Springtime Pasta Salad Recipe
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Springtime Pasta Salad Recipe

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This simple make-ahead salad is the perfect dish to prepare for a picnic, party or potluck. The dill in the dressing makes it extra refreshing. —Vicki Schrupp, Little Falls, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 cups spiral pasta
  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 141 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl. Add zucchini, olives, red pepper and onion. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Springtime Pasta Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p39

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Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"I use only a teaspoon of dill weed and omit the olives. You can also use cucumber instead of zucchini."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"Maybe it was the way I made it. I didn't put olives in and used low fat mayo, but this did not taste good."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This salad is good, but you can easily get more "mileage" out of it by adding an additional cup of pasta. The dressing ingredients yield plenty. And to make it easier on yourself, use a whole red pepper and a whole small onion. I omitted the dill weed & olives.

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"Awesome salad! The dressing was cool and mild. Made a few alterations: swapped cucumber for zucchini, used green onion, used a whole red pepper and took out the olives. Will make often!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"This is delicious. I added an extra cup of pasta because it seemed like there was too much dressing."

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