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Sweet-Sour Pasta Salad

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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 137 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Dawn
    Oct 14, 2020

    Far too much sugar..i made this recipe and i thought it tasted awful....i wanted to love it..between the starchy pasta and white sugar, you had better test your blood sugar after eating this...could barely taste any sour flavor

  • Marci Knight
    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.

  • Hannah0418
    Jul 11, 2014

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

  • Ruffshse
    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

  • Margielou_wa
    Mar 25, 2012

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

  • MBLuttrell
    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!

  • johnsen
    Sep 2, 2010

    No comment left

  • Vicki Anne
    Aug 21, 2010

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

  • lhamacek
    Jul 27, 2010

    No comment left

  • poohbeardot
    Apr 9, 2010

    Have made this recipe many times and is always a hit