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Sweet-and-Sour Squash Salad Recipe

Sweet-and-Sour Squash Salad Recipe

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.“
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD: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.

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CSheilds 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 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 59461
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"A big hit at potlucks!!"

Mrs. Bell 7 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 122606
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Always get compliments when I make this salad!"

lorriej58 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 148066
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

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

downs5 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 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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