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Tomato Spiral Toss

"When my husband and I don't have a lot of time, we fix this pleasing pasta dish," remarks Nicole Lynch of Powell River, British Columbia. It's easy to prepare...and easy on the pocketbook at 42 cents a serving. The price comes down even more if you use homegrown tomatoes from your garden.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes and basil in a serving bowl; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain pasta; add to tomato mixture. Drizzle with oil mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 237 calories, 11g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • vbag
    Apr 21, 2014

    I love the meld of flavors in this recipe; however, I wanted to make it bolder with some meat and use it as a main dish. I tried chunks of roasted chicken. Perfect!

  • Remenec
    Feb 18, 2014

    The flavor combinations of the tomato, basil, and garlic work well together. I thought the dressing was a little lacking in flavor, however. Next time I would definitely use closer to 1/4 cup of canola oil, as I thought 1/2 cup was too much. Also, I added some Zesty Italian dressing to spice up the salad a little.

  • debluvscookin
    Jan 27, 2014

    Very good flavors. Would be good hot or cold. Add chicken for a chicken pasta salad.

  • cookingwamy
    Aug 24, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe and have made it lots of times! The only things I do different is to let all the ingredients (except the pasta) sit together for a while to help blend the flavors and I add some cooked chicken sometimes. YUM!

  • joememe348
    Apr 22, 2010

    P.S. It's much better with fresh basil!

  • joememe348
    Apr 22, 2010

    Found this recipe several years ago and it is a family favorite especially in the summer when Jersey tomatoes are at their best. Anytime ive severed this to company, they've asked for the recipe.

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    Mar 28, 2010


  • RowanA
    Dec 13, 2009

    I made this recipe for a party at work, everyone enjoyed and several people asked me for the recipe. I would definitely make this salad again.

  • keverwann
    Jul 7, 2009

    It turns out to be room temperature because the tomatoes are cool and the pasta is hot. We like how it tastes and feels. It is also good chilled.

  • luckyladyx
    May 1, 2009

    Is this recipe served cold?