We served this at our twin daughters' graduation open house. Since that time, it is our most requested pasta salad. My daughters will make batches of this to take back to college to share with their friends. Scale back the salt and MSG if it suits your tastes or needs, but in this recipe the amounts listed blend in very nicely.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
13 mins
additional:
9 hrs
total:
9 hrs 33 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; transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Whisk lemon juice and canola oil together in a small bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, seasoned salt, and flavor enhancer. Pour over pasta and toss to coat.

  • Refrigerate pasta mixture, tossing occasionally, until flavors combine, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Bring pasta mixture to room temperature, about 1 hour. Stir in cucumbers, tomatoes, green olives, black olives, green bell pepper, and green onions; toss to distribute evenly.

Cook's Note:

Substitute olive oil for the canola oil if desired.

Nutrition Facts

453 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 50g 16% DV; fat 24.9g 38% DV; cholesterol 7.8mg 3% DV; sodium 1539mg 62% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
We love this pasta salad! I have been making it since I first found it in his recipe box (before it was published). It's such a different style of pasta salad but the flavors are soooo good together that it becomes addicting. This is my second go-to pasta salad recipe! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2017
We love this pasta salad! I have been making it since I first found it in his recipe box (before it was published). It's such a different style of pasta salad but the flavors are soooo good together that it becomes addicting. This is my second go-to pasta salad recipe! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
1.23.17 I mixed up the pasta and dressing last night put it in the fridge and then added all the veggies today. The recipe author commented that you could cut back the salt and MSG so I reduced the salt since the recipe also includes olives (just personal taste preference) but left the MSG amount as indicated. I think the addition of the fresh lemon juice and seasoned salt (instead of regular salt) to the dressing really enhances this pasta salad and I like the variety of all the veggies. The tri-color rotini and all of the different ingredient colors give lovely presentation as well lots of eye appeal. We like pasta salad and this is a good one. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/17/2020
This pasta salad is waaaay to salty. Recipe says 2-1/2 TBL salt. I ended up not using the sauce and started over using only 1 tsp of salt. Much better, but still not one of my favorites. Read More
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