It doesn’t get any better than Curly Roni!

It seems oh so long ago, about this time in May, that we were planning the menus for our two sons’ graduation parties. Or was that just yesterday?

Our guys graduated from East Grand Forks Senior High School;  Troy in 1983 and Dean in 1986.

For the life of me I can’t remember what Dean asked for in the line of food, but I do recall that Troy requested egg salad. To this day he loves egg salad and that night I slipped it into little cream puffs.

They were yummy!

If I had to do it all over again I’d also serve a pasta salad. Not just any pasta salad, mind you, but Carol Groven’s Curly Roni Salad. I think many pasta salads tend to be rather tasteless, but not Carol’s. It has zest and zip and tang.

Our friends, Carol and Jim Groven live in Grand Forks and Carol has served her Curly Roni Salad for each of their three children’s graduations. I believe I first tasted it at their daughter Julie’s open house. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique flavor of this salad and couldn’t leave the Groven’s house without the recipe leaving with me. Carol says she’s made this family favorite for “years and years and years.” It has one ingredient not usually found in pasta salad recipes. Can you guess which one it is?

Curly Roni Salad
1 pound rotini twists cooked according to package directions
4 carrots grated
4 celery stalks cut up
1 chopped green pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package chopped radishes

Combine above in large bowl and stir in dressing made of:

½ cup white vinegar (be sure to use white)
2 cups salad dressing
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup white sugar
½ teaspoon pepper

Mix dressing ingredients well then stir in the rotini and veggies. Refrigerate until serving time.

If you guessed the secret ingredient to be the sweetened condensed milk, you’re right. “I think that’s what makes it,” Carol says.

If you are cooking up a storm for an upcoming graduation open house why not add a bowl of Curly Roni to your serving table. You and your guests will be glad you did.

Until Soon

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