This salad is always a big hit at buffets and especially picnics. The small amount of mayonnaise allows it to keep much better than the traditional pasta salad.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse with cool water. Drain well.

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  • Meanwhile, combine chopped vegetables, sugar, oil, mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, and shredded Cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Stir in pasta. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

356.3 calories; 6.3 g protein; 45.5 g carbohydrates; 3.3 mg cholesterol; 91.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2004
Reading the previous reviews helped me make this recipe work! The sugar definately needs to be cut in half and adding more veggies and red onion worked great. Another dish to add to my collection where people are always asking for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2005
I'm sorry but this recipe just didn't do it for me. I made it based on previous reviews but I'm afraid I won't be making this again. Sorry Jennifer:( Read More
(10)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2004
Reading the previous reviews helped me make this recipe work! The sugar definately needs to be cut in half and adding more veggies and red onion worked great. Another dish to add to my collection where people are always asking for the recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2005
I'm sorry but this recipe just didn't do it for me. I made it based on previous reviews but I'm afraid I won't be making this again. Sorry Jennifer:( Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2004
Reading the previous reviews helped me make this recipe work! The sugar definately needs to be cut in half and adding more veggies and red onion worked great. Another dish to add to my collection where people are always asking for the recipe! Read More
(7)
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Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2003
I would add much less sugar next time...way too sweet. I also added chopped red onion diced tomatoes and a small can of sliced black olives. This made it much more colorful and better tasting. A fun one to play with. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/11/2016
My family and I normally LOVE pasta salads but this one was way too sugary. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2007
We had this at our end of the summer picnic and everyone loved it. We couldn't stop picking at the veggies. I used tomotoes cucumbers olives red onion yellow bell peppers and broccoli. It was a nice colorful dish for a buffet. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2010
The basic ingredients are fine but the proportions need adjustment. I used mini bow-tie pasta and would cut the pasta back to 1/2 to 3/4 pound. I used a whole cucumber seeded and chopped; 2 cups of chopped broccoli; a whole red pepper seeded and chopped. I combined the rest of the ingredients to make a dressing then added it to the pasta and vegetables. I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and added 3 tablespoons of Miracle Whip. After adjustments I really did enjoy the flavor with the mustard being a nice change of pace from the usual creamy pasta salad. The recipe as written makes a huge amount so I probably won't make a full recipe again unless it's for a church supper. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/14/2003
I would not use this recipe again. WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! I used only 1/3 (sugar) of what the recipe called for and it was still too much! Luckily my husband suggested adding some lime juice which took away a lot of the sweet taste. YIKES! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/13/2003
I cut the sugar in half and it was still too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I reviewed this previously but forgot the stars! This is a great recipe! I too cut the sugar some and doubled the veggies. We love the crunch of onions bell peppers cucumbers even squash. I just check out what the store has when I go. We fix this for all types of gatherings all year long and it is very well received. Just thought after all the lower reviews I needed to stand up for one of my favorite stand-bys! Read More
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