recipe-a-week #27: MIL's summer pasta salad

This is one of those sweet & sour pasta salads with that tomatoe-y and vinegar-y sauce. It's a fantastic sugary treat, especially as a side dish with some yummy summer food, such as corn on the cob or barbequed anything. And it couldn't be simpler to make. Mmmm.

Mother-in-law's Summer Pasta Salad

2 cups rotini (measure before cooking)
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 onion (Spanish or red), sliced and separated into rings
1/4 cucumber, sliced

1/8 cup oil
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar (or a bit less, if you prefer)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients (in a lidded jar works best) and shake until thoroughly blended and sugar is dissolved. Pour over cooked pasta and vegetables and serve. It's best if the dressing sits on the pasta and onions for a few hours before adding tomato and cucumber.

We have the in-laws with us for a few days (they brought Hurricane Bill with them), so I thought that this would be a fitting recipe for today. We've spent the morning lazing around doing nothing but checking the weather out the window every now and then. Really, the storm is missing us, for which we are both thankful and lucky. My tomoatoes might survive! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!


  1. Yummy, Matthew and I have made this one often since you've given us the recipe and it never disappoint! Say "hi" to the in-laws for us!

  2. That's what she was shopping for at the Superstore... We are glad we got to meet her ;))

  3. Hey, this is my husband's mother-in-law's pasta salad recipe too! ;) Must be a mother-in-law thing. So yummy!


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