This is an excellent macaroni salad that everyone in my family has made over the years, and now I make. We have this with dinner at least once a week or every two weeks. It's a hit with everyone, as there's ketchup and sugar in it for the kids. Just try it; you'll LOVE it!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk canola oil, sugar, ketchup, vinegar, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Set aside to let the flavors blend for 30 minutes.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.

  • Combine cooled pasta, tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, and cucumber in a bowl.

  • Drizzle the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss to coat.

  • Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 56.7g; fat 28.8g; sodium 809.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2018
Great recipe! When I made second time I let it sit for 4-5 hrs before serving and found it tastes much better. Also I cut back on the amount of dressing made. Will definitely make again and again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2020
The flavor is good but it's really oily. If I make it again, I'll definitely cut back on the amount of oil. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2018
Great recipe! When I made second time I let it sit for 4-5 hrs before serving and found it tastes much better. Also I cut back on the amount of dressing made. Will definitely make again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2016
A macaroni salad that wasn't just a macaroni salad. I thought it was cool and refreshing. This recipe made a huge amount. Next time I try it I will cut the recipe in half even if it is for a potluck. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2020
The flavor is good but it's really oily. If I make it again, I'll definitely cut back on the amount of oil. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2014
Wow just what i was looking for macaroni salad with a twist easy and tasty thanks for sharing this is a keeper i will make it again note: my hubby is diabetic i made the portion for 4 i added 2 1/2 tblsp of splenda instead of the amt. Of sugar called for. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
This is wonderful! The only change that I made was to add only 1/2 of the amount of ketchup that was suggested. I also omitted the onion at first and realized that it didn't have enough zing so after adding the onion and marinating it over night it was fabulous. I also sent the receipt over to one of my friends that loves to cook too. Thanks so much to author of the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2016
I made this for Easter added a bit of garlic and chunked cheese & everyone loved it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2020
Really fresh and beautiful colors. I love the vinegar flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2015
A nice change for pasta salad. I had leftover mini penne pasta and it worked great in this recipe. I made up half the dressing amount and used an orange bell pepper as that is what I had on hand. I decreased the sugar just a tad and the dressing was great. The dressing alone would be great on a tossed salad. Definitely a salad I would make again as it is something different and we like different. Served it with a bowl of spicy chili and we enjoyed the mixture of spice and sweet. Read More