Spaghetti Squash and California Avocado Salad

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 Spaghetti Squash and California Avocado Salad

Like a delicious pasta salad without the pasta, this colorful vegetarian recipe combines spaghetti squash, Fresh California Avocados and more.


Serves: 4
    Avocado Oil Vinaigrette (see make-ahead recipe below)
  medium spaghetti squash
  mushrooms, sliced
1/2    red bell pepper, stemmed and julienne-sliced
1/2    green bell pepper, stemmed and julienne-sliced
  (2.25-oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
  Salt and pepper, to taste
    Avocado Oil Vinaigrette Ingredients
1/4  cup  avocado oil or olive oil
1/4  cup  low-sodium vegetable broth
1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice
  cloves garlic, crushed* (can use frozen crushed garlic)
tsp.  oregano
tsp.  basil
tsp.  rosemary
tsp.  dry mustard
1/2  tsp.  Worcestershire sauce

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Prepare Avocado Oil Vinaigrette up to 24 hours before serving; refrigerate.
  2. Halve squash lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place halves cut-side down in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer squash 20 minutes. Drain and cool squash. With a fork, pull off spaghetti-like stands of the squash and place in a large salad bowl.
  3. Mix together the squash, mushrooms, peppers, olives and avocado. Pour Avocado Oil Vinaigrette over; toss gently and serve with a slotted spoon.

Avocado Oil Vinaigrette Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients together in a lightly covered container. Refrigerate until chilled or up to 24 hours.

Serving Suggestions: Vary the recipe by adding other seasonal fresh vegetables. If you are pressed for time, substitute prepared Italian dressing to taste for the Avocado Oil vinaigrette.

Beverage Pairings: Nice with chilled sparkling water.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.


Calories 320; Total Fat 23 g (Sat 3 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 3.5 g, Mono 15 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 250 mg; Potassium 680 mg; Total Carbohydrates 29 g; Dietary Fiber 8 g; Total Sugars 10 g; Protein 5 g; Vitamin A 193 (IU); Vitamin C 5 mg; Calcium 22 mg; Iron 0.8 mg; Vitamin D 11 (IU); Folate 31 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.09 g Vitamin A 1014 (IU); Vitamin C 40 mg; Calcium 110 mg; Iron 2.9 mg; Vitamin D 1.9 (IU); Folate 80 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.7 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 70%; Calcium 10%; Iron 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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