Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe
This sweet yet savory pasta salad calls for rotini noodles, fresh vegetables and a sweet cucumber vinaigrette.
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

  • Nutrition Highlights: Cucumbers are a great source of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners

Ingredients

  • ½ pound rotini pasta noodles, cooked (½ pound equals 2 heaping cups uncooked)
  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup green pepper, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed

Dressing:

  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cucumber, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Cook rotini until al dente, and rinse.
  2. Combine chopped onion and cucumber in a bowl. Add cooked pasta. Combine remainder of dressing ingredients. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over pasta, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next morning, add all of the vegetables. Add more of each fresh vegetable if desired. Combine with pasta and dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tips & Notes

Omit or add any vegetables to flavor the pasta salad to your liking.  To cut calories, use less sugar in the dressing.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This just looks so colorful and delish! I must try it sometime. Do you know if it has been tested on children? My grandkids can be picky eaters.

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