Groovy 'Who Brought That' Pasta Salad


I'm a middle child, so I have a need to stand out. This pasta salads fills that need, in both presentation and taste. This is the potluck show stopper that will have everyone asking 'Who brought that pasta salad?!'

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound tri-color rotini pasta

  • ½ cup water, divided

  • 5 drops red food coloring

  • 5 drops green food coloring

  • 5 drops blue food coloring

  • 5 drops yellow food coloring

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup cider vinegar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 small onion, grated

  • ½ green bell pepper, diced

  • 4 carrots, grated


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain and rinse under cold water.

  2. Put 2 tablespoons water in each of 4 resealable plastic bags; add red food coloring to a bag. Add green food coloring to second bag. Add blue food coloring to third bag. Add yellow food coloring to fourth bag.

  3. Divide rotini among the four bags; squeeze bag to evenly color rotini. Set aside to allow color to saturate, about 10 minutes. Transfer pasta to a large bowl.

  4. Whisk sugar, vinegar, oil, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved into dressing.

  5. Mix onion, green bell pepper, and carrots into pasta. Drizzle dressing over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note:

The amount of food coloring will depend on the number of colors you choose to use. If you prefer not to use artificial coloring, this pasta salad tastes great with traditional pasta too!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

453 Calories
15g Fat
72g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 453
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 292mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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