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Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

This pasta salad is frequently requested at family get-togethers. The poppy seed dressing is also delicious in coleslaw or with a tossed salad.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:16-18 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie or small tube pasta
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add cheese, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and onions. In a blender, combine vinegar, sugar, garlic, onion, mustard and salt; gradually add oil, blending until smooth. Add poppy seeds. Pour over pasta mixture and toss. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 16-18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 255 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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BrendainPa User ID: 861741 19400
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"The dressing is what really makes this salad. It has a great sweet-sour flavor that really goes well with the veggies, even without the pasta! I did try making this with whole-wheat pasta and didn't care for it as much...I think the pasta was too heavy for it. Any/all veggies work well--I've added zucchini & celery with great results."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 44168
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I've been making this recipe for about 5 years now and it's always a hit; whether I make it for home or for a potluck. I like to use a whole grain pasta to make it little healthier."

Cgeddes User ID: 1390329 46534
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"This is a salad I make often to take to pot lucks and barbeques. It is always a hit and people just love it. I am asked for the recipe often. It is easy to make and looks beautiful. I usually substitute the bowtie pasta with the tri color pasta, it makes it more colorful."

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