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Creepy-Crawly Pasta Salad Recipe

Creepy-Crawly Pasta Salad Recipe

As a change of pace from pasta salads featuring Italian salad dressing or mayonnaise, our Test Kitchen developed a delicious sweet-and-sour dressing. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked fusilli or other spiral pasta
  • 1 medium zucchini, julienned
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup colossal ripe olives, halved
  • 3/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain well. Transfer to a large bowl. Add vegetables and olives.
  • 2. Place first seven dressing ingredients in a blender; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream; process until thickened. Add to salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each)

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 162 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013


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