A great summer salad served cold that tastes better the longer it sits.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
11
Yield:
11 servings
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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook radiatore pasta until al dente. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, combine chopped onion, bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, and green chilies in a large bowl.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, cilantro, garlic salt, lemon juice, vegetable oil, sugar and chili powder.

  • Mix cooked pasta with vegetables. Toss with cilantro dressing and serve.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 16.3g 5% DV; fat 12.2g 19% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 514.1mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (62)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2005
My husband loves this salad and repeatedly asks me to make it. I omit the olives and green chilies and add only 2 teaspoons of white sugar. I also add just one teaspoon of chili powder since 1 tablespoon is way too spicy for us. Adding a can each of dark red kidney beans and whole kernel corn and using a red onion makes the salad even more attractive. If it weren't for the adjustments I've had to make on my own, this salad is definitely worthy of 5 stars. Its a keeper in my house! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2005
Too much going on all at once. The vinegar was way overpowering for me. I could not eat more than a few bites. Read More
(11)
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2005
My husband loves this salad and repeatedly asks me to make it. I omit the olives and green chilies and add only 2 teaspoons of white sugar. I also add just one teaspoon of chili powder since 1 tablespoon is way too spicy for us. Adding a can each of dark red kidney beans and whole kernel corn and using a red onion makes the salad even more attractive. If it weren't for the adjustments I've had to make on my own, this salad is definitely worthy of 5 stars. Its a keeper in my house! Read More
(61)
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2003
I was looking for a low-calorie pasta salad. This was the lowest I found and it sounded different. I was hesitant about only using 2 cups of dry pasta but it turned out to be plenty. I did add about 1/2 cup extra fresh cilantro to the salad. After letting it chill/marinade in the fridge for a few hours I've tasted it and think I will also add a finely diced jalapeno for some spice. It tastes really good now but I think I would enjoy the flavor of a jalapeno. Very good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is such a great recipe for those work related potluck/BBQ's. I never have any to bring home!!:( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
This is the best!! I did add avocados and black beans and corn. Everyone loved it!!! Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2005
Too much going on all at once. The vinegar was way overpowering for me. I could not eat more than a few bites. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2009
Awesome! I used Olive Oil instead and only 1/3 cup...Splenda instead of sugar and took out the bell pepper doubles the onion and added cucumber! Gotta try this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2005
This was a great salad. I used six roma tomatoes and a couple of jalapenos. If I make it again I'll add a bit more pasta and some chunks of avocado. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2010
I've made this a couple of times for potluck BBQs and everyone liked it. I used a red onion and yellow pepper for a little more color and it makes a lot of the dressing so the second time I used 3 cups of dry pasta instead of 2 and there was still plenty of dressing to coat everything well. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
Loved this recipe. I did take one reviewer's advice and added some fresh chopped jalapeno to the cilantro dressing. I also substituted purple onion and yellow bell pepper to make the dish more colorful! Also used regular penne pasta rather than the rainbow pasta - it is all that I had on hand. Great mixture of flavors! Read More
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