Cool Cucumber Pasta Salad

My favorite Physical Therapist, Sarah Jo, asked me for this recipe last night, so I thought I’d pass it along publicly. This is a ridiculously good pasta salad for those of you who had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year. For those of you whose cucumbers dried up in a spectacular display of withering, as ours did, you may have to beg, borrow, or buy some, because this recipe is DELICIOUS! You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge right now. It’s a great cool side, perfect for picnicking or potlucks!

So for you, Sarah Jo, and the rest of the world, here is the recipe for a crowd. Cut in half if you’re feeding a family.

Cool Cucumber Pasta Salad

  • 16 oz penne pasta, preferably tri-color
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 4 medium cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1-2 tsp each)

Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain. Rinse under cold water.

Place pasta in large bowl. Add cucumbers and onion.

Whisk remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl. Pour over salad and gently mix.

Cover and chill in refrigerator 2-4 hours, stirring occasionally.



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