GARDEN PASTA SALAD

 

Garden Pasta Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

Garden Pasta Salad is a great salad but a little different since the dressing is sweet and sour.  We really like this for a change from the usual pasta salad. You can use your imagination and add other veggies, too. You can make this in advance, it keeps well. Perfect dish to add to any summer gathering! We look forward to this pasta salad every year when the garden starts filling up with delicious vegetables.

Garden pasta salad simple ingredients

Elbow macaroni

Celery

Green pepper

Cucumber

Tomatoes (could use cherry tomatoes)

Green onion

Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Dressing Simple Ingredients:

Sugar

Apple cider vinegar

Dried basil

Minced garlic

You could definitely use red and yellow bell peppers in this salad too! Such a versatile salad. Lately I have been using the English Cucumbers since you don’t have to peel them. They are really good!

“I promised to make this, this weekend. I did, I love it.. I know it will be made many times. Thank you.” -Susan

“I just made this salad today … still chilling in the fridge .. but from what I tasted .. its so YUMMY. Probably even better the next day! Put red & orange peppers and never peeled the cucumber and used whole wheat macaroni. Thanks so very much for the wonderful recipe!” – Shellina

“Tried this today substituting red and yellow peppers instead of the green pepper….also added some cut up cold hard boiled eggs for protein and served for lunch….bowl was licked clean…thank you for sharing !!!” – Jackie

“Loved this salad!! I used fresh basil and parsley from my herb garden instead of the dried. It will be in my favorite file from now on. Thanks so much.  My husband declared it a keeper!”- Bonnie

Full recipe in printable recipe card below

Garden Pasta Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

Garden Pasta Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

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5 from 9 votes

Garden Pasta Salad

This refreshing pasta salad is one your family will love. The dressing is wonderful! Great reviews on this one.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: garden salad, pasta salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni cooked according to package directions for salad pasta
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 2 or 3 large tomatoes chopped (could use cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped (could use regular onion)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions for salad. In a large salad bowl add pasta and remaining ingredients. Toss with dressing. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Makes about 8 to 10 servings and keeps several days in the refrigerator.

Dressing Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients in a saucepan and cook on low heat on top of the stove until sugar dissolves. Pour over salad.
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16 Comments

  1. I promised to make this, this weekend. I did, I love it..I know it will be made many times. Thank you.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Susan. So happy you like the salad. There are so many good ones on the site. You will have to try one each week. lol. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you for letting me know.

  2. I just made this salad today … still chilling in the fridge .. but from what I tasted .. its so YUMMY. Probably even better the next day πŸ™‚ Put red & orange peppers and never peeled the cucumber and used whole wheat macaroni. Thanks so very much for the wonderful recipe πŸ™‚5 stars

  3. Faye Hight says:

    I bet the red, orange or yellow peppers would be great in the salad. I prefer them to the green one. Thanks for posting.

  4. I would add some cheese cubes to this ,,,I love cheese.

  5. Are you supposed to refrigerate after you pour the dressing on it? or is it supposed to be served warm? Looks good, and I can’t wait to try it.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Refrigerate it, Laura.

  6. Jackie B Hill says:

    Tried this today substituting red and yellow peppers instead of the green pepper….also added some cut up cold hard boiled eggs for protein and served for lunch….bowl was licked clean…thank you for sharing !!!5 stars

  7. rebecca harringtn says:

    thankyou for sharing …..the dressing sounds so yummy….can not wait to make…….thankyou

  8. Mooiemiss says:

    I made this today and brought it to work it was a HUGE hit. I’m not a pepper fan so i omitted the green pepper but it was still so yummy and fulfilling as well.5 stars

    1. Mooiemiss says:

      I also wanted to add that I added a whole alvocado to my salad too. before I added it to the mixture i drizzled lime juice over the alvocado to help prevent browning. Again this was a huge hit!! Thank you so much!

  9. Do you have the nutrition information for this recipe?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, I don’t.

  10. Loved this salad!! I used fresh basil and parsley from my herb garden instead of the dried. It will be in my favorite file from now on. Thanks so much. πŸ™‚ My husband declared it a keeper!5 stars

  11. This looks great, Judy—we had something similar for supper last night. I love cold pasta salad in the summer. I like that we can put almost anything from our garden in it…and it tastes good!