Groovy 'Who Brought That' Pasta Salad

Groovy 'Who Brought That' Pasta Salad

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"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?!'"
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2 h 40 m servings 453 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 453 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 14.6 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 72.3g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 8 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 320 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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!


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Please refer to the "Cook's Note" if your personal choice is not to use food coloring :) On a related note, if you are choosing to go for the tie dyed effect, the recipe should say to use regul...

A nice change of pace from the Italian and Greek pasta salad dressings. I used a variety of garden vegetables with shell pasta, as that's what I had. I hope to have a reason to try the Tied Dy...

I was looking for an alternative pasta dish to serve to my family. I feel compelled to write this review. I implore you to NEVER use artificial food coloring. It causes all kinds of well known...

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