This is a very forgiving salad. Adjust the ingredients as you wish. I know people who use various kinds of sweeteners instead of sugar, or in addition to a lesser amount of sugar. Vary the vegetables as you wish. I agree that the amount of dressing is too much, but you can make it up and add a little at a time until it's dressed as you wish, and then use the rest later on something else. Also, the longer this sits, the better it tastes. Try to put it together the day before serving, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
I won't be making this because of the one cup of sugar. In this day and age with all we know about sugar this really shouldn't be promoted. I like sugar just like anyone else, so if it's in my dessert, OK. My salad I should always be able to eat and serve knowing I am benefitting from all the wonderful veggies not having dessert before dessert. I also don't want to serve this to the large percentage of diabetics in America. I wanted one star and it wouldn't let me rate that low. Wow.
when i first saw this, with the canned veggies in it, i didn't know what to think; but the comments made me curious! this was awesome! i did use frozen peas, but made as directed. as another, only used about half of the dressing. eating it with peanuts on top today !!!
I take this salad to many cook-outs or other gatherings. Everyone asks for the recipe or ask what is in the dressing. One person basically ate the whole entire salad. It is easy to make and is great left-over. This is definitely a keeper!