Easy Mostaccioli Salad

Perfect for parties, picnics, and potlucks, this chilled mostaccioli salad has a tasty cucumber-onion dressing.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package mostaccioli pasta

  • 6 drops yellow food coloring

  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups white vinegar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons yellow mustard

  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and food coloring to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Rinse and drain pasta.

  2. Combine cucumber, onion, vinegar, sugar, parsley, garlic salt, salt, pepper, MSG, and mustard in a blender; blend until smooth.

  3. Place pasta in a large bowl. Add oil and toss to coat, then toss with cucumber-onion dressing. Refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Stir before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
10g Fat
45g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 112mg 2%

* 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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