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  • 1/2 cup sliced, pitted Kalamata olives
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  • 1/4 cup finely shredded fresh basil
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  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
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  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
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  • Sprinkling of dried Italian seasoning

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
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  3. Prick squash all over with a fork and place in a baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until squash is soft when squeezed.
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  5. Set squash on a cutting board and let cool enough to handle. Use a sharp knife to cut squash in half lengthwise.
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  7. Scoop seeds out of squash then use a large fork to shred the squash into a large mixing bowl.
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  9. Add olive oil, vinegar, onion, peppers, olives, basil, and lemon zest, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
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  11. If you want to serve warm, immediately garnish with pine nuts and Italian seasoning. If you prefer a chilled salad, refrigerate for a few hours, garnishing with pine nuts and seasoning right before serving.

Cook’s note: You can also garnish with a sprinkling of vegan cheese or nutritional yeast to give this vegan salad a cheesy flavor.

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