A small drive-in dairy bar in our town which has been closed for some time used to make this...my kids missed it. I remembered they had the ingredients posted to a board in the drive-in for some reason, so I worked on trying to get it the way they prepared it. It's finally right and I thought I would share it. We like this at room temperature, but it certainly can be refrigerated.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 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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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water to cool.

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  • Whisk sugar, salt, and hot water in a large salad bowl until sugar has dissolved. Stir vinegar, vegetable oil, and oregano into sugar mixture to make a dressing. Mix tomato, red bell pepper, and onion in the dressing. Gently fold rotini into dressing and vegetables, mix in Cheddar cheese, and season with black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 13g 26% DV; carbohydrates 41.1g 13% DV; fat 13.5g 21% DV; cholesterol 29.4mg 10% DV; sodium 469.3mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2015
Made this for a family dinner get together everyone loved it. Used chunks of 5 different cheeses instead of the shredded and cut some grape tomatoes up rather than a whole tomato(stuff I had on hand) the rest the same. Tripled the recipe. Very good:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2015
Made this for a family dinner get together everyone loved it. Used chunks of 5 different cheeses instead of the shredded and cut some grape tomatoes up rather than a whole tomato(stuff I had on hand) the rest the same. Tripled the recipe. Very good:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2014
A really good pasta salad with a lovely fresh flavor to it which we all enjoyed quite a bit. I did use olive oil instead of vegetable oil as well as diced grape tomatoes instead of one large tomato as they're both what I had on hand. I also shredded my own sharp cheddar instead of using pre-shredded as well but it was still sharp cheddar so that's not a drastic difference. It was pretty easy to make and enjoyed by all and I will definitely be making it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2013
This was good. Next time I may try it without the cheese or with significantly less cheese just based on my personal preference. I used grape tomatoes in lieu of a tomato. Thanks for sharing your recipe ISLANDGIRLEJFAN! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2019
My family loved this! Perfect summer side dish with grilled meat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2020
It is absolutely amazing!!! Read More