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Springtime Pasta Salad Recipe

Springtime Pasta Salad

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"This light, colorful, and fresh pasta salad that everyone will love is great for get-togethers! Easy to reduce calories by using light mayo and light sour cream. If you make this the night before, add a little water and toss again to 'rejuvenate' before serving the next day."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool; drain. Transfer pasta to a large bowl.
  2. Stir cucumber, black olives, red onion, mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, salt, dry mustard, and garlic salt together in a bowl; pour over the pasta and gently mix to coat evenly.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2013

I made this for recipe group today. I thought I had everything for this until I started to put it together. I couldn't find my dry mustard anywhere, so I used a 1/2 tsp prepared mustard, and I found out I was out of garlic salt which was an omen, because it was PLENTY salty enough (I just added a 1/4 tsp of plain garlic powder instead). The cucumber was definitely detectable and I used a small one. This was very creamy, so I'm thinking I could have added more pasta, since we were eating right away, or it would be a good make ahead salad as I don't think it would dry out too much over night. Anyway, I think it's a nice change from the traditional salads of this sort that use Italian-style dressing and since I've never used a sour cream/mayo base in a pasta salad before, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised how well they work together. I would suggest adding some chopped tomato and crumbled bacon though to make it five stars:)...that's what I ended up doing and it was delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 27, 2013

I omitted the black olives and added sliced carrots. Those were my only changes. This seemed like the base of a pasta salad. I would have liked more vegetables, some grape tomatoes, some herbs in the dressing and some lemon juice. Thanks for sharing.


9 Ratings

Mar 22, 2013

Made for Recipe Group. I left out the olives since I don't like them. By suppertime the salad was really dry, and I doubled the dressing to start. It was just too bland for us. I resurrected it by dousing in Ranch dressing, added some grape tomatoes and McCormicks Salad Supreme. Thanks anyway.

Mar 19, 2013

Made this pasta salad for the Buzz Recipe Group selection. While this was an easy recipe to prepare, the different ingredients just did not blend and suit our taste. It is very creamy and the cucumber is very noticeable. I served it on individual plates of spring mixed greens along with grilled hamburgers. Thanks NCO-s wife for sharing your recipe!

Mar 23, 2013

Recipe Group Selection: 16, March 2013 ~ My family loves cold pasta salad, with any type of dressing. I had high hopes for this one, as we really enjoy cucumbers. I did omit the olives as we don’t care for them, and I had very small English cucumbers, so I just sliced them thin and left the skins on. The dressing was pretty thick and it soaked up quickly in pasta. We only waited about an hour to eat this once made. The family liked it the night we ate it, but we had to add additional dressing to the leftovers as it was a little dry. Not bad, and I will try it again. Might add a little vinegar to thin the dressing a bit.

Mar 18, 2013

Made this for Recipe Group...This was just ok for us. I really feel that there is something missing, but not sure what. Also, I made this earlier in the day, and by time dinner rolled around, it was a bit on the dry side. Only 1 out of 3 kids ate this, and hubby said it needed more flavor...I agree. This was nice to try for something different, and I may play around w/ it a bit to suit my family's tastes. Thanks for sharing. :)

Mar 16, 2013

I made this for Recipe Group. I forgot to salt my pasta as it cooked and am very glad I made that mistake as this was a little salty for my taste. Next time, I will use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. As the submitter suggested, I used light mayo and light sour cream. I also omitted the olives because I don't care for them. Because the volume was less, I sparingly added the dressing and am glad I did. This is a good basic recipe to which more veggies like carrots and green peppers could be added.

Mar 16, 2013

Made for recipe group. Very tasty, creamy and a keeper. The olives did the trick for me. I wouldn't change a thing. I would double for bringing to a picnic. I did use fresh dill as it didn't say so I assumed. Overall Refreshing.


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  • Calories
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 392 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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