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Cool Cucumber Pasta Recipe

Cool Cucumber Pasta Recipe

From Concordia, Missouri, field editor Jeanette Fuehring reports, "People say this salad is crispy, sweet and refreshingly different."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl; stir in the oil, cucumbers and onion.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 226 calories, 2g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein

Reviews for Cool Cucumber Pasta

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Very good."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"This is one of favorite summer salads--an absolutely declicious way to us up an abundance of cucumbers from our garden. My husband likes it as much as the marinated cucumbers and onions his mom always made. I've made it for reunions, picnics, church potlucks and many other occasions and it's never failed to elicit great reviews. Thanks to my fellow Missourian for sharing the recipe!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"First, this recipe makes twice as much dressing as is needed for this amount of pasta and veggies! Also found that our family just doesn't care for sweet pasta salad. But I did like the dressing itself and will probably use it as a vinaigrette for green salad sometime in the future. I think it's light but almost honey-mustard taste would be great especially on a green salad topped with fruit and nuts."

Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"I, too, got this recipe years ago from one of my Taste of Home Magazines. I have made it numerous times and everyone absolutely loves it and request that I give them the recipe. Delicious."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"This is a summer favorite for our family! I add some diced tomatoes to it for a little extra color!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

"I got this recipe years ago when subscribed to the magazine. It has since become a family favorite at get togethers. I make it with rotini pasta when I make it. The rotini holds the juices of the dressing much better."

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"Love this cool, sweet & tangy summer salad! Refreshing & requested at every BBQ! Even my toddler will eat it! I like to add (1) can drained corn and chopped red pepper for color & crunch. Yes, there is a lot of 'sauce' which is intended to be a thin marinade (not a thick sauce) and there is supposed to be a lot of it for the pasta & veggies to soak in. Reminds me of marinated green bean salad my mother used to make. Perfect in summer but so good you'll want it year round!"

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"Good recipe!! similar tp one I make. I add cherry or grape tomatoes halved in mine and use 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of Splenda."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"It had too much sauce and was very watery, and it was too sweet for my family. Tweaking the sauce could make this a much better recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"This is easy and wonderful. I'm always happy to find new recipes that lots of people will like. Thank you for sending it in!!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"I make this dish for every social at church and everyone loves it!"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2009

"This is delicious! Whole family loved it! Reminiscent of the old cucumber and onions mixed with vinegar and sugar we used to have in the 60's on a warm night for supper!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2007

"best recipe ever!!! keeps forever!"

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