Tomato Spiral Toss Recipe
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Tomato Spiral Toss Recipe

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"When my husband and I don't have a lot of time, we fix this pleasing pasta dish," remarks Nicole Lynch of Powell River, British Columbia. It's easy to prepare...and easy on the pocketbook at 42 cents a serving. The price comes down even more if you use homegrown tomatoes from your garden.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 237 calories, 11g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes and basil in a serving bowl; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain pasta; add to tomato mixture. Drizzle with oil mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tomato Spiral Toss in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p51

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vbag User ID: 1135425 203817
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"I love the meld of flavors in this recipe; however, I wanted to make it bolder with some meat and use it as a main dish. I tried chunks of roasted chicken. Perfect!"

Remenec User ID: 6059530 31976
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"The flavor combinations of the tomato, basil, and garlic work well together. I thought the dressing was a little lacking in flavor, however. Next time I would definitely use closer to 1/4 cup of canola oil, as I thought 1/2 cup was too much. Also, I added some Zesty Italian dressing to spice up the salad a little."

debluvscookin User ID: 4057729 203816
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Very good flavors. Would be good hot or cold. Add chicken for a chicken pasta salad."

cookingwamy User ID: 4246463 25743
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"I LOVE this recipe and have made it lots of times! The only things I do different is to let all the ingredients (except the pasta) sit together for a while to help blend the flavors and I add some cooked chicken sometimes. YUM!"

joememe348 User ID: 1904227 71875
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"P.S. It's much better with fresh basil!"

joememe348 User ID: 1904227 80105
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"Found this recipe several years ago and it is a family favorite especially in the summer when Jersey tomatoes are at their best. Anytime ive severed this to company, they've asked for the recipe."

rusty_angel User ID: 5000552 28627
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010


RowanA User ID: 3653498 203815
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I made this recipe for a party at work, everyone enjoyed and several people asked me for the recipe. I would definitely make this salad again."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 25736
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"It turns out to be room temperature because the tomatoes are cool and the pasta is hot. We like how it tastes and feels. It is also good chilled."

luckyladyx User ID: 1485042 102247
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"Is this recipe served cold?"

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