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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

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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Marci Knight User ID: 1695737 40939
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."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 69542
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

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

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 27658
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"

Margielou_wa User ID: 56764 75303
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

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

MBLuttrell User ID: 6611820 85237
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!"

Vicki Anne User ID: 4308328 22802
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

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

poohbeardot User ID: 3631192 26877
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

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

wunsagin User ID: 791731 40899
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

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

char3bc User ID: 1038035 40894
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."

cjollimore User ID: 1654001 27657
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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