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Sweet Wisconsin Pasta Salad

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This colorful cold Pasta Salad is refreshingly sweet, crunchy, and bursting with fresh summer flavor making it a perfect side to any BBQ or picnic. I have been making this pasta salad since I was in middle school when my neighbor who was from Poland taught me. During the summer months in Wisconsin we had this salad at least 6 times every year. Since then my Mother and I have tweaked it slightly but this recipe still will always be Kathies in our heart. She has now moved down to Chicago with her family but she will always be part of ours and have that special place in our heart and belly.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb. Cooked Rotini
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 /2 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 2 tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 2 Green Peppers (diced)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion(sliced thin)
  • 2 Cucumbers (peeled and quartered)
  • 1 pt. Cherry Tomatoes (halved)

Directions:

Cook Rotini pasta per package directions. Run under cold water and drain pasta. Stir together Vinegar, Oil, and seasonings. Mix all vegetables and pasta in large bowl and pour dressing over top. Stir to cover thoroughly and refrigerate at least 1 hour up to overnight. The longer the Pasta Salad marinates the better.

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We love to serve this Pasta Salad along side our favorite Instant Pot Ribs, Homemade Coleslaw and Southern BBQ Beans.

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Sweet Wisconsin Pasta Salad

This colorful cold Pasta Salad is refreshingly sweet, crunchy, bursting with flavor making it a perfect side to any BBQ or picnic.
Prep Time30 mins
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, quick and easy, vegetarian
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 416kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Rotini Pasta Cooked
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 large Green Peppers diced
  • 1 large Yellow Onion sliced thin
  • 2 Cucumbers peeled and quartered
  • 1 pt Cherry Tomatoes halved

Instructions

  • Cook Rotini pasta per package directions. Run under cold water and drain pasta. Stir together Vinegar, Oil and seasonings. Mix all vegetables and pasta in large bowl and pour dressing over top. Stir to cover thoroughly and refrigerate at least 1 hour up to overnight. The longer the Pasta Salad marinates the better.

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