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Draining the marinade before serving keeps the fat and sodium low in this cold pasta salad.
1 lb. uncooked small seashell macaroni (9 cups cooked)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
black pepper to taste
2 oz. jar sliced pimentos
2 small cucumbers
2 small onions thinly sliced
18 lettuce leaves
1. Cook macaroni in unsalted water, drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Stir in oil.
2. Transfer to 4-quart bowl. Place sugar, vinegar, orange juice, water, prepared mustard, salt, pepper, and pimento in blender. Process at low speed 15-20 seconds, or just enough so flecks of pimento can be seen. Pour over macaroni.
3. Score cucumber peel with fork tines. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice thinly. Add to pasta with onion slices. Toss well.
4. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator 24 hours. Stir occasionally.
5. Drain and serve on lettuce.
Yield: 18 servings--Serving Size: 1/2 cup
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Member Comments About this Recipe
"This is a great tasting recipe. I had some doubts at first but was surprisingly shocked at how great it was. I didn't use it with lettuce, I made it as a side dish at a party and everyone loved it. It is not soggy at all and the longer it refrigerates the better it is. I can't stop eating it.
The only thing I will do differently next time is use sweet onions, it can be overpowering." -- DELTABWA
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