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Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

This salad goes over really well with all ages, and it's a good way to get kids to eat summer squash. —Opal Shipman Levelland, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper


  • For dressing, whisk first 6 ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a large bowl; toss with dressing.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 241 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • cynthia
    Oct 17, 2020

    My very picky husband made yummy noises the whole time he ate this. When he was done, I overheard him telling my granddaughter that was the best salad he ever ate! I might have to plant a garden next year just for this recipe!

  • lee1briggs
    Aug 21, 2020

    No comment left

  • Teachergirl302
    Sep 6, 2019

    This is delish! Try cutting sugar by using measurable sweetener.

  • John
    Aug 14, 2019

    Really! What is the matter with you? Our kids don't need sugar!!

  • CaseyBen
    Jul 23, 2019

    This is incredible! I made it exactly as written for a large gathering. Everyone raved about how good it was. A keeper for sure

  • Happydaz
    Jun 18, 2018

    I wasn't sure how I would like eating raw squash and zucchini. I followed the recipe exact. The family absolutely loved it...great success. When the zucchinis come in here shortly, this will be a summer staple for us. Glad I came across this recipe. Thank you for publishing.

  • downs5
    Aug 18, 2017

    This squash salad was great! Mine did not get soggy and stayed crunchy even after a second day in the refrigerator. It does make a lot, so it is a good side dish to bring to a family function.

  • lorriej58
    Aug 18, 2017

    I made this salad for a family cookout and everyone loved it. I am emailing it to them.Lorrie NH

  • toots29
    Jul 11, 2017

    Excellent. Would be great with cucumbers too. Still crispy the next day.

  • CSheilds
    Aug 20, 2013

    I made this for a side at a BBQ this past weekend, and it was a big hit - even among non-veggie lovers. It was very refreshing and light. I was originally planning to maybe steam the squash, but sliced it thin, left it raw, and it was perfect. Very colorful and pretty dish too.