Recipe by Julesong
An unusual combination that works quite well! The subtle taste of the spaghetti squash goes well with the stronger tastes of feta, kalamata olives, and oregano. From Cooking Light, 1998. Serves 4 as a main dish, or 8 as a side dish. Prep time includes chilling.
Top Review by skimw
I recently made this to take to a dinner and it was wonderful - everyone wanted some of the leftovers and the recipe. The only changes I made based on the reviews I read here were to add fresh basil and increase the balsamic vinegar - I used 1T.
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (crushed in your hand before adding)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups cooked spaghetti squash, cut to desired lengths
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1⁄4 cup diced green bell pepper (or red/yellow/orange if you don't like green)
- 1⁄4 cup diced red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (chickpeas)
Directions See How It's Made
- (To cook the spaghetti squash, if you haven’t yet: preheat oven to 350 degrees F; slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds; poke holes all over the squash with the tip of a knife; spray a cooking sheet with pan spray and bake the squash halves face down for 30 to 40 minutes or until easily pierced by a fork; let cool until they can be handled, then gently scoop out the insides with a fork – they will form into spaghetti-like strands).
- In a bowl, combine the vinegars, olive oil, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and garlic and whisk well.
- In another bowl, combine the squash, tomato, cucumber, feta, bell pepper, onion, onions, olives, and garbanzo beans, then add the whisked vinegar mixture and toss well.
- Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.