A small drive-in dairy bar in our town which has been closed for some time used to make this…my kids missed it. I remembered they had the ingredients posted to a board in the drive-in for some reason, so I worked on trying to get it the way they prepared it. It’s finally right and I thought I would share it. We like this at room temperature, but it certainly can be refrigerated.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
Whisk sugar, salt, and hot water in a large salad bowl until sugar has dissolved. Stir vinegar, vegetable oil, and oregano into sugar mixture to make a dressing. Mix tomato, red bell pepper, and onion in the dressing. Gently fold rotini into dressing and vegetables, mix in Cheddar cheese, and season with black pepper.
Per Serving: 338 calories; protein 13g; carbohydrates 41.1g; fat 13.5g; cholesterol 29.4mg; sodium 469.3mg.