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Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad Recipe

Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad Recipe

Fresh garden vegetables add color and crunch to this attractive salad. Its pleasant vinaigrette-type dressing is sparked with ground mustard and garlic. I like the look of the tricolor spirals, but you can substitute other pasta shapes or use what you have on hand. -Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Place in a large serving bowl. Stir in the onion, tomato, cucumber, green pepper and parsley; set aside.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine the dressing ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with artificial sweetener equivalent to 1-1/2 cups sugar and without salt) equals 137 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad

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Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"Absolutely wonderful! I take it to every potluck and family picnic and never bring any home. Replacing the red onion with red pepper is good, too."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"Very good. It's a lot of sugar but it works in this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"would of gave this five stars,if i had left out the parsley,didn't care for the taste. next time i will leave it out. other wise it was good"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"With so much sugar and pasta is it really diabetic friendly ?"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"Easy and DELICIOUS! I love serving this salad, and friends are always requesting I make it and bring it to their party!"

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Is this really supposed to be 1-1/2 c. sugar?"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"Have made this recipe many times and is always a hit"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"Absolute favorite in my family, my daughter will eat the leftovers for breakfast!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009

"This is a very good salad!  And because it makes so much, it's perfect for potlucks and big family get togethers."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009

"This is a delicious salad. My family always requests this at every potluck get-together.

Carolyn Jollimore NS, Canada"

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