Capsicum, Cucumber and Olive Pasta Salad

    30 minutes

    The secret to this pasta salad is to use two kinds of dressing. Make it a day ahead of time to allow the flavours to blend.

    26 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 1 cup (250ml) distilled white vinegar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 cups (500ml) French dressing
    • 1 cup (250ml) Italian dressing
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 125g sliced black olives
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup chopped baby carrots
    • 1 green capsicum, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. In a small saucepan, bring vinegar and sugar to a boil. Boil for one minute.
    3. In large bowl, combine vinegar mixture and both dressings. Mix well. Add pasta, cucumber, olives, tomato, onion, carrots and capsicum; toss. Season with celery salt, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.

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    This is a wonderful summertime side dish with all of its fresh veggies. The dressing is sweet and tangy -- a nice change from the mayo based versions. My only gripe is that the prep time is a lot longer than stated. I knew it would be as I wanted to take the extra time too to cut things up nice and small so it would be visually appealing. The pasta also holds up great with this dressing. Definitely make the night before so all of the flavors have a chance to really soak in.  -  09 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband and I enjoyed this pasta dish. It has great flavor like no other pasta salad we have had. I used Paul Newman's Italian dressing with it and it was great. I hope others will enjoy this dish also.  -  26 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe caught my eye so I made it and took it to a cookout. It was a BIG hit!! Nice "zing" in every bite!!  -  07 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)