recipe: sweet & sour pasta salad

How about a yummy summer recipe to start off the week? Sweet and sour pasta salad! My mom makes this all the time for picnics and parties and it’s one of my favorites. She brought it recently to a family thing and I realized I never shared it here and that’s just a travesty. And it’s perfect now that the weather is getting warmer- goes great as a quick side dish for burgers or grilled chicken or even for a light lunch (you could probably throw in some shredded cooked chicken or something and it would be delicious!)



Sweet and Sour Pasta Salad
  1. 1 box tri-colored rotini pasta (cooked, drained and rinsed)
  2. 1/2 to 1 cup chopped green pepper
  3. 1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion
  4. black & green olives (I usually pick these out but Dan likes them. Ew.)
  5. either cubed tomato or cherry tomatoes
For the dressing
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup oil
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine the pasta, veggies, and olives. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the pasta mixture. Mix well and chill for several hours to overnight. Mix well occasionally to distribute the dressing and flavors. There should be enough dressing so that you can see the extra liquid settled on bottom of your container. You can make any amount of extra dressing needed by keeping to the formula of 1 part each of vinegar and oil and 2 parts sugar.


  1. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    June 11, 2012 9:45 am


    And, Yay!, you don’t like olives, either. (All the adult women in my family, including my wife & in-laws like olives. Out of the men, only my brother-in-law does, so it always seemed so gender-biased to me! Ha!)

    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jill

    June 28, 2012 7:03 am

    Really simple but really tasty, looking for ideas to take on a picnic and this is perfect, thank you.

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