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Spiral Pasta Salad with Marjoram Vinaigrette

Field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin likes to use home-grown herbs in her recipes. Notes Sue, “Marjoram, which I think is under-used, gets well-deserved attention in this fresh-tasting salad.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta, tomatoes, green pepper, onion and olives.
  • In a small bowl, combine vinegar, honey, marjoram, basil, mustard, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in oil. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 212 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • MrRob
    Jul 30, 2017

    Just made this for my family, and they loved it!

  • DRSchmitgall
    Oct 21, 2015

    Big hit with the family and guests I made for a grilling party.

  • katlaydee3
    Apr 7, 2014

    This had a strange flavor which started out slightly sweet but quickly became bitter. It was edible but I don't think I will make it again.

  • bjsilve0
    Aug 5, 2013

    Excellent! Have made it several times and everyone I have server it to has enjoyed it.

  • dlodin
    May 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • Rxmommy#758931
    Jul 23, 2011

    Excellent! I took this to a neighborhood BBQ and it was a hit!

  • ANN23GER
    Nov 19, 2010

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  • krystaljoy
    Mar 4, 2010

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  • lilgrannymac
    Apr 26, 2009

    this was very good. i am like you i love to use fresh herbs and spices when i cook.

  • scarlet286
    Mar 31, 2009

    This was very good!