Sweet-and-Sour Squash Salad Recipe
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Sweet-and-Sour Squash Salad Recipe

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Chock-full of color and crunch, this salad is the cherished family recipe of 85-year-old Opal Shipman in Levelland, Texas. “It always goes over real well with all ages,“ Opal says, “and it's a good way to get kids to eat squash.“ OPAL'S TIP. “When fixing this salad for myself or other seniors who are also diabetic, I simply substitute my sweetener for the sugar.“
Recommended: 30 Fall Harvest Salads
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup each chopped green and sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the yellow squash, zucchini, celery, onion and peppers. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over vegetables and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Squash Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p27

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CSheilds User ID: 7314276 62068
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"I made this for a side at a BBQ this past weekend, and it was a big hit - even among non-veggie lovers. It was very refreshing and light. I was originally planning to maybe steam the squash, but sliced it thin, left it raw, and it was perfect. Very colorful and pretty dish too."

marruss1739 User ID: 4937880 128343
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"I had a potluck dinner to go to and had to work. that morning I made this salad and let it sit in the fridge until the dinner. talk about easy. I had never made it but it went together like a snap!! I came home with no salad everyone wanted the recipe."

deltasp99 User ID: 7285660 59461
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"A big hit at potlucks!!"

Mrs. Bell 7 User ID: 3928606 128336
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"A new family favorite! Easy to prepare, and tastes great. I'll be using the dressing on other salads as well."

Krissy31 User ID: 6132832 122606
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Always get compliments when I make this salad!"

lorriej58 User ID: 918562 148067
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"I made this salad for a family cookout and everyone loved it. I am emailing it to them.

Lorrie NH"

DBoyer User ID: 427662 148066
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"Cut the recipe down so that it makes just enough for yourself."

downs5 User ID: 1268094 75455
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2008

"This squash salad was great! Mine did not get soggy and stayed crunchy even after a second day in the refrigerator. It does make a lot, so it is a good side dish to bring to a family function."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 142040
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2008

"I loved this salad! The only problem was that it made a lot and my kids and husband did not care for it. Way too much for just myself. It did get a little soggy after being in the fridge for 5 hours. This probably would not be one to keep in the fridge for more than a day if you like your squash and zucchini with some crunch. I will be making this again, but I will have to make it for a social or function so I can share it with others that will eat it, as my family won't."

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